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Spirit and Traditions

We are the BSU Bears!

Departments within the Division of Student Affairs hold hundreds of events each year, dedicated to engaging students, faculty, and the Bridgewater State community. These are just some examples of what you can expect, living the #BSUlife!

Bristaco the Bear at the Homecoming Parade

BRISTACO the bear is our mascot

The bear was chosen as the school mascot by a student vote in the 1960's when Bridgewater State brought modern day football to the college. BRISTACO was named for the institution which, at the time, was BRIdgewater STAte COllege.
Various BSU Sports

BSU colors are crimson and white

Homecoming Court

Homecoming and Family Day

BSU students, alumni, families, and friends join together every fall for Homecoming and Family Day, which unites the past with the present, creating a wonderful opportunity for alumni to rekindle ties with old classmates and families to reconnect with their students. Traditions include our Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a parade and pageant, a fair at University Park, alumni reunions, and the Homecoming football game.
Opening Day BBQ

Weeks of Welcome

The "Weeks of Welcome" programs, at the start of each academic year, greet all our new and returning students with a flurry of engagement opportunities. From Opening Day BBQ and New Student Convocation to Welcome Week entertainment and Bristaco's Block Party, there is something for everyone to help them get (re)connected to BSULife!
Students clap at commencement
Every May, BSU holds three commencement ceremonies under the tent on Boyden quad. The BSU community, families and friends celebrate our students as they graduate in two undergraduate ceremonies and one graduate commencement ceremony.