Top #highered Holiday Cards – 2013 Edition

December 17th, 2013 Karine Joly 37 Comments

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2013 Holiday Videos SelectionI love holidays cards. So, every year since 2010, I watch lots of them to create a nice little collection for everybody’s viewing pleasure (2010 collection, 2011 collection and 2012 collection)

This year again, I asked the readers of my weekly newsletter (not a subscriber yet?) if they could send links to their 2013 holidays cards. I also got some suggestions via Twitter and Facebook.

So, here’s the selection of my favorites 2013 holidays videos (in no specific order).

If you have a holiday card or have seen a cool one that isn’t listed here, post a comment so we can all watch it – and get inspired, next year, when it’s time to come up with an idea for the 2014 Holiday Video :-)

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

University at Albany

Stony Brook University

Sheridan College

Full Sail University

College of William & Mary


Humboldt State University

Wagner College

Georgia Tech

Eastern Mennonite University

University of Michigan Institute for Social Research

California Lutheran University

High Point University

Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment

USC Dornsife

University of Nevada, Reno

Gettysburg College

SUNY Oswego

John Carroll University

University of Rochester

Monroe Community College

St. Bonaventure University

Community College of Philadelphia

Colorado State University

University of South Florida College of Business

Adams State University

Bluffton University

Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters

Drew University

Occidental College

College of the Holy Cross

West Virginia University

Western University

University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Eastern Michigan University

University of Colorado – Denver

Seattle Pacific University: An Animated GIF!

Seattle Pacific University

Webster University: A Responsive Snow Globe – check it out on your mobile device!

Webster University Snow Globe

Other holiday cards?

Don’t forget to post yours in the comment!

37 Responses

  1. It’s not a card as such but we ‘wrapped up’ some highlights from our 50th Anniversary year:

  2. I would highly recommend the UNH video all about the top moments of the year through Twitter, featuring President Mark Huddleston and Wild E. Cat:


  3. Oberlin’s winter video:

    Our logic: when in doubt, include small humans. They make everything awesome!

  4. Cathy Orndorff says:

    West Virginia University’s 2013 Holiday Card
    ‘The Place Just Right’
    Please enjoy this year’s holiday message featuring our University Singers, directed by Jeffery Redding, singing this moving rendition of Simple Gifts at iconic locations around campus. Truly, the lyrics which include “the place just right…” resound this holiday season.

    Happy Holidays from the WVU Family!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Washington College’s holiday message:

    We went super simple this year, and it perfectly coincided with some winter weather in Chestertown so on social this is complemented by real snow pics.

  6. @socialmatt says:

    University of Colorado Denver’s video:

  7. Happy holidays from Western Carolina University, looking forward to our 125th anniversary next year, and looking back on a year filled with moments to remember:

  8. Happy holidays from Delta College in Michigan!

    This year we created a slow motion video “photo booth” featuring our student clubs and athletes.

  9. Laura Turner says:

    Lehigh University’s holiday video:

  10. Our card this year features our mascot (Derrick the Oiler) and his caroling challenges. Merry Christmas from The University of Findlay!

  11. Be sure to check out Birmingham-Southern’s holiday card!

  12. Luke Bukoski says:

    At UNC Asheville we decided to focus more on the changing of the year than the holidays. You can check it out here:

  13. Happy holidays from the University of Central Missouri.

    This year, one of our students brought campus to life in UCM’s holiday video:

  14. Season’s greetings from Philadelphia University!

    We decided to do something a little different this year: show off the work of some of our graphic design students while providing visitors with something that we hope is a little more engaging than a video.

    Enjoy our holiday “cards” and don’t let the boss see you playing for too long!

  15. Erika Fields says:

    Simmons College’s holiday adventure video:

  16. Merry Christmas from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts!

    Here is our annual Christmas video:

  17. Here is one from Siena College

  18. Merry Christmas from Regis University in sunny Denver, CO! Turns out our president has some great acting skills…

  19. Interactive holiday card from President Steve and First Lady Janet Leath
    Iowa State’s Night Before Christmas – A Visit from Cy Gnome

  20. Callie Livengood says:

    University of Mount Union’s holiday card:

  21. Ronnie Johnston says:

    I nominate this one from my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with its theme of gratitude:

  22. Here is ours from The University of Findlay.

  23. UC Davis says:

    Season’s greetings from UC Davis. Enjoy our holiday card
    Louise Uota, Director, Ceremonies & Special Events

  24. It’s a Magical Time of Year at Carroll University. Video produced by Graphic Communication faculty and students.

  25. Aaron Moger says:

    Season’s Greetings from Elon University!

    We’ve captured the magic of the season in our snow globe.

  26. We created two. The first a marriage of the final act of recognition of our 50th Anniversary and the final act of our president of nearly 25 years;

    The second is a student initiated thank you theme, a little less formal;

    Both can be viewed at

  27. At Rice, we truly believe that it is better to give than receive – See more at:

  28. Here is a video card for the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University:

  29. Benjamin Cleveland says:

    Here is ours.

  30. Jeana says:

    Happy Holidays from the Gatton College of Business & Economics!

    Here is a link to just our holiday video on youtube:

    But we invited folks to share their hope for 2014 on twitter/instagram and we’re posting those on the landing page for the video:

  31. Seth Meranda says:

    We recruited alums around the world to help with our Christmas greeting this year. Our focus was to share the Christmas message and and tie to our brand (which isn’t too difficult for a Christian university!). I believe we accomplished our goal:

  32. Mindie Paget says:

    Watch what happens when the mischievous “Tai Chi Figure” sneaks away from the University of Kansas School of Law lawn to frolic on Campanile Hill. Happy holidays!

  33. In our holiday card we focused on our 125 years of history and reminded people to cherish the moments they share with loved ones.

    Latin School of Chicago

  34. Amy Prigge says:

    Wishing everyone a wonderful 2014 from Ohio Northern University.

  35. Check out Wheaton College’s Christmas card:

    And here’s a look behind the scenes:

  36. Ours at MHU was fairly bland, but was a step up for us from previous years’ cards that primarily were animated slideshows.

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