Traditions of the University
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.
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:
- Use your left hand
- Form your thumb and index fingers into a "T"
- Let your middle, ring and pinky fingers form a "W"
- Show your school pride!
On select days special to Texas Woman's and the nation, the ACT tower is lit to show our Pioneer Pride. View a full list of occasions we celebrate through the Lighting of the Tower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A special meal hosted by the Pioneer Kitchen to fend off the fatigue of finals. Recharge with breakfast for dinner at Finals Feast.
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.
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
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!
Page last updated 11:27 AM, September 13, 2021