students and Rocky the Red Hawk standing in an M shape on the amphitheater steps

Rocky the Red Hawk

As our school’s mascot, Rocky is dedicated to spreading Red Hawk Pride to everyone on campus and frequently attends lots of events on campus. You will definitely see him at Homecoming and Commencement but you might also catch a glimpse at other times throughout the year, too (like on Red Hawk Pride Fridays with free hot beverage coupons if you’re wearing your Montclair State gear!). He is available upon request to show up and attend your department or organizations events and programs, pending availability. Rocky’s very good at taking selfies, passing out prizes or handouts and generally having a good time. See you around campus!

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Team Rocky

In order to fulfill the high demand of requests, in 2015 a group of approximately 20 dedicated Montclair State undergraduate and graduate students was formed called Team Rocky. These student leaders encourage others to get involved and stay connected on campus and to always show their Red Hawk Pride. Team Rocky represents all Red Hawks, so our membership is as diverse as our student population. The team has formed traditions and continues to grow as the campus expands and is always looking for enthusiastic new members. View the official job descriptions for both Rocky and Rocky’s Handlers!

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  • In 1989 Montclair State adopted the Red Hawk – or red-tailed hawk – as its school mascot.
  • In 2001 “Rocky” was named after a student vote.
  • In 2015 Team Rocky was formed.
  • In 2017 Rocky created his very own Snapchat: @RockytheRedHawk.
  • Help us celebrate Rocky’s birthday every year on October 5!