UL Lafayette Lagnicappe Day canoe races on 柏树湖

文化 & 传统

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette proudly preserves and celebrates the Cajun and Creole cultures. Our rich heritage is interwoven in our traditions and is a part of everyday life on campus.

UL Lafayette embodies the cultures and spirit that are the heart of Louisiana.

We embrace each others' uniqueness and share a sense of community, 的决心, 创新, and joie de vivre — an exuberant enjoyment of life.

UL Lafayette 学生 enjoying crawfish during 一天小赠品


学生 in red UL gear playing with a puppy in a red bandana


It's a tradition — and our favorite color. 每个星期五, 学生, 教师, 工作人员 and community members show their Ragin' Cajun spirit by wearing red.

其他的传统来了又去, along with name changes and spirit leaders, but red has always been the University's school color. In fact, we are the only university to have vermilion as an official color.

学生 with boiled crawfish on their fingers


一些额外的. That’s what 一天小赠品 is all about. 50年来, 学生 take a break each spring from studying with 有趣的 activities: canoe races in 柏树湖, 一年一度的湖跳, 小龙虾煮得很大,我们用10个,1000磅小龙虾.

tents set up in the UL Lafayette quad for 入职日 during Welcome Week


Held the first week of classes in the fall, 法人后裔的狂热 consists of activities that celebrate 学生' return. Activities include free donuts and snacks on the first day, and 入职日.

waterski team throwing beads at parade


30多年了, 鲁克斯的克鲁 has served as the University's kick-off to the Mardi Gras season. The parade includes 学生, 组织, 教师/工作人员 and University departments. Participants ride in decorated vehicles or walk the parade route on campus.



不管你毕业于1960年还是2023年, 同学会 gives Ragin’ Cajuns a perfect opportunity to reconnect with campus. 在返校周期间, 学生, 教师, 工作人员, 校友, and fans can take part in activities such as Paint the Town Red, 大声喊叫, 还有返校节游行.

学生 building snow man at snow day


The snow may not be real but the holiday spirit is genuine. 每年12月份, the University celebrates Sneaux天 at Martin Hall with hot cocoa, 什锦饭, 还有圣诞老人的来访. A snow machine pulls up to Martin Hall and covers the front lawn with shaved ice, 最适合打雪仗了!

traditional music emsemble playing at the blue moon saloon


UL Lafayette is one of only two dozen universities in North America offering hands-on musical instruction in oral traditions, and the only one to feature the Cajun and Creole French music of Louisiana.

Ragin' Cajuns outside of Martin Hall at UL Lafayette for the Big Event


Service to others is a tradition at UL Lafayette. Each year, on average, 学生 and 教师 provide more than 150,000 service hours. Each year hundreds of 学生 and employees give back on a day of service called The Big Event.



The 荣誉之路 is one of our greatest traditions. Bricks are inscribed with the names of every student who has graduated from the University, literally making our 校友 a piece of the campus years after graduation.

Students eating gumbo at Ragin' Cajuns tailgating tent


Ragin' Cajuns fans are known as some of the best fans and champion tailgaters in the world. Our Cajun heritage is one of a love for music, 食物, 有趣的, 善良的人, so it's no surprise that the parking lots around Cajun Field on game days are one giant party.

official louisiana rings floating in a pirouge on 柏树湖 on UL Lafayette's campus


The 路易斯安那戒指仪式 celebrates the bond between all UL graduates. Students and graduates who participate are presented with their 路易斯安那州官方戒指, which spend the night before in a custom-built pirogue on 柏树湖.

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns cheerleaders at Ragin的咆哮


精神. 这就是Ragin的咆哮的意义所在. Students gather on campus before the first home football game for Ragin’ Roar, UL Lafayette’s biggest pep rally of the year.

Student speaking to environmentalists about water protection

Fête de la Terre

拉斐特的地球日庆祝活动, Fête de la Terre, hosts a green curriculum and green job expo where campus departments and 组织 share information with 学生.

体验Fête de la Terre


The Center for Louisiana Studies is dedicated to researching, 宣传, 促进, and preserving Louisiana’s cultures and history. It’s at the heart of our scholarly investigation into Louisiana’s culture and heritage.

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