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Campus Traditions Get You Involved

Looking for a way to meet new people and share your school spirit? Cal U traditions bring people together! Each season brings a full slate of events and activities, many built upon the rich history of a University dating back more than 150 years.

From Homecoming in the fall to The Big Event in the spring and everything in between, Cal U traditions welcome students new and old.


Students, families and alumni all look forward to Homecoming, a full week of activities each October. The festivities across campus include:

  • Election of Homecoming king and queen
  • Parade with local marching bands
  • Float and banner contests
  • Special events
  • The big game

Students plan many of the activities and events. Check out more than 10 years of Cal U traditions at the Homecoming website and get involved by contacting SAI.

Of course, Homecoming is centered around the big game, when the nationally ranked Cal U Vulcans football team meets a rival at Adamson Stadium. Check out all the ways students share their pride in Cal U's athletics at And don't forget the major action to be found at Cal U sports clubs.

Club and Organization Events

With more than 125 clubs and organizations, there's always something happening on campus. Many groups maintain their own traditions and share them each year with the Cal U community. Explore all clubs and organizations and Greek Life traditions on campus.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Each January Cal U celebrates Black History Month with a series of events, sponsored in part by the Black Student Union and the Frederick Douglass Institute. The month includes presentations by nationally recognized speakers, student workshops and forums, a soul food dinner, and the much-anticipated Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, when student organizations complete volunteer projects on campus and off campus for local churches and nonprofits.

The Big Event

Each spring Student Government sponsors The Big Event so students can show their appreciation to the California community with a day of service to individuals. Based on a national model, the program provides local residents with help washing windows, painting and completing other needed work.

Greek Week

Another much anticipated tradition each spring at Cal U is Greek Week, when sorority and fraternity chapters participate in a variety of athletic-and sometimes wacky-contests and a Greek Sing competition.

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Traditions mean different things to different people. Many students are making their own memories on campus by participating in:

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