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Our Traditions

Activities and traditions that go as far back as our founding unite our past, present and future students. Discover what it means to be Campbell proud.

New Student Convocation & Medallion Ceremony We welcome new students at a ceremony where they receive a medallion pressed with the university seal. The gift marks the start of their academic journey at Campbell.
Wear Orange Wednesday When you join the Campbell community, you join a student body that shows their pride on and off the bleachers. Wear your brightest orange on Wednesdays to let everyone know you're on the home team.
Kivett Bell The Kivett Bell once rang from the iconic Kivett Hall to signal the changing of classes. Now the bell rings after every Fighting Camels touchdown at Barker-Lane Stadium.
Rub the 鈥橲tache Needing some good luck before a big test or final exams? Give J.A. Campbell鈥檚 moustache a rub. Students started this tradition after we installed the J.A. Campbell statue in 2015. It must work. It stuck.
Ring Ceremony Juniors and seniors receive their official class rings on Family Weekend. Campbell ROTC cadets escort the rings from the bell tower to Butler Chapel to pay homage to history. West Point started class ring ceremonies in 1835.
Camel Run Tunnel We invite our first-year students to take the field at the first home football game of the season. Why? So they can form a tunnel as our Fighting Camels run onto the field.
Tree Lighting Ceremony Even though school鈥檚 out in December, we are full of Christmas spirit. We start singing carols and hymns in November with the lighting of our tree on the Academic Circle. Hot chocolate included.
Midnight Breakfast Midnight Breakfast occurs twice a year on the eve of exams. Gaylord's Kitchen opens late and serves a full spread of eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, and waffles. Free T-shirts, too.

Our Motto

鈥淎d Astra per Aspera,鈥 or 鈥渢o the stars through difficulties鈥

Our Fight Song

Fight, team on down the field
Fight with your might till victory is ours
Long may your colors wave o鈥檝er all others
Sing it to the tune of hoorah for orange and black
So cheer, cheer for old CU
Cheer for the varsity
For it鈥檚 hail, hail, the gang鈥檚 all here
As we march on to victory.

Our Alma Mater

We hail our gracious Alma Mater
Singing this glad refrain,
We’ll honor her with all our might,
and cherish every vein.

Come and sing to dear ol’ Campbell,
pledge a tribute, too.
We’ll praise her for all her merit,
and honor her with truth.
We yield to her our true allegiance,
Raising her banner high,
We’ll stand with her thru peace and strife,
her name will never die.