Dallas Baptist University—where school spirit lives.


DBU’s annual welcome week for new students is affectionately known as SWAT Week, which stands for Student Welcome And Transition Week. The entire DBU family gathers together to welcome new Patriots and teach them all they need to know about life on University Hill.

Welcome Week

The first week of school kick off with new classes and special events around campus hosted by Student Life, including a special concert for the whole DBU family to enjoy.

Red Rally

Students gather in the Burg for a chance to meet their Patriot Athletic teams, as well as showcase their talents as Greek organizations performs cheers and dances for the crowd.

The Great Pumpkin Chase

Held each fall on Halloween, the Great Pumpkin Chase takes place with DBU students dressed in various costumes, running across the campus in search of prized pumpkins.


The week of Homecoming is the most action packed week of the year. The entire DBU family has the opportunity to reconnect at various receptions and luncheons throughout the week. Students kick the week off with a special Homecoming chapel and the presentation of the Homecoming Court. The Homecoming Banquet is the main event on Friday, followed by game day on Saturday.

Mr. Big Chief

Mr. Big Chief is a time-honored DBU tradition where male students compete for the coveted title of “Mr. Big Chief” during the annual Homecoming week. Creativity and humor are a must as the contestants display their talents through a series of theatrical performances.

Homecoming Tailgate Party & Game

The Tailgate Party is right before the game and is filled with carnival games, food, live music, and a radio announcer to highlight Patriot Sports. Everyone is then ushered down to the Burg Center to cheer the Patriot Basketball Team to victory! At halftime, the Homecoming Court is introduced and the winners are crowned. The week of Homecoming comes to a close off campus with the Bonfire Bash where students dance the night away.

Ringing of the Liberty Bell

Inside the Mahler Student Center is one of only 200 replicas made of the original Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania. After students enroll at DBU, one of the first traditions they experience is the privilege of proudly ringing the bell, marking the beginning of their journey at DBU.

Spring Sing

Get your talent on—and show us your stuff in the zaniest, most entertaining student-sponsored music and dance festival ever.

DBU Cross Ring

The official DBU Cross Ring displays the cross of Christ on its center, reflecting the University mission of providing a Christ-centered education. The Cross Ring symbolizes various elements surrounding the Lord’s calling on a student’s life, the mission statement of the University, and other experiences at DBU. Students receive their DBU Cross Ring at a Ring Commissioning Ceremony just prior to commencement services.


The Candlelighting service represents a culmination of a student’s time at DBU. It is a joyous and meaningful time for graduates and their families to reflect back on their time at DBU. The service consists of praise and worship, a few testimonies from graduating students, and a time of reflection.