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Trinity Traditions

For over 150 years, Trinity University has developed traditions passed from one generation to the next. From climbing Murchison Tower during New Student Orientation, to birthday dunkings in Miller Fountain, to studying for exams by the magic stones, Tiger traditions celebrate the spirit of the campus.

Trinity Traditions

Tower Climb

As a Trinity student, you'll climb Murchison Tower twice: once at New Student Orientation and again when you graduate. The second time around, you are able to leave your mark by signing a brick if you make a donation for the senior class gift.

Students pose with President Anderson on the top of Murchison Tower

Signing the Honor Code

During first year convocation, you'll sign the academic honor code along with all of your peers.

Students sign the honor code

Fountain Dunk

When your birthday rolls around, you may want to trade your jeans for swim trunks. Students are often dunked in Miller Fountain to celebrate.

Students dunk a classmate into Miller fountain

Christmas Vespers and Open Houses

You will not want to miss the annual candlelight Christmas Vespers service in Parker Chapel, followed by holiday cheer in the open houses on Oakmont.

Vespers, a campus-favorite tradition, occurs during the Christmas season on campus

Ring Ceremony

Receive your class ring as a part of Trinity's ring ceremony. Rings are brought down from Murchison Tower and given to students, who in turn give them a celebratory dunk in Miller Fountain.



Campus Legends and Quirky Facts

Calvert Ghosts

On Halloween night, you may just see Calvert ghosts on the loose.

Cat Alliance | Trinity

More than thirty cats call our campus home. They are part of a 'trap-neuter-return' program, which is coordinated by faculty, staff, and student volunteers. Having a managed cat colony keeps the cats healthy, our students happy, and the total number of strays on campus down.

Kissing Pond

The garden between Murchison Hall and the Coates Esplanade features a serene koi pond and beautiful stone benches. This enclave is popular for romantic proposals.

Students sit behind Murchison Hall at the Kissing Pond

Magic Stones

Legend has it that studying by the stones grants you good luck on your next exam!

Magic stones taken at night time

Tiger's Nose

Rub the nose of our LeeRoy statue and bring good luck to the Tiger team! Legend has it that the cats gather around the LeeRoy statue at Bell Center at midnight.

Statue of LeeRoy the Tiger featured in front of the bell athletic center

University Seal

The Northrup Hall seal has special powers... According to rumor, students who walk on it don't graduate in four years. Watch your step!

students avoid walking on the seal

Victory Bell

The bell is often brought to special events, where it is rung when the Tigers score points.

a student dressed in all maroon stands by the victory bell

Annual Events

Chocolate Festival

Love chocolate? This is the event for you! Our campus is quickly filled with this lovely scent of chocolate.

the chocolate festival brings students, staff, and faculty all together to celebrate a sweet occasion during the Valentine's season


Attend the annual festival of lights!

Students perform during the festival of lights, diwali


Which residence hall reigns supreme? Residential Life sponsors these fun competitions between the halls at the beginning of each academic year.

students play soccer and other sports during hallympics

Happy Friday

Watch the AcaBellas and the Trinitones perform at 12:22 p.m. in the Coates Student Center lobby on most Fridays during the fall and spring semesters. The groups alternate weeks.

Students gather in Coates University Center during happy Friday to listen to music

Last Great Reception

Share a toast with the seniors at this spring reception.

The senior class toasts to there last week At Trinity

Late Night Breakfast

Eat pancakes in Mabee at this midnight tradition during exam week.

Faculty and staff serve students breakfast during finals

Maroon Fridays

Each Friday, wear maroon to show your Trinity pride!

The University Marketing and Communication office sports all maroon during maroon fridays

Milk 'n Cookies

Student Involvement hosts Milk 'n Cookies in Student Involvement Office most Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Cookies are served every Thursday in Student Involvement


The University's largest annual student-run dance production, Momentum features dance groups who perform in genres from tap to hip-hop. Tickets are required for this popular event, so get yours early!

Loon-E crew dances during Momentum

Nacho Hour

The Division of Student Affairs hosts Nacho Hour in the Coates Student Center lobby on most Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

Students gather in Coates University Center to enjoy nachos every Wednesday

San Antonio MLK, Jr. March

Make it a day on, not a day off! Join hundreds of Trinity students, faculty, and staff in the nation's second largest MLK March, held on Martin Luther King, Jr. day in January.

The Trinity community celebrates MLK Jr. March, marching alongside the rest of San Antonio


Trinity's annual student talent show showcases the skills and abilities of Tigers across campus. From singing and dancing to juggling and rollerskating, don't miss seeing the Spotlight on your friends!

Spotlight is a talent show showcasing students across campus

Taste of Diversity

Try food from different cultures at this spring event, sponsored by the Trinity Diversity Connection!

Taste of diversity brings students onto the Esplanade to eat food from all cultures

TigerFest Gala

Dance with friends at this fall event sponsored by the Student Programming Board.

TigerFest brings students together to dance and enjoy an evening in Downtown San Antonio

Trinity Night at the Spurs

Chant 'Go Spurs Go!' with your classmates at this NBA game.

Twilight at Trinity

Seniors, come celebrate your final days at Trinity at the Twilight at Trinity. Live music, dinner, and dancing—and don't forget the photobooth!

Twilight at Trinity happens during senior week

Wine, Dine, and Act Fine

Learn etiquette at this event sponsored by Career Services.