Temple Traditions

Temple's more than 125-year history is rich with tradition. From the Owl mascot, to the Temple "T," to the fight song, Temple pride continues to thrive.

The Temple "T"
Across Temple's campuses and down Broad Street, the Temple "T" is the iconic symbol of the university. Designed by students in a graphic arts and design class in the Tyler School of Art in 1983, the “T” represents strength and positive character, with open ends that are symbolic of the free exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a Temple education.

The Owl
To honor Temple’s beginning as a night school for ambitious young people, the nocturnal owl was adopted as its mascot. The owl represents wisdom and knowledge and is known for being perceptive, resourceful and courageous. Hooter the Owl is a part of Temple's Spirit Squad, making appearances at football and basketball games, alumni events and more. Each February, mascots from all over the city of Philadelphia come to Temple to celebrate Hooter's birthday at a home basketball game.

Alma Mater
Onward with Temple, / Banners all unfurled;
Wide flung our standards, / To the winds they're hurled.
Following our Founder / To immortal Fame;
Making true his vision, / Of a deathless name.
Hail! Alma Mater, / Honor, praise to Thee;
We pledge our lives, / Our hearts in loyalty.
Wisdom, Truth and Virtue / Built our Temple great;
Perseverance conquers; / Higher to create.

T for Temple U
"T" for Temple "U"
U-ni-versity!
Fight, fight, fight!
For the Cherry and the White, 
For the Cherry and the White,
We'll fight, fight, fight!

The Cherry Crusade
Temple’s most ardent fans, the Cherry Crusade comprises students who paint themselves in Temple colors, make signs, lead cheers and show their fervent support for Temple Athletics in the front rows at football and basketball games.

Acres of Diamonds
In his famous speech “Acres of Diamonds,” Temple Founder Russell Conwell claims that greatness can be found in our own backyards. He wrote, “Greatness consists not in holding some office; greatness really consists in doing some great deed with little means, in the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life, that is true greatness.” Temple students and alumni strive to fulfill Conwell’s wish for the university.

Welcome Week
Each fall, the academic school year begins with Welcome Week, which includes Temple Fest—a two-day outdoor festival featuring music, food, giveaways and games, as well as informational booths sponsored by Temple’s student organizations, campus departments and local vendors. Welcome Week continues with FreshServe, a universitywide day of service. Temple students, faculty, staff and alumni participate in service projects across campus and throughout the neighboring communities. The week concludes with Convocation, a ceremony introducing incoming students to the Temple community and sharing the traditions of the university with the newest generation of Owls.

Homecoming
Each fall, thousands of students, alumni, faculty, staff and their families celebrate Homecoming with a universitywide pep rally, a pregame Alumni "Tailgate Row" Party, the Temple Football Homecoming game and a 5K walk and run. Additionally, alumni being inducted into the Gallery of Success and the Athletics Hall of Fame are honored at ceremonies that take place during Homecoming Weekend.

Alumni Weekend
Each spring, alumni are invited back to campus for a weekend of educational and social events. Alumni Weekend features class reunions, a blowout rock concert, a Main Campus International Street Fair, talks by faculty experts, campus tours, "insider" access to Philadelphia landmarks, and special events hosted by Temple’s schools and colleges.

Cherry & White Day
A celebration of Temple Athletics, Cherry & White Day is held each spring at Temple’s Ambler and Main campuses. Featuring alumni athletic scrimmages, varsity sport exhibitions, a family-friendly tailgate, athlete reunions, the annual Cherry & White football match and more, Cherry & White Day invites alumni to celebrate Temple’s 24 varsity sports programs and to look forward to upcoming seasons.