December 5, 2022

Beloved UMW Tradition ‘Devil-Goat Day’ is Back!

UMW held its first in-person Devil-Goat Day since the pandemic. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

UMW held its first in-person Devil-Goat Day since the pandemic. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

A uniquely UMW tradition brought an electric vibe to campus yesterday, with the revival of Devil-Goat Day.

“It’s the first time back since the pandemic,” said senior Carleigh Rahn. “There’s a new energy.”

Music was pumping on Jefferson Square, where a sea of students dressed in red (Devils, who graduate in odd years) and green (Goats, who graduate in even years) gathered for a high-energy, full-spirit competition that dates back to the 1920s. The event, which had been held virtually for the past two years due to COVID, returned in-person. And students were ready!

“Seeing everyone out here, it’s just so euphoric,” said senior Arianna Rodriguez, whose class hadn’t been able to gather for the end-of-the-academic-year ritual since 2019. Read more.