TU Traditions

graduating student rings bellRinging the Cupola Bell

One of the oldest traditions at TU, dating back more than half a century.

It is tradition for graduating seniors to ring the Cupola bell after completing the last final exam of their TU careers. Many students ring the bell again on Commencement day.


homecoming bonfireHomecoming Bonfire

It wouldn't be fall on a college campus without Homecoming, and TU kicks off Homecoming week in style with an annual Bonfire on the U.

It's a time when the entire TU family comes together. The band plays, the cheerleaders pump up the crowd, and representatives from the student body, alumni, faculty, and administration light the Bonfire in unison.


Lights on Sharp Plaza and carol singingCarols and Lights on Sharp Plaza

A beloved holiday tradition in England is also a cherished tradition at TU, when the campus gathers at Sharp Chapel for the Festival of Lessons & Carols.

The festival is also the time when the holiday lights that decorate the trees on Sharp Plaza are first illuminated. Together, these traditions signal the beginning of the holiday season at TU.


springfest picnic on the uSpringfest

After a long academic year of studying, Springfest arrives as a breath of fresh air each April.

Sponsored by the Student Association, Springfest is a chance to grab a blanket and sunscreen, and kick back on the U to hear some live music.

Recent years have seen some big acts brought to campus.


oozefest mud volleyball gameOozefest

Probably the most down and dirty tradition at TU is Oozefest, sponsored each spring by the Residence Hall Association.

The centerpiece of the festivities is a mud volleyball court, where those brave souls in old clothes splash and stomp around in good, not-so-clean fun.


toliet bowl flag football gameToilet Bowl

A TU tradition nearly forty years running and still going strong!

The residents of John Mabee Hall, also known as "The John", organize the annual Toilet Bowl flag football game each spring. At halftime, the Toilet Bowl Queen is crowned and there's a big party afterward in Club Mabee.