The May Day celebration began at Winthrop in 1929 and continued until 1971. May Day was the final celebration of the year before graduation. It was celebrated as a time of festivity, the opening of spring, and a remembrance of the traditional May Day. The May Court included the May Queen, her Maid of Honor, and four attendants from each class. The women chosen were popular, good-looking, and held good academic standing. The May Queen watched over all festivities, including music, plays, and dancing, on the first of May.