The sixth and last principle that was provided by Ernest was the principle of a celebrative community. A college is a celebrative community where the heritage and the prestige of an institution are remembered and where rituals are carried out that affirms both tradition as well as change which are widely shared. Social events and activities, rites, ceremonies and celebrations unites the campus community through interaction and provides them with a sense of belonging which is something worthwhile and enduring for individuals in a community. All institutions and universities have a set of specific events that provides them with a sense of belonging such as convocations, orientations, alumni reunions. This makes individuals feel as if they are more than just students in fact they are a part of a whole community. For instance, Harvard University provides its graduated with rings thus forming their own cultural heritage something that keeps them connected to each other even after their graduations. In our university, our alumni program ensures that the entire graduating batch still stays in contact thereby creating a sound community. (Boyer)
I believe that our college should embrace the principle of Boyer mainly because it enables students to not just become a part of the university but in fact become a part of the whole community. Hence I do believe that Indiana university needs to be purposeful, open, just, disciplined, caring and celebrative because students come to a college to learn and these principles would ensure that an environment is formed which encourages learning, equality amongst all and a sense of belonging that all individuals carry with themselves something more than just a diploma at the graduation. Therefore it is extremely important that all universities and colleges should strive to attain the six principles that were pointed out by Ernest Boyer.