hawk statue at night

Traditions & Events

Every school has their traditions and special events that campus looks forward to each year and here at Montclair State we are no different!

Theme Weeks

Celebrate a variety of weeks with us ranging from Homecoming Week, Spring Week and De-Stress for Finals Week, to name a few. There is something for everyone!

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Rocky the Red Hawk

As the school mascot, Rocky plays a big role inspiring and spreading campus pride. Not only does he attend large events like Homecoming and Commencement, he also shows up to smaller programs throughout the year, too! Help us celebrate Rocky’s birthday every October 5 and get your Red Hawk Pride on.

Learn More About Rocky


Red Hawk Statue

Our beautiful, 12-foot-high, bronze Red Hawk statue was installed on campus in 2015 and has since brought new traditions to campus. For students, it’s the perfect place to take your first picture on campus when you get accepted and your last as a student when you graduate. Dress the Red Hawk up at different times of the year and don’t forget to rub the beak for good luck during finals and on game days.


On Fridays We Wear Red!

We love painting the campus red and showing our Red Hawk Pride – we encourage you to do the same! All students who wear any piece of Montclair State gear on Fridays (red preferred) during the regular semester get a 10% discount at the bookstore and may enjoy a free fountain beverage with a purchase of $5.99 or more at select dining locations on campus.‌


Montclair State Bucket List

Finally, to really make the most of your experience here we encourage you to check off everything on our Montclair State Bucket list before your time here is done.

Check Out the Bucket List!