Traditions

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.

Welcome Week We celebrate the start of each academic year with a weeklong series of activities and events. They include the Street Fair, where you can ride a camel, and the Party in the Park, where we hold a Mud Volleyball tournament.
Ring Ceremony Juniors and seniors receive their official class rings on Homecoming Saturday. 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.
Rub the ’Stache Needing some good luck before a big test or final exams? Give J.A. Campbell’s moustache a rub. Students started this tradition after we installed the J.A. Campbell statue in 2015. It must work. It stuck.
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.
Gaylord the Camel Our mascot made his first appearance in 1934. Today, you can see him strutting at Fighting Camels home games and even riding around main campus on his tricycle.
Homecoming The campus community comes together to welcome alumni home and to celebrate Campbell with tailgates, a parade, and athletics contests, including a home football game.
Tree Lighting Ceremony Even though school’s 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.
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.
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.
Founders Week We celebrate our founding in 1887 the first week of February each year. The campus comes alive with a tribute to our founders and an introspection on where we came from and where we are.
Ghost Walk In the nights leading up to Halloween, students walk around campus by lantern and hear stories from their peers about Campbell’s rich history and the spooky encounters that go along with it.
Midnight Breakfast Midnight Breakfast occurs twice a year on the eve of exams. Marshbanks opens at 10 p.m. and serves a full spread of eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, and waffles. Free T-shirts, too.

Our Motto

“Ad Astra per Aspera,” or “to the stars through difficulties”

Our Fight Song

Fight, team on down the field
Fight with your might till victory is ours
Long may your colors wave o’ver 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’s hail, hail, the gang’s 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.

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.