Purple Friday Tradition Continues


Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple on Fridays to show their support for the University.

Purple Fridays are designed to raise Truman spirit and build community on campus by joining together to wear Truman colors. The idea was born in the fall of 2009 when Sarah Seberger (’10) and members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee were meeting with then-president Darrell Krueger and the topic turned to the question of raising school spirit across campus. Seberger, who was serving as the vice president of SAAC, proposed to the committee that they have a designated day of the week for wearing Truman apparel. The committee thought it was a great idea as most of them had spirit days in high school and they reached out to other Truman groups on campus to get input. This informal group brainstormed and ended up with the foundation for Truman’s Purple Fridays with the ultimate goal to encourage campus pride in being a member of the University and being a Bulldog. Later that semester, Student Government voted on a resolution deeming the first Purple Friday as Dec. 11, 2009. Check out more information on this Truman Tradition at library.truman.edu/archives/PurpleFriday.asp.

Since that time, Purple Fridays have been a tradition on campus. Anyone with a Truman connection, no matter where they are, can participate simply by wearing purple or any other University apparel. Along the same lines, the first Friday in October is always National Truman Spirit Day. Alumni and friends from near and far are encouraged to share photos showcasing their Truman pride.

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