COLUMBIA — Gold and black were in high fashion at MU Friday in honor of the seventh annual nationwide College Colors Day.
Students and alumni from universities around the country were encouraged to wear their team’s colors to raise awareness about the importance of higher education.
The date of the holiday corresponds each year with the Friday before Labor Day weekend and the kickoff of college sports.
*The MU Licensing and Trademark Office, who coordinated the event with the MU Alumni Association, offered free Tiger Stripe ice cream at Tiger Plaza to celebrate the day.
MU cheerleaders Marnie Matthews, Lauren Walker, David Jackson and Jenny Sanchez handed out ice cream to students. Truman the Tiger had his picture taken with some of the hundreds of MU students waiting in line for a “Beat Miami” shirt.
“I wanted to get a T-shirt for my dad for Christmas, so I waited an hour and a half in line,” MU student Amy Schutte said. “I’ve lived in Columbia all my life, so Mizzou has always been apart of my life."
Columbia College students donned navy blue and silver for their version of College Colors Day. Students were encouraged to show up for a picture on the steps of St. Clair Hall. About 150 students turned out, spokeswoman Brandi Herrman said.
“I help out with volleyball, and we came out with the team for the picture,” Courtney Lauer-Myers said. “Our colors show who we are and carry traditions."
This year, students at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School were invited to join the picture in their school colors, which are blue and silver. Tolton students are studying at Columbia College until construction of their high school is finished.