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 Class Ring

 

The official ring of Auburn University includes many symbols that identify individuals as a graduate of Auburn University. Each ring captures the essence of Auburn University with the interlocking AU on top of a navy blue stone. Two eagles, facing opposite directions at the top of each side, symbolize looking to the past and future—utilizing the experiences and accomplishments of past Auburn graduates to help shape the future of the individual wearer of the ring. One side also has the Auburn University seal with the founding date of 1856, along with Auburn's mission of research, instruction, and extension. The other side reveals the Auburn Tiger and below that, the unique symbol of the Toomer's Corner tradition. Four lines wrap around the palm of the ring and lend support to interlocking AU's. Each line symbolizes one facet of the Auburn Family—students, alumni, faculty, and administration. In addition to this traditional styling, some ladies may have opted to receive the all-metal signet style ring. The interlocking AU on top is the common thread between both style rings. Engraved inside the band of each ring is the universal greeting and battle cry that all members of the Auburn family recognize—“War Eagle.”

On Ring Night, rings are placed on the seal at precisely 6:56 PM, or 18:56 in military time, the year of Auburn’s founding. By placing the rings on the seal, each ring inherits the spirit and the history of Auburn. The rings are then removed from the seal at the moment in military time that represents the current year we are in. In the Auburn Creed, it states, “I believe in education which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” When wearing their rings, ring recipients can take pride in their success at one of finest academic institutions in the country.

From our campus tours and Camp War Eagle, all Auburn students understand that stepping on the seal has dire consequences including not graduating from Auburn in 4 years, not meeting your true love at Auburn and most terrifying of all, being cursed with 7 generations of Alabama fans. The only way to reverse the curse is by jumping into the President’s fountain. While Ring wearers are not be required to jump into the fountain, the Ring recipients do dip their Rings in a bowl of water from the President’s fountain today. This not only cleanses the Ring, but also maintains the tradition and the spirit of Auburn in each of them. Graduates who wear the Ring will take that sense of pride in Auburn and the values they learned there with them wherever they go in the future.

Aubie Dipping His Ring

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

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.

Aubie

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!"

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.

Eagle Flying

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.

Students on Hey Day

Parades

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.

Wreck Tech Parade

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.
 

Aubie reading The 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.

Toomers Corner

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