John Warner Smith is the second University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate in a row designated Louisiana Poet Laureate.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun fans don’t have to wait until football season kicks off to display University spirit.
They’ll get their chance a day early during College Colors Day on Friday, Aug. 31.
The annual event is celebrated by many of the nation’s colleges and universities to drum up excitement. Supporters are urged to wear school colors and apparel. This year’s theme is “Unleash Your Colors.”
Leslie Saloom, UL Lafayette’s associate director of Trademark Licensing, said College Colors Day also provides a reminder to participate in the University’s Wear Red campaign.
University supporters, students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to wear Ragin’ Cajuns apparel and dress in vermilion and white throughout the year.
“College Colors Day happens once a year. But the Wear Red Campaign celebrates Ragin’ Cajuns pride year round. It is also a tradition to wear red every Friday – on campus, in the community and among fans who live elsewhere,” Saloom said.
Displays of school spirit will continue at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Cajun Field. The Ragin’ Cajuns will square off against the Grambling State University Tigers in the Herbert Heymann Football Classic.
The game will mark Billy Napier’s debut as head coach.
College Colors Day is sponsored by IMG College Licensing, which represents trademark licensing programs at more than 150 colleges and universities, including UL Lafayette.
As part of College Colors Day, fans can vie for gear by sharing photos on social media using the #CollegeColorsDay hashtag.
By visiting CollegeColorsDay.com, they can also participate in contests that offer chances to win prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to college football’s national championship game. It will be played Monday, Jan. 7, in Santa Clara, Calif.