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Spirit & Traditions

A legacy of spirit, tradition and pride

The way we welcome new Mustangs, the way we celebrate our most important times of the year and the way we let loose and have a blast – it's all part of what's so great about SMU. We're big on tradition and spirit here on the Hilltop, and we take a lot of pride in our community and the rich, century-long history the University has built.

Each of the milestones throughout the year is marked with its own special festivities. From the hectic bustle of Move In Day to the excitement of game day to the joy of Celebration of Lights to the hopefulness of Commencement, the Hilltop's legacy of spirit, tradition and pride shines as bright as the sun in the Dallas sky.

From your first Family Weekend to your fiftieth Homecoming game, you'll never stop being a Mustang.




SMU Pony Ears Mustang fans show school pride with Pony Ears during school songs, chants and cheers.

SMU colors: Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue
SMU's motto: Veritas Liberabit Vos (The truth shall make you free)
Mustang mascot: Peruna, named after an early 20th-century medicine, Peruna Tonic
School song: “Varsity” (click to play)