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125 Years of Spiders

Founded in 1830. Spiders since 1894.

In 1894, a heckling fan in search of a metaphor supposedly yelled something about spiders at some Richmond College baseball players. Reporters repeated the nickname, and it stuck.

We don’t know who this heckler was, but we are grateful for what he did. His impromptu cry launched our unique identity as Richmond Spiders.

125 years later, Spiders now number in the tens of thousands, and the University of Richmond is unlike any other institution in higher education.

Imagination, ambition, and determination thrive within us. Leadership and purpose fuel us. Excellence defines us.

Join us as we mark this anniversary year by celebrating Spiders everywhere.

Once a Spider, always a Spider.

Spider History

Spider 125 Events

It’s a big year for the Spiders — and we have a full schedule of events to commemorate this momentous anniversary.

November 2–4

Join generations of fellow Spiders for a weekend packed with celebrations showcasing Spider pride.

Read more about Homecoming.

March 14

Highlight your arachnophoria by wearing your Richmond colors and Spider gear, and check out some unique events on campus.

Read more about Spider Day.

May 31–June 2

Save the date for this opportunity to catch up with old friends and classmates. (For Spiders who graduated in a year ending in a 4 or 9.)

Read more about Reunion.

Regional Presidential Receptions

Can’t make it to campus to celebrate? Richmond’s 10th President, Ronald A. Crutcher, invites alumni and current parents to attend a regional Presidential Reception. These events are planned throughout the school year in cities across the nation and abroad.

Schedule of Events

Celebrating Spiders

Spiders are known for their drive and ambition. See the many ways Spiders have made history and how more are paving the way toward new breakthroughs and achievements.

An Encyclopedia of Spider Conversation Starters hard cover

Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the stellar accomplishments from just a few of our notable Spiders.

Visit University of Richmond Magazine
Spider Pride pennant logo

Celebrate what makes our community so special with stories from current students, recent graduates, faculty, and the Richmond campus at large.

Visit Spider Pride
University of Richmond Autumn 2018 magazine cover

Read how Barry Greene, R’72, Richmond’s first African American residential student, paved the way toward a more inclusive University.

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More Milestones

The 125th year of the Spider isn’t the only anniversary we’re recognizing! See why there’s so much to celebrate with these notable dates in the University’s history.

2008 Spider football team celebrating championship game victory
Football National Championship
Read about the football national championship.
Three female students walking across campus
WILL* Program
Read about the WILL* program.
Barry Greene sitting with classmates
First African-American Residential Student
Read about Barry Greene.
E. Claiborne Robins Sr.
Announcement of the Robins Gift
Read about the Robins gift.
1968 University of Richmond football team
Football Tangerine Bowl Victory
Read about the Tangerine Bowl victory.
Fanny Crenshaw with women's basketball team
Women’s Basketball
Read about the women's basketball program.
Spider 125 on Campus