Campus Traditions

From our Pride Stride color run during Welcome Week to our pancake study break during final exams, PNW campus traditions bring our community together all year long.

A campus view of the new PNW Bell Tower, taken during its unveiling ceremony.

PNW Celebrates New Bell Tower

PNW’s Hammond campus unveiled a steel bell tower designed by PNW technology students spring 2022. A new visual landmark, the tower supports PNW Pride by playing songs including the Purdue Northwest fight song and alma mater.

Read About the Bell Tower

Paws Up! Roar Pride!

Learn the new Purdue University Northwest fight song, “Onward PNW,” and alma mater song, “In the Heart of the Calumet.”

Fight Song of Purdue University Northwest


Onward Purdue Northwest

Without a hint of fear.

The Pride salutes you, the Region’s best

We’re with you loud and clear.


Onward Purdue Northwest

The Lion’s Pride can see

Our teams’ strong will, their heart and skill

For a swift Pride victory!

Alma Mater of Purdue University Northwest


In the heart of the Calumet region

Near Lake Michigan’s dune-covered shotes

Is our treasured and dear alma mater

Whose praise we sing once more:


Black and gold our colors,

Mighty is our roar,

The Pride of our Purdue Northwest

Our hearts will e’er adore.

Campus Traditions In Action

Students at the Homecoming Carnival are pictured.

Purdue Northwest got Homecoming month started with the annual Homecoming Carnival on the Hammond Campus!

Students walking in 5K walk.

Walk participants enjoyed a nice day on the Hammond campus during Homecoming 2021.

A dog is pictured for SGA Cram Jam.

From Homecoming Carnivals and Yard Parties to baseball in Dowling Park, students and faculty came together to celebrate in a safe and socially-distanced manner in our 2021 festivities.

An aerial view of students walking across the quad at PNW's Westville Campus.

At PNW's Welcome Weeks, students enjoy free food, fun and giveaways on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

A runner points a finger at the PNW pride stride.

Taking big strides at PNW's Pride Stride.

Students kick off the Pride Stride with a spray of color.

Students kick off the Pride Stride with a spray of color.

NIPSO donation giving is pictured.

Rick Calinski (left), NIPSCO director of public affairs and economic development, presents a donation of $10,000 from the NiSource Charitable Foundation to Lawrence Hamer, dean of the Purdue Northwest College of Business. The college raised an additional $10,000 on PNW Day of Giving to secure the matching gift for technology updates in the student learning labs.

A PNW graduate in a crowd. Her cap reads "She believed she could so she did."

Annual commencement celebrations are always a highlight for students, faculty and parents alike.

PNW Traditions

Welcome Weeks
Kicking off the semester, a series of events occur throughout the first week of classes to introduce students to all of the resources PNW has to offer.

Pride Stride
Show your pride with a 5K Fun Run/Walk. Participants will get blasted with color at this outdoor outing on PNW’s scenic Westville campus.

Late Night Madness
We celebrate the start of Pride basketball season with food, games, contests and prizes.

From carnivals to painting windows across campus, this month culminates in basketball games at the “Mane Event.”

PNW Day of Giving
This record-setting, 24-hour annual fundraiser invites the campus and community to come together in supporting the university.

Pancake Study Break
Held the Monday before finals week, the annual pancake study break is designed to give students a much needed break during a stressful week.

PNW commencement is a time to celebrate as graduates, families, professors and supporters all gather to show pride in our newest PNW alumni!

Student Events

Aug 19

Cookout with a Cop

Stop by University Village (behind Peregrine Hall on the Hammond campus) to enjoy free food including burgers, hotdogs, cookies and chips and bottled water!

Aug 23

IS Scavenger Hunt 2022

Students, show your PNW Pride and enter to win an iPad Air! The IS Scavenger Hunt 2022 begins on August 23 and ends at midnight on September 7!

Aug 25

Welcome Rally (Hammond Campus)

Explore your roar at the Hammond Campus’ Welcome Rally!

Aug 26

It’s All New to Me, Too

Join us in Uniting the Pride for a PNW welcome picnic to meet new students, connect with student organizations, faculty and staff and hear tips for how to have an amazing semester from student leaders.