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UCM Traditions

 Each year since 1871, generations of students have stepped foot on the UCM campus and brought with them the excitement for new experiences, meaningful opportunities, and the future they’re about to create for themselves here. Being a Mule means a lot of things. It means working hard and inspiring innovation. It means finding your pack, creating friendships and making memories that will stick with you for a lifetime. It means graduating with a valuable degree and making a difference. UCM is your stomping ground – it’s time to show your school spirit! Check out some of our time-honored traditions below.

Show Your Red and Black Spirit

Group of UCM students on Quad.

Week of Welcome

One Week: Endless Possibilities. At the beginning of each school year, we welcome our students back with a week-long series of spectacular programs that’ll leave you saying “WOW.”

Students laughing at Get The Red Out Street Fair

Get the Red Out

Join us at Get the Red Out, our yearly street fair, to socialize with student organizations, local businesses, and the Warrensburg community! It’s a great way to get involved and enjoy  free family fun.

UCM student in color run

The Color Run

The highlight of UCM’s annual Family Weekend since 2013, the Color Run is a crowd favorite that has never failed to brighten up campus.

UCM rider on Mule


Homecoming at UCM isn’t anything less than the biggest (campus and community) celebration of the year. Students, alumni, and their families are all invited to show their school spirit as the university honors this tradition with week-long competitions, a pep rally, and the annual parade.

UCM students preforming on stage

The Talent Show

Watch our students unleash their hidden talents!  Enjoy the star quality of our musicians, dancers, magicians, and more — or the cash prizes awarded to the top three finalists.

Ignite Change

UCM students walking on campus

Out of Darkness Walk

UCM cares about suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Every year students register for our annual Out of the Darkness Walk to show their support and help us raise funds for research, education, and prevention programs to help save lives and make a difference  in our community.

Unique to UCM

Bronze Mule

Kiss the Mule

Rumor has it that if UCM graduates kiss our bronzed Mule statue near the UCM football stadium, they’ll have a future full of  success.



Become a UCM Traditions Keeper

Download the free UCM Traditions Keeper App on your mobile device.

You will find dozens of things to do and places to visit around campus. Check out the traditions that interest you, then check them off on the app.

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University of Central Missouri
P. O. Box 800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4111


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