We wear red to show our pride and passion for the University. The color unites us, to live and to celebrate together, and behold our individual achievements as a singular legacy of the pride.
All graduating seniors are eligible to receive a Cord with a minimum donation to any UH college, scholarship or program of their choice – then they wear the Spirit Cord at commencement to show their Cougar pride as they transition into life as an involved UH Alum!
If you or someone you know is graduating, don’t be left out at your Commencement ceremonies.
From a lovable feline to an all-campus fiesta, the University of Houston builds community and generates fun with a variety of time-honored traditions.
Most individual colleges have their own traditions, too, ranging from 'The Follies', a generation-old law school tradition where students spend months organizing skits parodying their professors, to the annual Engineering Golf Tournament, where golfers raise money to support the Cullen College of Engineering.
The tradition dates back to 1953, when Shasta I, the presiding cougar mascot, lost a toe in a cage door on her way to a game.
The opposing team, the University of Texas, mocked UH by imitating the cougar's injury.
The tradition of service to others is alive and well on the UH Campus with students volunteering more than 1 million hours annually in Houston area communities.
The University of Houston Class Ring So many University of Houston traditions reside in the hearts of students and alumni, but the UH class ring is the only tradition that is always with you.
It is believed that the more people rub the paw, the more good luck the Cougars will have on game day. Sometimes students rub the paw for extra luck for final exams, too.
At game time, Cougar fans show their support by making the "cougar sign," made by folding the ring finger of the right hand toward the palm.
Learn more about purchasing your class ring and the ring ceremony on the University of Houston Alumni Association Web site.