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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

Students at UCM Welcome Walk

Welcome Walk

At our annual Welcome Walk, faculty and staff line the walkway in front of the Administration building while first year students are headed to Convocation. Students are welcomed by our live mule mascots, the marching band plays, Mo gives high fives and our cheerleaders, faculty, and staff wave pom-poms, cheer and ring bells. 

Student in UCM's Hendricks Hall at UCM Convocation


Just as graduation marks the end of your university journey, Convocation is a ceremony that marks the academic beginning of your journey at UCM. Our faculty wear their academic regalia and welcome you on your journey to success. 

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 students preforming on stage

Family Weekend 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.

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.


Moonlight Breakfast

During Finals Week, UCM’s campus food provider, Sodexo, invites students to take a break from studying to enjoy a free late-night breakfast and enter drawings to win prizes.

Students at the UCM Founders Birthday Bash

Founders Day

UCM’s annual Founders Day birthday bash includes a picnic lunch in the Quad, a special reading of UCM’s founding night in 1871, appearances by our live mules, UCM band, Mo the Mule and more!





Become a UCM Traditions Keeper

Earn prizes when you experience these and other UCM Traditions! 

You will find dozens of things to do and places to visit around campus. Check out the traditions that interest you and submit your photos to earn rewards.

Learn More


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


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