Spirit & Tradition

This page explains many of our deepest held traditions.

University Traditions

Traditions provide students, faculty and staff with shared experiences and help to define the culture of the university. At Campbell University we value the interaction between students and their instructors and have several traditions that create opportunities to get together and promote the School spirit.

Alma Mater

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

Chorus
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.

Chorus

Campbell Seal

The open Bible, the source of all truth, is displayed prominently on the seal. A cross, rising above the Bible, symbolizes the great sacrifice Jesus became for us and a way of life to which we hope to attract all students.

Our Motto

Our motto, “Ad Astra per Aspera,” meaning “to the stars through difficulties,” expresses the dream and the determination that Campbell friends hold for those who pass their way.

The circle is at once a fortress and the safe refuge found in education and in Christian principles. Eternal things with no beginning and no end are called to mind by the circle.

Colors– The university colors are Orange and Black.

Fight Song
FIGHT, TEAM ON DOWN THE FIELD
FIGHT WITH YOUR MIGHT TILL VICTORY IS OURS
LONG MAY YOUR COLORS WAVE O'ER ALL OTHERS
SING IT TO THE TUNE OF HOORAH FOR ORANGE AND BLACK,
SO CHEER, CHEER FOR OLD C.U.
CHEER FOR THE VARSITY
FOR IT'S HAIL, HAIL, THE GANG'S ALL HERE
AS WE MARCH ON TO VICTORY.

Homecoming is an annual event. The Alumni Office, the Student Activities Office, and the Student Entertainment Division of SGA are responsible for planning Homecoming activities. Planned activities include various alumni meetings, a parade, a soccer game, a dance, and the presentation of the Harvest Court.

Mascot– Many stories exist as to the origin of the nickname "Fighting Camels" and the adoption of a camel as the mascot of Campbell University athletic teams. To date, there is still uncertainty as to why the unique mascot (only one other school in the United States -- and none in Division I -- has the nickname "Camels") was chosen.

According to historian J. Winston Pearce, author of "Campbell College, Big Miracle in Little Buies Creek," the nickname's origin perhaps stretches back to the turn of the century when all but one of the school's original buildings were destroyed by fire. In the aftermath, Z.T. Kivett visited the school's founder and president, Dr. James Archibald Campbell, at his residence.

As Dr. Campbell bemoaned the fate of the institution he had worked 13 years to build, Mr. Kivett encouraged him, "Your name's Campbell; then get a hump on you! We've got work to do." Dr. Campbell thought that Mr. Kivett said, "You're a camel, get a hump on you." Hence the nomadic nickname.

Campbell's athletic teams were originally named the "Hornets." Copies of Creek Pebbles, the school newspaper, in the 1920s and 1930s described the teams as "Hornets." Other references to the athletic teams were "The Campbells" or the "Campbellites."

Although an official date is unknown, the changing of the mascot to a camel came in late 1933 or early 1934. There is no explanation why the nickname was changed to Camels, only this one sentence was printed in the Jan. 13, 1934 issue of Creek Pebbles: "Eight new men were recently initiated into Campbell's monogram club, which has changed its name from 'Hornets' to 'Camels.'"

From that point on, all Campbell athletic teams have proudly worn the Camel mascot.

Parents Day– All parents are invited to visit Campbell University on the fourth Saturday in October for Parents Day. The day’s events include a reception by the President of the University, a general meeting, a club fair, picnic luncheon, varsity athletic events, and a production by the Fine Arts Division. The faculty will be available to meet parents and discuss the academic progress of individual students.

Spring Fling is a week of fun before students are required to focus for finals. The week includes Fun in the Sun at the fountain, movies in the park, and the Spring Formal.

Welcome Week is an annual event held to help blossom new friendships and reunite old friendships. The kick off is the day freshmen arrive with events continuing the entire first week of classes. Sponsored by Student Activities and the Student Government Entertainment Division activities include a club and business street fair, karaoke night, socials, a dance, and mud volleyball.

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