University Traditions

Best Fest

This Fall festival features traditional fiesta-style fun and food booths managed by student organizations, a Golf Cart Parade, live music and an always-impressive fireworks finale, known as Rowdy Rampage.

Bridge of Love

Known around campus as the place for lovers to meet, the Bridge of Love is located near the Arts Building. The tradition started more than 20 years ago.

Extreme Makeover

Each fall, UTSA works to give back to its community. Extreme Makeover is sponsored by the VOICES organization and brings together hundreds of volunteers for various clean up and improvement projects. It’s a great way to meet others and give back to the community.

Fiesta UTSA

This Festival has been held as part of FIESTA San Antonio for over 25 years and been a part of the traditions at UTSA for more than 27 years. The event features food and activities in booths sponsored by student organizations, a visit by the Fiesta Royalty, and several musical performances. This event is always one of the first official events on the San Antonio FIESTA Calendar and was the first FIESTA event held north of the city.

Fountain of Luck

It is said by many that touching the fountain under the Sombrilla will bring good luck on your final exams. However, it is only good to touch the fountain during finals; touching it at any other time is rumored to give you bad luck.

Golf Cart Parade

One of the only schools in the United States to do one, UTSA hosts a parade of Golf Carts during Homecoming Week. The parade is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and awards are presented for performance and decoration.  Each year a new theme is selected, and students get involved by decorating carts, participating in the parade itself and remaining for the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular.

Greek Week

Started in the early 1980s, fraternities and sororities enjoy competing in friendly, healthy competitions.

Howdy Rowdy Bash

This annual Welcome To/Back to UTSA party, started in 1995, offers live music and an opportunity to meet UTSA’s student athletes.


UTSA’s Homecoming began in 1985 to allow students and alumni to share in the excitement of supporting the Roadrunners. The golf cart parade and the selection of Mr. and Ms. UTSA and family weekend are just some of the activities that take place during this week. The Rowdy Rampage is a concert, spirit rally, and fireworks display.

Midnight Light

Our front entrance monument is an award-winning architectural element and a welcoming symbol that represents our strong presence in the San Antonio community. The monument is already a popular photo spot for new students, visitors and graduating seniors, but lighting the monument in our school colors at the beginning of each academic year makes a proud statement that we are open for business and our spirit burns bright.


Pronounced “Ni-Ootsa,” NIUTSA is a Pre-Fiesta event that has become a Downtown Campus tradition.  One of the first large events ever held at the Downtown Campus in 1999, NIUTSA has evolved into a family-friendly event featuring live jazz bands, inflatable games, novelty items, crafts, and food!  NIUTSA is free and open to the entire UTSA community.  Families are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs in order to relax and enjoy some great jazz music!

Roadrunner Camp

Roadrunner Camp is a two-day leadership and social retreat for freshmen held the week before the fall semester begins. Students sign up for Camp during their Roadrunner Roundup Program. The camp has grown from 65 students in 1993 to over 250 students to date. Roadrunner Camp is one of UTSA’s strongest traditions for new students.

Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular

This event is a spirit rally and fireworks display that is held in conjunction with Homecoming and brings together over 1,000 Roadrunner fans. Live music is provided by a popular band. The event was started in response to student requests for a bonfire. Instead of a bonfire, it was decided that fireworks are more unique and thus a tradition was born.

University Life Awards

UTSA’s oldest tradition. Started in 1978, UTSA strives to recognize the strong efforts students, faculty, and staff make to improve the UTSA and San Antonio communities. The ULA ceremony recognizes outstanding students, student organizations, staff, and faculty for their contributions to the quality of student life at UTSA. These awards, coordinated by the Student Government Association, are presented annually in the spring semester.


Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association since 1996, the Official UTSA Ring serves as a symbol of pride and accomplishment. The ring represents a lifelong link with fellow classmates and alumni. Students who have achieved junior or senior status are eligible to wear the ring. The UTSA ring is held overnight inside the Alamo before being issued to students, thus forever linking UTSA alumni to the proud and rich history of Texas. Students receive their Official UTSA Rings in the presence of friends, family and university dignitaries at the Official Ring Presentation Ceremony held each fall and spring semester.