With a university as old as Marquette (131 years and counting), traditions are a very important part of campus life. Here are some of the most famous:
1977 NCAA Championship
In 1977, Marquette, coached by the legendary Al McGuire, won the national title with a 67–59 victory in the championship game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Marquette's own Butch Lee was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Marquette's men's basketball coach from 1964-1977, the legendary Al McGuire won the 1970 NIT, a Final Four game in 1974 and the NCAA Championship in 1977. Marquette’s athletic facility, the Al McGuire Center, is named in his honor.
The annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire in 1978, and has raised more than $12 million to fund medical care, research and education.
A frequent sight in the student section at men's basketball games at the Bradley Center, BigNoggins - large cardboard heads of famous people and characters - have been featured on "SportsCenter," "Pardon The Interruption" and other sports media outlets.
Brew City Stomp Down
A celebration of the rich history of the nine fraternities and sororities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic, the Brew City Stomp Down iis the largest Greek step show to be held in the state of Wisconsin.
Since Marquette’s first Commencement in 1887, graduates of Marquette University have gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and reflect on their time at Marquette. Commencement speakers have included Dick Enberg, Barbara Bush, William Rehnquist, Robert F. Kennedy and, most recently, Hank Aaron.
In 1989, Hunger Clean-Up began as a modest effort by proactive students to combat hunger and homeless in Milwaukee. Since then, it has grown to be Marquette’s largest one-day service project.
"Jump Around Guy" (Rick Smith, Eng '72, Grad '82)
Rick Smith, the "Jump Around guy," runs an engineering firm by day. But on Marquette men's basketball game days, he is arguably the Golden Eagles' biggest fan. Make sure to look for him when House of Pain comes on at the Bradley Center.
For over 30 years, Marquette University students have enjoyed making service trips during Spring break. The Marquette Action Program (M.A.P.) offers the chance to work and interact with people all over the United States.
Marquette Madness is an annual event on Marquette’s campus, and across the country, that celebrates the day in mid-October when the NCAA permits formal basketball practices to begin. Team introductions, skits, prizes, scrimmages and a dunk contest are all a part of this fan-favorite night at the Al McGuire Center.
Marquette vs. Wisconsin
The Marquette men's basketball team has played the University of Wisconsin Badgers 119 times since the program's inception, the most games against any single team. The teams first played each other in 1917, but recently, this much-anticipated game has happened every December, alternating stadiums each year.
The first event of New Student Orientation kicks off in Central Mall with Mash-Up, a classic combination of the 30-year tradition of square dancing and a DJ dance party.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
The all-university Mass of the Holy Spirit in late August brings together the entire campus community at the start of the academic year.
Midnight Run is a volunteer service program that began in 1988. It focuses on meeting the particular needs of the hungry and homeless living in the community around Marquette, and many students are active with the organization.
Miracle on Westowne Square (formerly, Miracle on Central Mall)
Miracle on Westowne Square is Marquette's annual lighting of the Christmas tree in front of St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on the university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is a time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide the university throughout the year.
National Marquette Day
A blue and gold celebration of all things Marquette, National Marquette Day occurs each year. More than 60 game-watching parties take place around the world each year.
At the beginning of each semester, O-Fest offers students the opportunity to explore Marquette’s student organizations by talking to representatives from nearly 250 student organizations.
New Student and Family Orientation in late August is a time for new freshmen, transfer students and their families to explore campus, participate in university-sponsored activities and meet new friends.
Preview, which occurs in June, gives incoming freshmen and their families a chance to meet and mingle during campus tours, small-group sessions, socials and an overnight stay in the residence halls.
"Ring Out Ahoya"
"Ring Out Ahoya" is Marquette's beloved fight song, played during each and every home basketball game. The term "hoya" has a deep-rooted connection with Catholic, Jesuit schools, including the Georgetown University Hoyas.
Runs to the Lake
This tradition started in 1977 when Marquette beat the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the NCAA tournament semifinals to advance to the championship game. In 2003, after Marquette beat Kentucky in the Midwest regional game, Marquette students flooded the streets and ran to the lake to celebrate.
A tradition at Marquette since the 1930s, the week between finals and Commencement is set aside for seniors to celebrate and reminisce about their time at Marquette. The highlight of the week is Senior Ball, a semiformal dance held at a Milwaukee location.
The "Marquette Special" at Real Chili
Campus favorite, Real Chili, has been serving late-night chili to Marquette students since 1931. The "Marquette Special" is a medium spicy bowl of chili with spaghetti and beans. The times may have changed, but the chili hasn't.
Tuesday Night Mass at Joan of Arc Chapel
This weekly Tuesday evening Mass, celebrated by Rev. John Naus, S.J., is a perennial favorite among Marquette University students.
This annual winter extravaganza serves to "welcome back" students to campus after winter break. The week consists of a "flurry" of activities, including illusionists, games, prizes and a talent show. Winter Flurry ends with Snowball, a themed semiformal dance held in the Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms.
"Hail Alma Mater"
HAIL ALMA MATER,
THEE WE DO CALL.
WE’RE HERE TO GREET THEE,
DEAREST FRIEND TO ALL.
WE’RE HERE TO SHOW THEE
OUR LOVE IS STRONG
HAIL ALMA MATER!
MARQUETTE, HEAR OUR SONG!
"Ring Out Ahoya"
University Fight Song
RING OUT AHOYA WITH
AN M-U RAH-RAH,
RING OUT AHOYA WITH
AN M-U RAH-RAH,
M-U RAH RAH FOR OLD MARQUETTE!
GO! GO! GO! GO!
GO! GO! GO! GO!