Alumni Plaza

The Alumni Plaza, constructed and dedicated in the fall of 2018, is space dedicated to honoring the legacy of the school and the impact of its alumni, who “Stand Tall” and are “Ready,” “Fearless” and “Strong.” The plaza is a rallying point for past, current and future Bruins.

alumni plaza

Located between the Ross Center and Stoffer Family Stadium, the 3,400-square-foot plaza features a 10-foot-tall, 800-pound bronze bear statue created by Ryan Wilhite, son of alumni Steve and Nancy Wilhite.

Fun Facts:

  • The female bear gazes to her right, which symbolizes the place of honor for future graduates. The bear is a legendary icon that acts as a beacon of unity for all Bruins for generations to come.
  • The plaza features an engraved quote by former university president Levi Pennington: “It is the aim of the college to help its students to live a life, rather than make a living; to give to the world rather than to get; to serve rather than be served.”
  • Its location is strategic, as the plaza bookends the beginning and end of the undergraduate student experience because of its proximity to Welcome Weekend and commencement events, as well as football games.
  • It is located between the two venues alumni visit most often – Bauman Auditorium for performing arts and Stoffer Family Stadium for athletic events.