Blue and Gold Fridays return


Hi Faculty & Staff,

Last year, we resurrected the campus tradition of Blue and Gold Day to help demonstrate the dawning of a new day at The University of Akron. Some of you may recall that we used to encourage everyone to wear UA gear on big game days to show your support for our athletic teams. Last year, we thought … why limit the outpouring of school spirit to big game days? Rather, we thought that it would be great to celebrate The University of Akron (including our students, our faculty, our researchers, our staff, and our alumni) on a regular basis. So, we collectively decided to demonstrate school spirit for UA by deeming every Friday of the academic year as a “Blue and Gold Day.” We will continue that tradition in 2017-18.

We encourage all members of our UA family to show pride in each other and in the work we do by wearing blue and gold on Fridays. Yes, UA gear is preferred, but knowing the creativity and individuality of our faculty and staff, variations are fine as long as they are in good taste and within reason. No one is obligated to participate in Blue and Gold Days, but all are invited and encouraged to do so. In fact, let’s leverage the power of social media by posting images of our renewed spirit and pride with the hashtag, #UANewDay.

Over the past year, I have observed a distinct sense of hope and excitement within our university family and local community. Let this be one of many small steps taken to build the momentum for the truly great leaps we can achieve.

Thank you.


President's signatureMatthew J. Wilson
The University of Akron