In the last week of class in each semester, students give presentations on one of their papers from that semester. They then defend their work, responding to impromptu questions from the tutor and the audience.
After defenses, the tutor awards the Lewis Prize for Excellence in Writing, the Michelangelo Prize for Craftsmanship, and any other prizes students have earned that semester.
The event concludes with a potluck reception and English country dancing.
Defense Day also includes a service project. In the past, students have competed by House to bring in canned goods for local food drives and have made Christmas cards for American soldiers overseas.
Pictures from previous Defense Days are below: