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Traditions

Spreading Lumberjack Spirit

When you participate in our Lumberjack events, you take part in celebrating more than a century of tradition. Join us and write your own chapter in NAU’s rich history.

Family Weekend

Experience the people, the programs, and the community of Northern Arizona University! Every fall, during Family Weekend, parents and families of students visit campus and experience life as a Lumberjack.

Activities include:

  • live entertainment
  • pre-game BBQ
  • football game
  • casino night
  • Sunday brunch
A group of N A U cheerleaders stands on the sideline and watches the game, with the image focused on one in the front, smiling as she holds her blue and gold pom poms.

Homecoming

A beloved tradition since 1924, Homecoming connects NAU to the community as we welcome returning alumni to enjoy a week of campus events and activities.

Highlights include:

  • bonfire and pep rally
  • alumni awards
  • Lumberjack pageant
  • Homecoming Dedicatee banquet
  • Homecoming Day parade
  • football game

Louie the Lumberjack To activate the Louie the Lumberjack tab, press your spacebar.

The “Lumberjack” is the university’s traditional mascot and has been used since 1915 as the name for the athletic teams.

LJs To activate the LJs tab, press your spacebar.

Show your Lumberjack pride whenever you want simply by forming the letter “L” with your right hand and “J” with your left.

New Lumberjacks form LJs with their hands and smile.

Freshman Letters To activate the Freshman Letters tab, press your spacebar.

At the beginning of the fall semester, this monumental photo opp brings together all new freshmen to form the letters N, A, and U.

Watch how we do it

Running of the Freshmen To activate the Running of the Freshmen tab, press your spacebar.

This infamous gathering is a chance for freshmen to get geared up in blue and gold to show their #TrueBlueNAU spirit and run from end zone to end zone before the first home football game of the season.

Logging Wheels To activate the Logging Wheels tab, press your spacebar.

A symbol of Flagstaff’s lumber town heritage, the giant NAU logging wheels have been a centerpiece of the annual Homecoming Parade since 1934.

The NAU logging wheels roll in every homecoming parade.

Tree Cookies To activate the Tree Cookies tab, press your spacebar.

We embrace our Lumberjack spirit during our home Athletics events, when the NAU Forestry Club saws “tree cookies” every time the Lumberjacks score.

NAU Lumberjacks cut a "tree cookie" when athletics teams score.

NAU Fight Song To activate the NAU Fight Song tab, press your spacebar.

Fight, Fight, Fight for NAU!

Take the ball and follow through.

Lead the Blue and Gold to fame,

As we win another game.

Cheer, Cheer, Cheer for NAU!

We want a victory!

So fight, fight, fight with all your might,

For we want a victory tonight!

Hear it now

Greek Week To activate the Greek Week tab, press your spacebar.

Greek Week is all about the community. Our on-campus fraternities and sororities team up to win various awards centered on community service and philanthropy, and all money raised during the week is donated to local and national charities.

Events

Mr. Lumberjack Pageant To activate the Mr. Lumberjack Pageant tab, press your spacebar.

Male students compete in this mock beauty pageant to show their Homecoming pride. The winner receives an impressive prize package that includes gift certificates from local businesses and rides with the Kayettes in the downtown Flagstaff Homecoming parade.

Taylor Haunted House To activate the Taylor Haunted House tab, press your spacebar.

Residents of Taylor Hall don’t just present the same old haunted house. Students and Flagstaff community members enjoy Halloween magic while raising money for charity and participating in a canned food drive.

Haunted House Facebook

Earth Week To activate the Earth Week tab, press your spacebar.

NAU’s Earth Week joins NAU with the community in celebrating fun, sustainable solutions that positively affect our environment.

Earth Week Calendar

Cultural Traditions To activate the Cultural Traditions tab, press your spacebar.

Celebrating the heritages and cultural traditions of all our Native American, Asian-Pacific American, African American, and Hispanic American students is a critical aspect of our commitment towards creating an inclusive campus community.

Native American Cultural Center  Clubs and Organizations  Multicultural Events

Convocations To activate the Convocations tab, press your spacebar.

Graduating seniors are presented with a satin sash during a ceremonial event that recognizes them for their leadership, successes and academic achievements while honoring their identities and heritage. NAU hosts convocations for Native, Hispanic, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Veteran, and LGBTQA students.

Stew Fest To activate the Stew Fest tab, press your spacebar.

The campus community is invited to enjoy traditional Native American stews (mutton, hominy beef, green chili pork, vegetable) and frybread during this annual event at the Native American Cultural Center in a celebration of community and Native American hospitality.

Winterfest/Tree Lighting To activate the Winterfest/Tree Lighting tab, press your spacebar.

Celebrate winter with us in the at the Annual Winterfest! Community members and NAU students can enjoy the annual NAU tradition of lighting the luminarias and the tree.

NAU students can participate in ice skating, crafting holiday sweaters, and decorating holiday cookies! Free hot cocoa, cider, and cookies will be provided to NAU students.

True Blue Fridays To activate the True Blue Fridays tab, press your spacebar.

Show your Lumberjack pride every Friday, when we wear our favorite NAU gear to be “True Blue” NAU. Students are always part of the excitement with free admission to all NAU Athletics home events.

True Blue Fridays

Gold Axe Awards To activate the Gold Axe Awards tab, press your spacebar.

Select graduating seniors are singled out each semester for their contributions to Northern Arizona University and presented with the coveted Gold Axe Award during a ceremony in their honor. The tradition dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics and small gold axe pins were awarded to outstanding members of the student body in recognition of their outstanding achievements and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.

Gabapalooza To activate the Gabapalooza tab, press your spacebar.

Gabaldon Hall throws an outdoor party on their huge lawn every spring, and everyone is invited. The event includes:

  • concerts
  • free food
  • prizes
  • carnival games

Student Athlete for a Day To activate the Student Athlete for a Day tab, press your spacebar.

Every year our student-athletes pair up with elementary school students for a day of bonding, inspirational talks, and physical activity. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organizes this event to make kids aware of the importance of being a good student and community member.