Tradition Lives at Texas Tech University

Written By Katherine White

August 27, 2013


Tradition is at the root of many things we do in life. Whether it is with family, friends, school, work or any other situation, we strive on tradition. The same can be said for Texas Tech University. Since 1923, the school has been creating and growing traditions for students, alumni, fans and more. Here are some of the top traditions known at Texas Tech:

Carol of Lights

Carol of Lights

Carol of Lights

Held every year to celebrate the holiday season, Texas Tech hosts the Carol of Lights, an event that essentially illuminates the 13 buildings surrounding memorial circle. That’s more than 25,000 red and white lights! The celebration is paired with the Texas Tech University Combined Choirs, which performs favorite holiday classics. This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Double T’s Saddle Monument

On the brand new big screen at Jones AT&T Stadium, be sure to check out the football players gearing up to make their big entrance before every game. You might be wondering about the saddle they all touch as they make their way to the field. This saddle, a sculpture, was dedicated by the Saddle Tramps to Double T, one of the many Masked Rider Horses that served over the years.

Guns Up

This famous hand sign can be traced back to L. Glenn Dippel, a 1961 alumnus of Texas Tech. While living in Austin, he and his wife were constantly faced with the University of Texas’ “Hook ’em Horns” sign. They developed the Guns Up hand sign in 1971 after looking at Raider Red’s raised guns for inspiration. Now, the sign is used as a widely recognized greeting from one Red Raider to another and at every athletic event.

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My Guns Up with Raider Red!


Students and alumni have the opportunity to participate in a week full of fun and activities during Homecoming. These activities include a bonfire, parade, float competitions, open houses, award programs and the homecoming football game. The homecoming queen is announcing during the football game and has been a favorite event since its inception in 1954.

These are just a few of the many traditions Red Raiders enjoy. What are some of your favorite Texas Tech traditions?


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