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 #TWUMaroonMonday.


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.

University Hand Sign

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

Our hand sign, initiated by TWU Chancellor & President 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!

Daughters of Texas March

After an evening concert in Denton on October 19, 1928, John Philip Sousa was approached by representatives from TWU (then College of Industrial Arts) with a petition signed by 1,700 young women who wanted Sousa to compose a march for our school. Flattered, as he said, by "the request of seventeen hundred charming Texas girls..." he penned the Daughters of Texas March now played as the recessional at all our graduation ceremonies. 

To the Texas Woman's University

For many years, each entering freshman class adopted an original song to perform at assemblies, sing-a-longs and other occasions where class pride could be expressed. When Jane Ward Pool composed To the Texas Woman's University for the Class of 1946 song, it not only served as her class song but has endured as a lasting tribute to the university.


To the Texas
Woman's University
Forever to be true;
For everything you stand for,
Maroon and white to you.

The friends we've made
While learning here
Will last our whole
lives through.
To the students and
our school,
We pledge ourselves anew.

Alma Mater

While attending the College of Industrial Arts, Mamie Walker, Class of 1917, won a student competition for the best school song and $15 in prize money. Her lyrics for Alma Mater were set to the music of the Russian National Anthem, chosen for its dignity and volume. Mamie Walker joined the TWU Department of English faculty in 1918 and retired in 1958.


Hail Alma Mater! Hail! Joyous we sing;
Voices atune with love shall loudly ring.
Thy students sing today praises to thee,
Hail! Texas Woman's University.

On broad and rolling plains, 'neath Texas skies,
There, crowned with majesty, thy buildings rise.
Thou hast with purpose new lighted our way.
Hail! Alma Mater! Hear our songs today.