UD's unique Groundhog festivities join four other celebrations of the holiday that go "Beyond Punxsutawney" in the History Channel web feature about different Groundhog Day traditions from around the country. Sharing the spotlight with an albino groundhog and a groundhog with not one, but two, honorary doctorates, UD is distinguished as being the only celebration without a real animal.
According to writer Elizabeth Hanes on history.com:
"Fifty years ago, students of the University of Dallas, Texas, chose Groundhog Day as their official school holiday. While they don't have an actual groundhog or make weather predictions, they are known for throwing a swell party. Simply called "Groundhog," the celebratory weekend festival culminates with a party in the aptly named Groundhog Park and features live bands, food and beer. The school's official mascot is the Crusader, but the unofficial Groundhog mascot is arguably more popular. The University of Dallas Groundhog celebration is thought to be the second-largest in the United States, after the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, event. In fact, the festivities aren't limited to the Dallas campus: Alumni take the party on the road by hosting celebrations in their own hometowns."
The entire article is available at history.com, the History Channel website.