PNW's mascot, Leo the Lion, stands in front of a bleacher that is full of people. Leo is holding up a pointer finger.

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 group of student athletes pose in front of hand drawn homecoming signs


PNW’s annual Homecoming celebration offers a blend of favorite traditions and exciting new events. From the week-long Chancellor’s Cup to benefit the PNW Food Pantry to the thrilling Mane Event, there are chances for everyone in the PNW community to show their pride!

Learn More About Homecoming

A dancer in Danzantes Aztecas performs at PNW's Hispanic Heritage Month

Cultural Heritage Celebrations

Learn about other cultures at PNW’s many diversity celebrations!

With students from 50 countries and a variety of backgrounds, Purdue Northwest is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion! Events such as the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival celebrating the richness of our community, both at PNW and in the region at large.

See More of PNW’s Celebrations

Three students pose with Leo, PNW's lion mascot

Welcome Week

Celebrate the new academic year at Welcome Week!

Purdue Northwest’s annual Welcome Rallies are a fun-filled way to kick off each new academic year as student organizations and campus departments share information and swag. There’s a good chance our mascot, Leo, is on the prowl too.

Learn More About Welcome Week

Onward PNW

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!

Students stand and sit in full bleachers

In the Heart of the Calumet

Alma Mater of Purdue University Northwest

In the heart of the Calumet region

Near Lake Michigan’s dune-covered shores

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

Upcoming Events

Dec 05

Pajama Jam

Join us for a night of cozy vibes and groovy moves at the Pajama Jam Party Dance!

Dec 05

Elf Event

Join us in the Pride Cafe for some holiday fun! We’ll be showing the holiday favorite movie, Elf, and providing some warm meals to keep you warm!

Dec 05

First-Generation College Graduate Celebration

Come celebrate your accomplishment as a recent first-gen college graduate at PNW!

Dec 06

Play Day – Hammond Campus

Take a break from studying and join us for a day of play featuring make your own slime, games, puzzles and word searches, stress relief techniques, food AND even karaoke!