Spring—and the Ducks—Return:Assumption Will Hold 13th Annual Duck Day April 25
Though spring has been with us for a few weeks, the weather has taken its time to warm up, and in turn, delaying Assumption College’s 13th annual Duck Day celebration, a much anticipated and beloved tradition that marks the arrival of spring in Worcester. Students of all ages (those from local elementary schools as well as from Assumption) will adorn duck-themed gear and enjoy duck-themed snacks as they gather around the pond to watch the ducks waddle down the red carpet into the water.
This year’s celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 25 (with a rain date of Thursday, April 27), at 11:30 a.m., by the Duck Pond, located in front of La Maison Francaise of the Assumption College Campus, 500 Salisbury St., in Worcester.
Children from local area elementary schools and the Assumption community are encouraged to join in the welcoming of the ducks back to Campus. While this year marks the 13th annual “Duck Day” tradition, it is actually the 33rd anniversary of the ducks arrival. Before Duck Day became an official Assumption event more than a decade ago, the late Kenneth Moynihan, Ph.D., Assumption professor emeritus of history, and his wife, Mary Jo, would house the ducks in their Paxton barn during the winter months.
For 20 years, Professor Moynihan and his wife would quietly bring the ducks back to campus with no fanfare. That was until Assumption’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Catherine WoodBrooks, Ph.D., asked them if they would mind if the ducks’ return to Campus became an official Assumption event. Although Moynihan passed away in January 2014, his legacy at Assumption still lives on through the Duck Day tradition.
T-shirts to promote Duck Day will be sold on campus, with proceeds benefitting Prince of Peace School, an elementary school in the Beni Region of the Congo that was recently built by the Assumptionists. The new school educates displaced children and orphans in the region a result of years of conflict. This year, all shirt sales will go towards helping fund the school, purchase necessary supplies, and to pay tuition for some of the children.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College