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School Spirit and Traditions

We may be young, but we are mighty, and we have established many traditions in our short history. Whether kicking off the school year with Premier UNLV, fighting for the right to paint the Fremont Cannon, or celebrating our diverse cultures, our Rebel pride shines through.

Alma Mater

Listen to the UNLV alma mater.

Fight Song

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

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Premier UNLV

Premier UNLV, one of UNLV’s longest-standing traditions, officially welcomes new and returning students to campus, promotes a sense of pride and connection with UNLV, and builds a tradition that marks the official beginning of every academic year.

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Homecoming is an exciting time to be on campus at UNLV. The weeklong celebration honors our history and includes traditional events like the homecoming parade, the alumni dinner, and the Rebel Variety Show talent competition.

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Commencement Traditions

Before UNLV was UNLV, when it was still Nevada Southern, the first graduating class in 1964 was 29 students. The school has come a long way in the last six decades. From that first class in the early '60s through honors for Frank Sinatra, Guy Fieri, and Jimmy Kimmel, our graduates now total more than 128,000 and our commencement traditions continue.

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Festival of Communities

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

Fremont Cannon

Fremont Cannon

The Fremont Cannon is a traveling trophy that resides each year with the winner of the football game between UNLV and UNR.

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School Colors

UNLV's school colors of scarlet and gray can be traced to the late 1950s.

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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.