Auburn Traditions

Auburn University is not just an institution that is dedicated to the academic success of its students, but it also prides itself on tradition. We, the Auburn faithful, are proud to have called this, our alma mater, our home. Because of these traditions and the beloved spirit they bring to our students, staff, and faculty, we are honored to say that the traditions of Auburn University have captured our hearts and our minds.

We have compiled a list of the most cherished Auburn traditions. If you know of any traditions that we have not listed, or if you have any of your own that you are willing to share, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be sure to add them!

Auburn Alma Mater

On the rolling plains of Dixie 'Neath the sun-kissed sky,
Proudly stands our Alma Mater Banners high.
To thy name we'll sing the praise, From hearts that love so true,
And pledge to thee our loyalty the ages through.
We hail thee, Auburn, and we vow To work for thy just fame,
And hold in memory as we do now Thy cherished name.
Hear the student voices swelling, Echoes strong and clear,
Adding laurels to thy fame enshrined so dear.
From the hollowed walls we'll part, And bid thee sad adieu;
Thy sacred trust we'll bear with us the ages through.
We hail thee, Auburn, and we vow To work for thy just fame,
And hold in memory as we do now Thy cherished name.

Words and music by Bill Wood '24
1960 word revision by Emma O'Rear Foy

Auburn Creed

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn.

Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God."

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

by George Petrie, Auburn professor and first coach of Auburn's Football team


Aubie, created by Birmingham Post-Herald Artist Phil Neel, is Auburn University's award-winning mascot. Aubie has won a record seven mascot national championships, more than any other mascot in the United States. Aubie was among the first three college mascots inducted to the Mascot Hall of Fame, inducted on August 15, 2006.


Cater Hall Call Outs

Held on the front and back steps of Katherine Cooper Cater Hall, Callouts are a time when students who have been chosen for membership into certain campus organizations are announced.

Flying Eagle

There have been rumored to be a few different interpretations of how the tradition of the eagle flying over the stadium became so important to the Auburn family. Not much is known about how the tradition of the eagle flying over the stadium began and how the "War Eagle" battle cry originated, history has told us that it all started in 1892. It was during this year at Piedmont Park that the Auburn/Georgia rivalry was born.

Hey Day

On January 29, 1985, Auburn reinstated an annual tradition of the Fifties and Sixties called "Hey Day," a day on which all students wear name tags and say "hey" to everyone they pass. Leaders on campus join forces and pass out name tags to support this tradition and prove that Auburn University has the friendliest campus around.



Beat Bama:

The Iron Bowl. Auburn vs. Alabama, the greatest rivalry in college football and perhaps in any sport. Starting on February 22, 1893, the two teams have played 78 games since the rivalry began. Originally, the two clashed on Legion Field in Birmingham, but since 1989, the teams alternate stadiums. The day before the game, a parade will tour the town, ending in the stadium for a pep rally.

The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry:

Auburn vs. Georgia. It began on February 20, 1892 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Since 1898, the Tigers and the Bulldogs have played every year, with the exception of 1943 when Auburn did not field a team because of World War II. The rivalry has spawned another tradition, the "Burn the Bulldogs" parade, which takes place the week before the Auburn - Georgia game. Fraternities, student groups, ROTC and others all work to build floats for the parade. This is followed by a huge pep rally.

Wreck Tech:

Auburn vs. Georgia Tech. In 1896, a group of Auburn ROTC cadets snuck out of their dorms before the Auburn-Georgia Tech game and greased the railroad tracks leading into town. According to legend, the train slid through Auburn, unable to stop, until coming to a halt outside of Loachapoka, Alabama. The Georgia Tech team then had to walk five miles back to Auburn to play in the game. To commemorate their fatigue, Auburn fans parade through the streets in pajamas and build floats for display. The last time Georgia Tech played Auburn was in 2005, but this parade is sure to return when Georgia Tech returns to Auburn in the future.


The Auburn Plainsman

The Auburn Plainsman is the student-run newspaper for Auburn University. It has notably received awards for excellence from the Associated Collegiate Press and is the second-most decorated student publication in the history of the National Pacemaker competition. Founded in 1893 as "The Orange and Blue," its name was changed in 1922 to The Auburn Plainsman.

Toomer's Corner

According to the Auburn University Athletics website, Toomer's Corner was first known to be rolled with toilet paper around 1962 or 1963. This was told to us by a gentleman named Mac Lipscomb, who was the pharmacist in charge of the drug store back then. Over the course of many years, Toomer's Corner would only be rolled when there were away-game victories. However, that changed in the early 1990's, as many home victories called for such a celebration.


War Eagle

The question has always been asked, "Where did 'War Eagle' come from?" Perhaps now we can shed some light on this. All of our research on this very question has told us that our beloved battle cry originated somewhere between 1908 and 1914, however we could not pinpoint an exact date. As any Auburn student knows, there have been many stories as to how the chant began and we know of one that is true. It was during the Auburn/Carlisle game of 1914. The interesting part is that the two most influential words now known in the collegiate community were first spoken by a member of the opposing football team! Every time that all-American and Carlisle Indian Calac would make it to the end zone, he would let out "War Eagle" as loud as he could. However this ended once the Auburn team put a stop to him. After Auburn's 7-0 victory, the entire team broke out in a cheer of "War Eagle!"




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