May 28, 2020

Uniquely UMW Tradition – Devil Goat Day – Lives On

The uniquely UMW tradition of Devil Goat Day continues this year. With classes online due to COVID-19, contests are being held virtually.

The uniquely UMW tradition of Devil Goat Day continues this year. With classes online due to COVID-19, contests are being held virtually.

The name might sound odd to some. But for University of Mary Washington students and alumni, “Devil Goat Day” is tradition – one that’s been around for nearly a century.

And this year, as always, it’s on!

With courses turned virtual and campus cleared out due to COVID-19, Senior Class Council (SCC) couldn’t bear to give up this uniquely UMW event – where students who graduate in odd years, called “devils,” compete with those who graduate in even years, called “goats.”

“We couldn’t let that day slide by without acknowledging the tradition that we care so much about,” said SCC President Eleanor Kilmon, who’s worked with her clubmates to take it online for a week instead of a day.

Launched Sunday, this year’s event is packed with as much Eagle pride and well-meaning rivalry – seniors and sophomores vs. juniors and freshmen – as ever. But instead of on Ball Circle, competitions take place on Instagram, with #umwdgd. Traditional matches of corn hole, cup-pong and bull-riding give way to virtual challenges unofficially measured by re-posts and tags. Read more.

New This Year! Pre-Order a Devil-Goat Day Shirt!

Order your shirt for Devil-Goat Day 2020 today!

Do you want to be part of the fun? Do you want to support one of the longest standing traditions on campus? Pre-order this year’s Devil-Goat Day Shirt TODAY! New this year, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to pre-order Devil-Goat Day shirts prior to the event. Receive your shirt before the big day and wear your shirt to advertise the event and show that you’re the “cool” faculty and/or staff! Please fill out the preorder form for yourself or your office to guarantee reserved shirts by March 1st. Price per shirt is $2. Payment will be accepted the week of April 13th location and time TBD, a reminder will be sent out to make sure you receive your shirt. PLEASE NOTE: Staff and faculty will no longer be able to receive more than one shirt on the day of the event and must wait in line to receive a shirt if they do not preorder. Email senior class president Ellie Kilmon, ekilmon@mail.umw.edu with questions.

Preorder Link