UTA Traditions

Our traditions are shared among Mavericks of all generations and show how far we've come together.
oozeball

Oozeball Tournament

Voted the University’s favorite tradition, the Oozeball mud volleyball tournament pits teams of students, faculty, staff, and alumni against each other in ankle-deep muck. Held every fall since 1989, the event is sponsored by Campus Recreation, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships.

MavsMeet

MavsMeet Convocation

One of UTA’s newest traditions, this academic event welcomes new Mavericks and officially kicks off the academic year. Held in Texas Hall the day before fall classes begin, it features remarks by the president, administrators, Student Government president, and a distinguished faculty member. The MavsMeet AfterParty features live music, games, and food.

bed racing event

Bed Races

Imagine teams of students pushing beds on wheels along football stadium turf! That’s exactly what you’ll find at the annual Bed Races, which started in 1980 to celebrate the opening of Maverick Stadium. The team with the best time wins, but awards for Best Dressed and Most Spirited also are given. Music, dancing, games, giveaways, and a halftime competition round out the fun.

homecoming parade banner

Homecoming

UTA’s Homecoming is held in November to welcome back alumni and celebrate the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Many events showcase our diverse traditions here at UTA, including the Blue & White Fashion Show, Blue & White Bash, Coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen, Maverick Step Show, and more.

E.H. Hereford’s statue

Rubbing Hereford's Head

Legend has it that students will perform better on tests if they rub the head of E.H. Hereford’s statue on the first floor of the University Center. Years of this tradition have left a brighter patch of bronze on the forehead of the former UTA president, nicknamed “Old Rosebud” because he often wore a rose on his lapel.

Maverick Speakers Series

Maverick Speakers Series

This annual lecture series provides a forum for today’s brightest minds to examine what impacts the world around us. These events are free for students and open to the public.

Activities Fair

Maverick Stampede

The official kickoff to a new academic year, Maverick Stampede is packed with events that offer students a chance to have fun, make new friends, and get acclimated to life on campus.

Grad Cap Contest

Grad Cap Contest

Graduation candidates submit photos of their decorated grad caps for a chance to win prizes from the UTA Bookstore in this contest. It’s held during Commencement events every semester.

University Mace

The University Mace

Maces, a symbolic staff of high office, are often traditional elements in academic processions. UT Arlington's was designed and created in 2007 by Texas State Artist and Professor David Keens with the assistance of metal art Adjunct Professor Fred Miller.

Ring Ceremony

Ring Ceremony

The Official Maverick Ring Ceremony is a partnership between the UTA Office of Alumni Relations and Jostens and is held twice a year shortly before finals. Students who purchase their Official Maverick Ring receive their rings and hear from University leaders at this celebratory event.

international week

International Week

Since 1977, this week long program has celebrated the cultures of UTA’s international student population. A parade of banners, international food fair, fashion show, nationality exhibits, and Global Extravaganza talent show are just some of the events that showcase the University’s diversity.

Spirit Horse

Spirit Horse

The Spirit Horses were initially started as a public art project to allow the UTA community to come together to paint a fiberglass horse that would be placed around campus. Now, it is an ongoing tradition to have decorated spirit horses throughout campus.

 

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