Campus Traditions

A Blue & Gold State of Mind

MSU traditions are an important part of your college experience: they’re loud, zany, and sometimes a little silly, but they’re the memories you’ll have for a lifetime.


Everybody enjoying the Downtown Cat Walk

Downtown CatWalk
March with MSU President Waded Cruzado and the Spirit of the West Marching band through downtown Bozeman. Show off your school pride and have a chance to win some free swag.

Gold Rush
Is it just me or is it really gold in here? On the first game of the season, Bobcats all over campus show their pride by dressing head to toe in gold. The result is a sea of golden hues in the stands, intimidating to the other team, and historically appropriate—Bozeman was founded as a trading post for miners on their way to strike it rich at the gold mines.

Celebrate the return of football season with a week of shenanigans. Let it all hang out at the campus underwear run—the title explains it all. Help repaint the M at the yearly Rockin’ the M volunteer event, a tradition since the M first appeared in 1915. Afterwards, race other students to the top to receive free “I hiked the M” t-shirts. Participate in nightly events such as the lighting of “Go Cats” at North and South Hedges and the F Lot bonfire. Show your support at the pep rally downtown. And, finally on game day, make your way to the parade before the much-anticipated homecoming game.

Champ at the Homecoming Pep Rally

Champ at the Homecoming Pep Rally

Each year, father is pitted against son, mother against daughter, as Montanans divide and our teams battle it out in the infamous Brawl of the Wild. Hosted at Montana State University and the University of Montana on alternating years, we must fight to keep our title and put those Griz where they belong: at the losers’ table.

Bobcat Fest
Enjoy some spring weather downtown with live music, giveaways, and plenty of free food and drink on Main. This end-of-the-year bash is not to be missed.