Friday the 13th isn't bad luck, it's a holiday celebrated here in Central New York with Colgate University. Each Friday the 13th the college celebrates what's called Colgate Day.

The university’s connection to the number 13 dates back to its founding.

In 1817, 13 men — six clergy and seven laymen — met in the frontier settlement of Hamilton with “13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles.” During that meeting, the men founded the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, the cornerstone for what would become Colgate."

But the relationship with the number doesn’t just stop there. The university’s address, 13 Oak Drive. And Colgate’s zip code, 13346. The first two numbers, standing alone, are the number 13, and the sum of the remaining three totals 13. Even the university’s motto has a connection with 13.

There are — no surprise here — 13 letters in “Deo ac Veritati,” a Latin phrase meaning “for God and for truth.”

So here's a few local events to take part in this January 13th 2017:

#Project13 on Social Media

Alumni, students, and friends find "13" in very unique ways around the world! Over 200 photographs have been submitted on past Colgate Day events. Share your photos of "13" in the wild by emailing or tagging your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #Project13.


Celebrate Colgate Day with the Club of Central New York!

Mix and mingle with other local alumni, family, and friends at Syracuse Suds Factory in celebration of the first Colgate Day of 2017. The cost is $13 per person.* Appetizers will be provided. Cash bar.


Go 'gate: Watch Raiders Ice Hockey from anywhere!

Your Colgate Raiders hockey teams take on Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey action, and you can watch both games. The women's game starts at 6:00 p.m. from Colgate's Class of 1965 Arena and streams live via the Patriot League Network. The men's game at Quinnipiac takes place at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on SNY, TSN Go (in Canada) or via livestream. Visit for up-to-date scheduling and streaming information.


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