Celebrating Fifty Years

Symbols & Traditions

Academic institutions throughout the world have created a wide variety of customs, including distinctive dress, color, and ceremony, to indicate the accomplishments of scholars. UNLV shares in many academic traditions that can be traced to the world's oldest institutions of higher learning.

These symbols and traditions can be seen at official university events such as academic convocations, commencements, and presidential inaugurations.

Presidential Medallion
The presidential medallion is the official insignia of the university president. Learn more about this symbol.

University Mace
The university mace is carried on ceremonial occasions during the academic procession. Learn more about the design and history of the ceremonial mace.

Academic Regalia
The academic caps, gowns, and hoods that make the processionso colorful are part of an 800-year tradition. Learn about the symbolism and history of academic dress.

Alma Mater
Learn more about UNLV's alma mater.