Let's Celebrate

September 14 - 18, 2021

Green and Gold Days is the U of A's premier school spirit event, celebrating the people who make the U of A the vibrant, involved and innovative community that it is — students, faculty, staff and alumni. Although the format will be different again this year, the spirit of lifting each other up remains more essential than ever.

Green and Gold Day

Why Green and Gold?

The University of Alberta has been the home of green and gold since Oct. 13, 1908. That's the day the university's Senate (which used to function like our modern day Board of Governors) officially adopted the colours — all based on the suggestion of Marion Kirby Alexander. The green represents the wide stretches of prairie land flanked by deep spruce forests and symbolizes hope and optimism. The gold represents the golden harvest fields and symbolizes the light of knowledge. Plus, take a look at the river valley in the fall—it's all green and gold!

Show Your Green & Gold Spirit!

Get ready with decorations, fashion tips, activities and more. Share your best green and gold looks to social media and be sure to tag us @UAlberta.

Decorating Contest

Decorating Contest

Adorn your workspace with green and gold decorations and submit a photo using our online form to be entered for a chance to win a Green & Gold Days prize pack!

Green and Gold Days Tour

Campus Tours

Take a (physically distanced) walk around North Campus with a map to guide points of interest. Tour Main Campus (PDF) or Tour Augustana Campus (PDF)

Green and Gold Swag Contest

Wear your best green or gold and share a photo of you wearing your gear to be entered to win a Green and Gold Day prize pack!

Check the University of Alberta Bookstore website to pick up new U of A swag and learn about their Hoodie Sale.

Green and Gold Trivia Challenge

So you know what the university’s motto, “Quaecumque vera” means… but do you know whether Arts alumnus Todd Cherniawsky worked on Avatar, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or Jurassic World as production designer and art director? Test your knowledge with the green and gold trivia challenge for a chance to win Green & Gold Days prizes.