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鶹ӳ History and Traditions

鶹ӳ Traditions

M Climb

Started in 1908 by 250 students, 20 faculty members and a team of burros, first-year students start their 鶹ӳ journey with a short hike up Mt. Zion carrying a 10-pound rock from their hometown to add to the famous hillside “M.” This beloved tradition brings students together during the first week of school to introduce new students to the 鶹ӳ community, build a sense of camaraderie and show off Golden’s beauty.

 

 

 

 

E-Days

Each spring, Orediggers put aside their studies to celebrate what it means to be an Oredigger at Engineering Days—or E-Days. The three-day celebration features a cardboard boat race down Clear Creek, an ore cart pull to Colorado’s state capitol building, a drilling competition and engineering games, live entertainment and one of the best fireworks shows around. 

students around homecoming bonfire

Homecoming

As one of 鶹ӳ’ signature experiences, the annual Homecoming celebrations highlight the best of the Oredigger spirit and 鶹ӳ traditions. The event typically includes a distinguished lecture—from famous faces such as Bill Nye and Mae Jemison—a 5K, tailgate and football game, sunrise M Climb, awards and more.

International Day

Hosted by the International Student Council and International Office, International Day is one of the biggest campus events of the year. This yearly event celebrates 鶹ӳ’ international community through global cuisine, cultural exhibits and exciting performances.

Women at 鶹ӳ

Throughout its history, women have had a place at 鶹ӳ, pioneering the future for women in engineering and science. Today, women make up more than 30 percent of the Oredigger community and graduate at a higher rate than their male peers. 鶹ӳ is committed to promoting gender equity and inclusive excellence, supporting and creating opportunities for all who come to 鶹ӳ with the goal of making the world a better place.

Fight Song

Dating back to 1879, the music is based on a song called “Son of a Gambolier” and definitely sounds like something that might have been heard in a mining town saloon!

Helluva Service Event

This annual connection-building event is a student-driven day of community service for our beloved City of Golden. Students from across campus come together and complete a variety of projects that help give back to the community that has supported and been home to 鶹ӳ for so many years.

Capstone Design

鶹ӳ has long been a preferred partner when tackling some of the world’s most pressing engineering and scientific challenges, and Capstone Design puts that collaboration on display—quite literally. The yearlong, client-driven design challenge provides the opportunity for students to engage with industry, government agencies and community organizations to develop multidisciplinary approaches to solving real-world problems and prepares students to enter the workforce. Student teams present their solutions to their clients and show off their innovations at a design showcase each semester. 

鶹ӳ Silver Plated Diploma

Silver-Plated Diplomas

While the degrees granted by 鶹ӳ are valuable and unique, so are the diplomas themselves. The silver-plated metal diplomas are are 5″ by 5.75″ with the diploma wording engraved on the surface and the seals of 鶹ӳ and the State of Colorado. All 鶹ӳ graduates will receive one silver-plated metal diploma for each degree awarded as their official university diploma after graduation and upon certification of their degree.

Blaster

Blaster the Burro represents the hard work, determination and dedication Orediggers are known for and has long been a much-loved symbol of the 鶹ӳ spirit. Blaster made his first appearance at 鶹ӳ when Frederick Foss—a longtime Golden resident and 鶹ӳ advocate—brought his burro to 鶹ӳ football games in the mid 20th century and students fell fast and hard for the burro. Now a mainstay at all 鶹ӳ athletic events, Blaster has become a strong representation of the 鶹ӳ brand and Oredigger values.

1921
Loan began with Edgar Mine, one of only two university-run mines in the U.S.

pickaxe

1883
First formal commencement, graduating William Middleton and Walter Wiley

graduation cap

1919
One of the first four
colleges in the U.S.
to establish ROTC

military dog tags

History of 鶹ӳ

Golden, first known as Golden City, was established in 1859 and served as a supply center for miners and settlers in the area. By 1866, Bishop George M. Randall arrived in the territory and, seeing a need for higher education facilities in the area, began planning for a university that would include a school of mines. In 1870, he opened the Jarvis Hall Collegiate School in a building just south of the town of Golden. In 1873, 鶹ӳ opened under the auspices of the Episcopal Church and in 1874 the School of 鶹ӳ became a territorial institution and has been a state institution since 1876 when Colorado attained statehood.

Jarvis Hall

Jarvis Hall and School of 鶹ӳ

Bishop George M. Randall

Bishop George M. Randall

The first 鶹ӳ Board of Trustees meeting was held in 1874, the first formal commencement for two graduates was held in 1883, the first international student graduated in 1889, and the first female student graduated in 1898.

Courses offered to students during the early years of 鶹ӳ included chemistry, metallurgy, mineralogy, mining engineering, geology, botany, math and drawing. The focus of the early academic programs was on gold and silver, and the assaying of those minerals. As the institution grew, its mission expanded to focus specifically on understanding the Earth, harnessing energy and sustaining the environment.

For additional 鶹ӳ history, see the catalogs, yearbooks, pictures, building plans and unpublished histories housed in the Wood Archives on the lower level of 鶹ӳ’ , 1400 Illinois St.