Traditions of the University


Maroon Monday

A TWU dancer in her maroon uniform and a stick-on tattoo of the Owl mascot.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other TWU fans wear maroon every Monday to show their university pride.

Join us and share your photos with the hashtag #MaroonMonday.


Block Party

A TWU student poses in front of large balloons in the shape of TWU letters.

Celebrate coming back to campus - or arriving for the first time - at Texas Woman's annual Block Party in August. Meet your fellow Pioneers, party with Oakley and Chancellor Feyten, and enjoy free food, drinks and games before classes start.


Pioneer Palooza

TWU students relax and listen to music on the lawn of the Denton campus.

Celebrate TWU's birthday with a music festival held every spring. Enjoy food and live music from local artists at the amphitheater in the center of campus.


University Hand Sign

A graduate at her commencement ceremony holding up the TWU hand sign.

Our hand sign, initiated by TWU Chancellor Carine Feyten, forms the hand into a "TW" for Texas Woman's. To make the TWU Hand Sign: 

  1. Use your left hand
  2. Form your thumb and index fingers into a "T"
  3. Let your middle, ring and pinky fingers form a "W"
  4. Show your school pride!


Homecoming

A vintage photograph of TWU students from the 1960's celebrating homecoming.

Texas Woman's University holds its Homecoming each spring. Weeklong activities celebrate the success and progress of our university, showcase student research and build connections between current students, alumni, faculty and staff across the TWU community.


TWU Game Nights

Oakley makes the TWU hand sign on the field at the Texas Ranger's stadium.

Join Oakley for college nights with the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros or Dallas Mavericks. Purchase discounted tickets as a TWU student, enjoy free transportation from the Denton campus and receive a professional sports team themed TWU hat or shirt included with your ticket. Look out for game dates during baseball and basketball season to purchase tickets and join us on social media with #TWUNight.


Finals Feast

TWU students take a selfie in front of a donut wall in the Denton campus dining hall.

A special meal hosted by the Pioneer Kitchen to fend off the fatigue of finals. Recharge with breakfast for dinner at Finals Feast.


Multicultural Graduation

A TWU student has a sarape stole draped over her shoulders on TWU's Denton campus.
A TWU has a multicultural stole draped around her neck on the TWU Denton campus.
A group of African American TWU graduates with kente stoles around their shoulders.
A TWU student with a lavender stole draped around her shoulders.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach hosts a special ceremony before commencement to distribute multicultural stoles that celebrate your cultural identity. Celebrations include:

  • Multicultural Celebration: Multicultural Stole; Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • People of Nia Celebration: Kente Stole; African, African American, Black identities
  • La Raza Celebration: Serape Stole; Hispanic/Latinx identities
  • Lavender Celebration: Lavender Stoles; LGBTQIA identities

Join the next Multicultural Graduation


Family Graduation

A child sits on the lap of a TWU student dressed in academic regalia in a crowd.

Texas Woman's recognizes the challenges of being a student and a parent. This special ceremony—hosted by CARE—recognizes your family's role in your academic journey. Bring your children so they can wear a cap and gown, walk across the stage, take a family photo and feel the excitement of being an accomplished graduate, just like you!

Join the next Family Graduation


Oak Leaf Chain

TWU students walk through the Denton campus holding an oak leaf chain.

Take a ceremonial final walk through the TWU Denton campus with your classmates. The Oak Chain symbolizes strength, knowledge and the passing of traditions. Every year the Oak Chain is rewoven for the traditional walk.

Page last updated 11:01 AM, March 25, 2020