Pride & Traditions

Campus Traditions
School Colors

IUPUI’s campus colors are crimson and cream.


The jaguar became IUPUI's official mascot in 1998, coinciding with the campus' move to NCAA Division I Athletics. The jaguar was chosen because it reflects the energy of our urban campus and represents the spirit of IUPUI: powerful, swift, and confident. Jawz the Jaguar has been the official mascot of IUPUI Athletics since 2006 and can be seen courtside at Jaguar Athletics events or simply having a good time at campus events. The first jaguar mascot on campus, Jinx the Jaguar, joined the IUPUI family in 1998, and can still be found supporting campus and community events and endearing young kids everywhere to the Jaguars of IUPUI. Jazzy Jaguar joined the IUPUI family in fall 2015. 


Go Jags! IUPUI is a proud member of the Division I Horizon League in its 16 men’s and women’s varsity sports. Whether it’s catching a soccer game or track meet at Carroll Stadium or watching the basketball teams play in The Jungle, students, faculty, staff, and alumni have many opportunities to support Jaguar Athletics. More information about IUPUI Athletics can be found here.

Weeks of Welcome

During the first three weeks of classes, IUPUI students experience Weeks of Welcome, a series of events and programs designed to welcome new and returning students, faculty, and staff to kick off the new school year. Events include the Block Party, Ice Cream Social, a variety of resource fairs, Movie in the Courtyard, speakers, performances, and much more. More information about Weeks of Welcome can be found here.


Since 2009, the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) and the IU Alumni Association have partnered to sponsor the campus’ most prominent fall event, the IUPUI Regatta. With revenues raised to support student scholarships, The Regatta is a half-mile canoe relay competition on the downtown canal involving teams of up to eight IUPUI students, faculty/staff, and alumni. This family-friendly event has activities to entertain children of all ages from local bands and face painters to artists. Some teams take the competition very seriously and many put much thought into selecting a “creative” name for their team. More information about Regatta can be found here.

Cultural Heritage Months

Six cultural heritage month celebrations are organized in collaboration with a variety of student groups and offices on campus. These celebrations provide the IUPUI community with opportunities to explore cultural values, traditions, and practices through programs, speakers, dinners, and service events. These months include Latino Heritage Month, Pride Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Asian Heritage Month. More information about cultural heritage months can be found here.

Events in Taylor Courtyard

An open lawn north of Taylor Hall, Taylor Courtyard hosts many campus events from concerts to resource fairs to movies. When the weather’s nice, you’ll find students napping, eating, reading, or playing Frisbee there. 


The Student Foundation at IUPUI started Jagathon in 2003 and to date, it has raised over $760,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital on the IUPUI campus. Each year, IUPUI students “dance” in the Campus Center for 13 hours with proceeds benefitting palliative care for patients at Riley. More information about Jagathon can be found here.

Speech Night

A campus tradition for more than 40 years, Speech Night occurs at the end of the fall and spring semesters. The best speakers from each section of the R110 Public Speaking class present their persuasive speeches in front of an audience of more than 900 R110 students and faculty members.

MLK Jr. Celebration

For more than 40 years, the IUPUI Black Student Union has honored the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a dinner and celebration. This event, started in 1971, has become the Indianapolis community’s longest-running and most historic celebration honoring Dr. King and features a nationally-known speaker. In addition, students, faculty, and staff partner with local agencies and organizations for a “day-on of service” in the Indianapolis community on MLK Day each year. More information about he MLK Day celebrations and events can be found here.


Every year, IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and alumni can show their Jaguar pride and spirit during Homecoming Week. Events include a Homecoming court competition, community service, live performances and concerts, an alumni reception, and men’s and women’s Jaguar Athletics events. More information about Homecoming can be found here.


Held during the last week of the spring semester, Jagapalooza is a spring celebration for students and the IUPUI community. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Jagapalooza features a variety of games, inflatable activities, prizes, and live entertainment. More information about Jagapalooza can be found here.

Top 100 Dinner

The premier recognition program for student leaders, the Top 100 Dinner honors the top 100 junior and senior students each year and is sponsored by the IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR). Students are nominated and complete an application process which is reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff, and alumni judges. At the dinner, the leading 10 students are announced as well as 90 other scholars. More information about the annual Top 100 Dinner can be found here.