There are a number of traditions which have existed for many
years at Rose-Hulman and have helped to develop a strong school
spirit. Some traditions have faded with the passage of time but a
number of them continue to grow with increasing enthusiasm each
year. This is especially true at Homecoming time; and it is
important for students to understand that, while the tradition is a
great one, the rules and regulations governing student behavior
pertain during Homecoming as they do at all other times of the
The symbol of our school and the Fighting Engineers is Rosie,
the elephant. From 1900 until the 1990s, she was a plaster and
chicken wire creation that could be wheeled around the track during
football games. Now she will be found at athletic events as a
costumed student, greeting and creating fun.
Freshmen, along with help from upperclassmen, are responsible
for the building of the Homecoming Bonfire.
The official Rose-Hulman ring may be ordered from the Bookstore
as soon as a student is a second quarter junior (the specific time
for ordering will be announced by the Bookstore), but the ring
cannot be worn until the student is a senior.
School song - Dear Old Rose
The words of the school song are:
Dear Old Rose
The sweetest flower that
Here's to your colors rose and
Here's to the ones who've kept
Colors true for those who honor
Here's to everything you've
Here's to every fight you've
Dear Old Rose.