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UCM Traditions Keeper


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What does it mean to be a Mule or Jennie? You are part of a community that takes pride in hard work, innovation, diversity and a spirit of service.

For more than 150 years students have embraced the culture and spirit of the University of Central Missouri. Each generation of students upholds UCM's time-tested traditions, modernizes others and creates their own. We invite all students and alumni to become an official UCM Traditions Keeper!

See the directions below for dowloading 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.




Three ways to get the app:

  1. Open up your device's web browser and visit
  2. Scan the QR code below with your phone's camera/QR scanner
  3. Search for 'Guidebook' in the Apple, Google, or Amazon app stores

Quick response (QR) code for Guidebook

An icon for the apple app store

An icon of the google play store

Amazon App Store icon



For Students

As a student, you are already part of UCM's Mule Strong legacy. You can also be a keeper of some fun traditions - and earn prizes for your efforts!

  • Attend the Get the Red Out street fair
  • Catch a free movie at the Union Cinema
  • Taste the official UCM cookie
  • Hike the historical trails at Pertle Springs
  • Post a snouts-out photo and tag @alumfromdayone

Stop by the Smiser Alumni Center to claim your prizes as you check off your To-Do List and submit photos in the app.

For Alumni

Although you may no longer live near campus, you are Forever a Mule. Join in the fun and earn UCM memorabilia from anywhere across MuleNation!

  • Share your news with our alumni community
  • Attend a MuleNation event in your area
  • Be a guest speaker on campus or virtually
  • Become a student mentor or volunteer
  • Hang your diploma in your office or get a UCM licence plate

We will ship your prizes to you when you email your photos and To-Do Lists from the app to with subject line "Traditions."




Earn Prizes!

Alum From Day One

25 traditions = Snouts-out foam finger

50 traditions = Charlie Hustle "Alum From Day 1" T-shirt

75 traditions = Medallion to wear at  graduation or alumni events



How to complete a task in the app:

Click on "Traditions to complete" in the left menu to view the catagories and traditions you can complete. Once you have chosen a tradition, click the plus sign and add it to your To-Do List. You can view your list by selecting "To-Do List" in the left menu. In order to complete the task, you will need to experience the tradition you have selected and submit a photo.


How to submit a photo in the app:

In the left menu there is an option for "Photo Submissions." Select this option, go to the category your tradition was in and add your photo. Caption the photo with the name of the tradition. Once you have finished these steps, go to your To-Do List and mark the tradition as completed. You will do this for each tradition individually.


Good luck in your Traditions Keeper adventure!





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