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The Traditions T was established in 2007 as a means to unite the University of Kentucky student body in celebrating what it means to be a Wildcat.

The Traditions T artwork is student-designed and UK students vote each spring semester to determine the winning design. The student who creates the winning design will receive a $500 cash prize and five shirts to give to friends or family (sizes not guaranteed). A new Traditions T will be unveiled each fall for that particular school year.

Important Dates

April 4 – 25       Call for design entries
April 29       Deadline to submit design entries
June 6 - 10       Traditions T Selection Committee determines up to five finalists 
June 13 - 27       Voting open to UK students
August 20       2016-17 Traditions T Unveiling

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a shirt?
All UK students, alumni, and the general public are encouraged to purchase a Traditions T at the UK Bookstore, online, at UK home football games, or at home UK men’s basketball games.

When am I supposed to wear the shirt?
The Traditions T can be worn whenever you’d like, but definitely at all UK athletic team home games. The goal of the Traditions T is to unite the student body at games.

How do I submit a design and what are the requirements?
Requirements for the design of the Traditions T include:

  1. Designs will be accepted from currently enrolled full-time UK undergraduate or graduate students through April 25, 2016. Designs may be submitted by students graduating in 2016.
  2. Bluegrass Community and Technical College students are not eligible to submit designs.
  3. Only one design per student will be accepted.
  4. The shirt design must not feature more than four colors.
  5. The Traditions T will be a short-sleeve royal blue T-shirt.
  6. If you choose to incorporate official UK logos into your design, the Traditions T selection committee reserves the right to approve and/or alter the use of the logos.
  7. Entries may not contain any form of commercialism, political commentary, reference to another university, or inappropriate content.
  8. Designs should be focused on a broad range of appeal to students, alumni, and fans and should be appropriate for wear at a variety of athletic events (i.e. should not focus on just basketball or just football). Designs are encouraged to reinforce the pride and tradition of UK athletics.
  9. Designs can be submitted in .bmp, .eps, .jpg, .gif, or .tif format and should be no larger than 11”wide by 12” tall.
  10. Designs can feature artwork for the front and/or back of the Traditions T.
  11. The winning designer will be notified in summer 2016.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the Traditions T?
Jill Smith, Associate Director of the UK Alumni Association, at or 859-257-8906.