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School Spirit

UNLV has established many traditions in its short history. Whether kicking off the school year with Premier UNLV, celebrating diverse cultures on campus, or rooting on athletics teams, Rebels always display their school pride. Here are a few of UNLV’s time-honored traditions.


Premier UNLV

This annual kickoff to the new academic year has grown into a cherished tradition for students and alumni. Premier UNLV includes a welcome cookout, T-shirts, and performances by the UNLV marching band, dance team, cheerleaders, and special guests. The event ends when students and alumni gather on the North Field to form the letters U-N-L-V with flashlights for an aerial photograph. Fireworks choreographed to the UNLV Fight Song add to the festive atmosphere.



Rebels return to the UNLV campus each fall for homecoming - to rekindle old friendships and make new memories. During homecoming week, campus is abuzz with student activities, concerts, lectures, and the annual alumni dinner. The celebration culminates with a pre-game tailgate, the parade that winds its way around Sam Boyd Stadium, and the big gridiron matchup.


Festival of Communities

Festival of Communities is a celebration of unity through diversity. Each spring, the events give the UNLV and Las Vegas community an opportunity to explore the wide variety of cultures that make our campus community unique.


Fremont Cannon

The Fremont Cannon is a traveling trophy that resides each year with the winner of the football game between UNLV and UNR. It is a replica of the cannon used by explorer John C. Fremont as he headed west in 1843. UNLV first won rights to the cannon in 1970. Learn more fun facts about UNLV »


School Colors

The official colors of UNLV are scarlet and gray.



Catch up with the Rebels at the official athletics site.


Hey Reb! and “Rebels” Nickname

Today, Hey Reb! — UNLV's mascot — delights throngs of Rebels fans, but the modern mountain man wasn't the university's first official Rebel mascot. Read about how Hey Reb! was designed specifically to be a figure the entire UNLV community could embrace and rally around. Mascot and Nickname History »


Fight Song

Get in the spirit and listen to Win With the Rebels.