Traditions

Welcome Week
Join fellow students as the university kicks off the start of another great year. You won’t want to miss the fun activities that are planned during opening weekend and the first week of school to welcome students to UNI. Food, fun and frolic abound as you see old friends and make new ones. Be a part of it all! 

Homecoming Weekend
Join alumni and students in a week of activities including pep rallies, store-window painting, a parade, and the “big” football game. 

Campaniling
Rumor has it that a student doesn’t officially become a UNI coed until he/she has been kissed at midnight beneath the 101-foot tall Campanile. This is never truer than on the Friday of Homecoming week. No Homecoming would be complete without being campaniled.   

Jingle Your Keys
Join the crowds in the UNI-Dome and shake your keys each time the Panther football team “kicks off.” 

Standing through the First Basket
Sports fans will be on their feet at the UNI basketball games at the beginning of each “half.” 

Family Weekend
Invite your family to campus this weekend to experience campus life. Numerous events are planned for families and students to spend time together during this specially designated fall weekend. 

Augie’s Attic
A Halloween tradition guaranteed to scare as you search for the ghost (Augie) in Lawther Hall’s “haunted” attic. 

Celebrate the Seasons Holiday Program
Light up the holiday spirit at this festive event held annually during the week following Thanksgiving. Watch in awe as the twinkling lights of the holiday tree and other seasonal displays illuminate the campus. Greet Santa and his elves, listen to seasonal music, and experience holiday traditions from around the world. 

Diversity Week
The University affirms its commitment to diversity during this special week in mid September. Lectures, seminars, festivals and other events help students, faculty and staff appreciate the unique differences of others and promote a better understanding of the richness diversity can weave into our community. 

Student Organizations Fair
Have fun in Maucker Union at the annual open house for student organizations. Tables displaying information about recognized student organizations are set up throughout the Union. Become involved and be a part of UNI’s co-curricular activities. Add your name to a membership list and reap the benefits of involvement. This fair traditionally is held on a Wednesday early in September.