With 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams, there’s no shortage of hype on our campus – and that energy extends beyond the courts and fields as we celebrate everything that makes ACU a pillar of possibility.
Each year, our Opening Assembly begins with a Parade of Flags recognizing the states and nations that ACU students represent. Our community comes together in worship, devotion and prayer before the Big Purple Marching Band launches us into the discoveries of a new academic year.
- Singing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
- Reading of Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-31)
- President Schubert pronouncing the school year “officially in session!”
- “March Grandioso” recessional
Watch: Purple Processional
Our enthusiasm manifests across campus every Friday as students, staff and faculty wear Purple gameday attire. Whether you’re rooting for an athletic team or encouraging your friends with their coursework, a little purple and a lot of Wildcat spirit go a long way.
We enter autumn with a whirlwind weekend of enthusiasm celebrating all we’ve accomplished and looking ahead to everything the future holds. Alumni join us on campus for barbecues and big events, like our Homecoming football game, early-morning parade and music festival. Learn more about Homecoming.
Tout your Wildcat pride with the W-C gesture of loyalty: the “OK” hand symbol with an open “O” (you’ll see the letters!). On campus, we hold the W-C high while we sing “Oh, Dear Christian College” and cheer on our athletes.
Willie the Wildcat
We adopted our mascot in 1919 after two campus sports clubs – The A Club and the West Texas Club – engaged in a friendly fundraising challenge for ACU’s first athletics facility. The West Texas Club brought in the most donations, so they selected the Wildcat moniker to recognize the significance of native fauna in west Texas. Learn more about Willie the Wildcat.
Since 1934, we’ve been repping ACU’s mission through uplifting renditions of “Oh, Dear Christian College,” penned by educator and innovator Dr. G.C. Morlan and with music arranged by music department chair Dr. Leonard Burford (’25).
Once you hear it, you’ll want to sing along too:
Oh, dear Christian College, we love you,
Our dear Alma Mater, today;
Like the stars shining brightly above you,
Your fame shall shine brightly for aye.
To you we’ll prove faithful and loyal
While ever upholding the right,
And gladly we’ll give forth the royal
Three cheers for the purple and white.
Then we’ll pledge our love to Christian,
To her is honor due;
While we gaily sing let praises ring
For our Alma Mater true.