We Are Green + Gold

At the U of A, Green + Gold Day is every day.

It’s how we recognize the people who make our university community vibrant, inclusive and innovative. Whether you’re a student or part of our faculty, staff, alumni or partnerships, join us in celebrating our school colours. Wearing Green + Gold and spreading school spirit throughout our campuses and communities impacts each and every one of us. It’s a powerful reminder that we all belong!

Green + Gold Fridays

You know it — so now show it! Every Friday, express your U of A pride with Green + Gold. Whether it's your favourite green tee, head-to-toe U of A wear or a subtle touch of gold with a lapel pin, show your spirit in a way that feels good to you. Green + Gold is for everyone, so help us celebrate our vibrant community one colourful Friday at a time!

Collage of U of A Community

Green + Gold Spirit Days

Spirit Days are special events where we celebrate our school colours on a grander scale. Green + Gold Spirit Days happen throughout the year — so keep watch here for updates on the next one!

Upcoming Spirit Day Event: Green + Gold Day as part of U of A Days

Date: Friday, Sept 20
Location: Various, TBA

Details to come. Please check back later!

Green or Gold

Are You Team Green or Gold?

Discover your team colour. Are you a vibrant Green or a sparkling Gold? Find out!


Behold the Green + Gold

Snap a selfie with Guba and Patches, paint your face green and gold or throw on your favourite U of A spirit wear (think hoodie, vintage letter jacket, tartan tie) — the point is, it’s all up to you! Just don’t forget to tag us on social media using @ualberta or #Ualberta when you show off your school spirit!

Why Green + Gold?

The University of Alberta has been home to green and gold since October 13, 1908. That’s the day the university’s Senate (functioning like our current day Board of Governors), at the suggestion of Marion Kirby Alexander, made the dynamic duo our official colours.

Green represents the vast prairie land flanked by deep spruce forests and symbolizes hope and optimism. Gold represents the harvest fields and symbolizes the light of knowledge. It’s also no coincidence that our lustrous river valley dons green and gold fall foliage!

These colours have evolved beyond mere pigments on our palette — they embody our school pride, resilience and identity. Today, green and gold adorns athletic team jerseys, convocation caps and a huge range of spiritwear. Our colours not only remind us of our rich heritage, but also serve as a vibrant canvas for our future stories.