Baylor University celebrated its 86th annual Dia Del Oso or "The Day of the Bear" on Tuesday.
Since 1932, Baylor has given its students a break from classes on April 4 in an effort to "bring smiles" to their faces.
The University holiday has changed names four times. It was originally called "All University Day," later becoming "Physical Fitness Day," then "May Day" and finally "Dia Del Oso" -- or "Diadeloso."
"I really think it's just Baylor's drive to celebrate its students and give back to them," the event chair Elizabeth Sherman said. "Give them some time off before finals and really just celebrate spring."
Tuesday's celebration included concerts, food and athletic activities for students. In a special treat, Head Football Coach Matt Rhule opened practice to students.
Baylor students have roughly four weeks of classes left before finals.