The Inaugural Baylor Traditions Ornaments
Baylor Bear Ornament Baylor Seal - Star Ornament

Thank you for your interest in the Baylor Traditions Ornaments. The two inaugural designs for 2016 are currently unavailable.

A new ornament will be offered for Christmas 2017, along with the Baylor seal design, available exclusively with your gift to Baylor University. Please return to this site for further details.

At the close of each Christmas season, our president designates a fund to receive the proceeds and use them to serve students. Your gift will ensure the Baylor experience is filled with rich traditions, like those the Baylor Traditions Ornaments symbolize, for generations to come.

Bear Ornament
The Baylor Bear Mascot

On December 14, 1914, Baylor’s student body voted to have a bear represent the University as its mascot. Since then, more than 50 North American Black Bears have called Baylor home.

Baylor welcomed its first live mascot in the fall of 1917, when the 107th Engineer Battalion from Fort MacArthur donated a bear named Bruin. In 1974, the mascots began to be called Judge followed by a surname, in honor of the mascot that served Baylor from 1961 to 1971. Today, the bears Judge Sue Sloan (Lady) and Judge Joy Reynolds (Joy) keep the tradition alive from their campus home in the state-of-the-art Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat.

Size:2.5in diameter
Material:Brass plated with nickel and 24k gold
Baylor Seal Ornament
The Baylor Seal

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the state's oldest, continuously operating institution of higher learning. Established to be a servant of the church and of society, Baylor seeks to fulfill its calling through excellence in teaching and research, in scholarship and publication, and in service to the community, both local and global.

The vision of Baylor’s founders and the ongoing commitment of generations of students and scholars is reflected in the motto inscribed on the Baylor seal: Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana, “For Church, For Texas.” This motto was adopted in 1851 under the leadership of Baylor’s second president, Rufus Burleson. Our motto is a celebrated declaration of who we are today and who we will be in the future.

Size:3in diameter
Material:Brass plated with nickel and 24k gold