Whether you are an alum, current student, fan or friend of the University of Kentucky, Wildcat Pride seems to be the common denominator that unites us all. Although this pride is something we all have in common, it means something different to everyone. In an effort to define this quality, we asked a few alums and current students to give us their definition of Wildcat Pride. Enjoy their responses, below!
We’d love to hear from you too. What does Wildcat Pride mean to you? Feel free to leave us a comment with your definition.
“At the University of Kentucky, Wildcat Pride extends beyond the classroom, beyond the realm of competitive sports, beyond the borders of the Commonwealth and reaching all across the globe. Wildcat Pride is an ideal that is instilled in everyone, not just students and alumni, who believes in the spirit of the university. ‘Pride’ by definition is a form of satisfaction, but ‘Wildcat Pride’ is never being satisfied and constantly excelling. Wildcat Pride is a responsibility to represent the spirit of the university and its mission till your last breath.” Stephen Bilas, Class of 2013
“Wildcat Pride is a sense of love for UK. I call this place my home and know that this is where I belong. I’m proud to attend UK and it will always hold a special place in my heart even after I walk across the stage in May. I will always bleed BLUE!” Jennifer Cox, Class of 2012
“As a young person in the 1960s planning to enter the University of Kentucky, I often took note of those UK graduates in my hometown of Maysville and how proud they seemed to be of their university. Since then, I have had that same opportunity to experience that Wildcat Pride feeling for many years. It is a true sense of feeling good about our university and what it means to so many people throughout the Commonwealth, whether students, alumni or friends of the university. We are all truly blessed to be associated with the University of Kentucky, and our Wildcat Pride should be a source of all that is good about our university and our Commonwealth. Go Cats! Go UK!” Franklin Farris ’72 BE
“As a Wildcat I am proud of my degree, the education I received at UK, and the opportunities that my four years in school have provided. Wildcat Pride is being proud of who we are and everything that campus entails. From raising $850,000 for children with cancer to having the best athletic teams in the nation, I have pride in all that our students do. My pride in this institution will extend long beyond these four years in college especially as I see how support for the Big Blue Nation extends beyond the Commonwealth.” Micah Fielden, Class of 2012
“For me Wildcat Pride is both a feeling and a life goal to be reached daily. Wildcat Pride is the desire to show support for and appreciation of all things UK — academic, athletic, cultural, and philanthropic. Wildcat Pride is honoring the traditions of those who came before us, supporting the efforts of the administrators, students, and employees who are currently on campus, and being loyal, active, involved alumni by providing for those who will come after us. For me, the avenue to engaged involvement and demonstration of Wildcat Pride is the University of Kentucky Alumni Association!” Cammie Deshields Grant ’79 ED, President of the UK Alumni Association
“To me, Wildcat Pride is more than just possessing school spirit and esteem for your university. Wildcat Pride is seeing blue in everything you do, be it cheering on the Cats or studying for that last final exam on the fifth floor of Willy T. Wildcat Pride is knowing that no matter where your life may lead you, you will always be a part of the Big Blue Nation.” Nikki Hurt, Class of 2012
“When someone asks, ‘Where is your home?’ I always say, ‘I live in Chicago, but my HOME is Kentucky.’ There is never any question as to where my allegiances lie — I carry Kentucky pride wherever I go. The wonderful thing about being involved with the Alumni Association is that I hear all of the positive changes that are happening at the University of Kentucky. I am proud that the University of Kentucky opens doors for Kentuckians and others and allows them to improve their lives and community with education.” Diane Massie ’79 CIS
“Wildcat Pride means having had the opportunity to obtain an excellent education which has enabled me to have a measure of success in life and give back to UK first of all myself and then other resources that can be utilized to benefit UK. Wildcat Pride is taking pride in not only the educational programs, but the school athletic programs, showing our Big Blue to the world.” Bob Pickard ’57 ’61 EN
“As a current student at the University of Kentucky, diehard Wildcat fan, and descendent of a long line of UK graduates, I have an exceptional grasp on what it means to truly experience ‘Wildcat Pride.’ Being a fan of UK is not just rooted in the tremendous success of our athletic programs, but, instead, in the incredible impact that our university has in the lives of so many students, throughout the Lexington community, and all over the globe. The University of Kentucky has given me so many opportunities and chances to grow intellectually, socially, and personally, through experiences like undergraduate research, education abroad, and involvement in a wide array of meaningful student organizations. I’ve received a world-class education at the University of Kentucky, and there is not a place I would have rather spent my college years. I know my connection to UK and ‘Wildcat Pride’ will only grow stronger when I graduate, and I look forward to spreading my love and passion for the Big Blue Nation across the globe. Go Cats!” Mary Ellen Wimberly, Class of 2013