Rocky Mascot

Rocky Photo with Students

Rocky the Bull is USF's official mascot. Learn about his history here! 

The USF St. Petersburg campus got its own mascot suit in 2023 and we are so excited to build USF school spirit and traditions with Rocky. 

If you are interested in trying out to be a USF St. Petersburg campus Rocky, please email Abigail Bradley-Tyler at awbradley@usf.edu.

We are hiring students who want to serve as Rocky or Rocky's Assistant! Learn more and apply here.

rocky appearances information

Thank you for your support of the Rocky Mascot Program at USF St. Petersburg campus. Rocky enjoys making appearances for USF groups, local charities, and schools. These fees directly benefit the Rocky Mascot Program by funding uniforms, cleanings, refurbishments, travel, and other expenses to help Rocky represent USF St. Petersburg campus! If you are ready to fill out the request form, please click HERE. Please note we only attend events located in the St. Petersburg, FL radius. To request the Tampa Rocky, please visit the Spirit Squad website.

If you'd like to find out more information, please continue reading. 


On campus Rocky appearance requests will take priority and all outside appearances will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive an email from the Rocky staff two weeks prior to your event to confirm if we can fulfill the request. If we are able to come to your event, we will need to receive proof payment at least 5 business days prior to the event. 

Please note that a minimum of one hour is required for an appearance. If the hour is not needed, you will still be charged for the full hour. 

Appearance Policies and Requirements

Due to our travel policy, we may not be able to accommodate appearances outside of the greater St. Petersburg area.

Time Restrictions

Rocky will require at least one 10-minute break per hour period. There are no discounts for shorter appearances.

Changing Room Requirements

Rocky will need a secure place to change. This location will need to be somewhere they can leave their personal belongings during the appearance. While changing, they cannot be visible to the public. The changing space may not be a bathroom.

Parking Accommodations

Reasonable parking for Rocky attending your event must be provided. Parking must be free for Rocky.

Photos and Branding Policy

All photos taken of Rocky at events are for private and personal use only. No photos may be taken for promotional purposes or with business signage for the purpose of promoting the event or business in the future. All requests for promotional photos must be submitted to USF Marketing Athletics

Cancellation Policy

IF YOU CANCEL- If you cancel your appearance request after submitting your information, we will do our best to accommodate. If you cancel within 48 hours of the event, you will not receive a refund of your payment. If you cancel more than 48 hours in advance, we will refund you at no cost. 

IF WE CANCEL- In the rare case that we become unable to fulfill a request that has been confirmed, we will refund your appearance fee completely and notify you as soon as we are aware of the change. Please understand that on USF events take priority.


  • Corporate events, weddings, and private events:
    • $300 per hour, 2 hour maximum
  • USF St. Petersburg campus Departments and Non-Profit organizations
    • $50 per hour
  • USF St. Petersburg campus student organizations (must be active in BullsConnect and be housed on the St. Petersburg campus)
    • $15 per hour, 2 hour maximum


Appearance Request Process

Requests cannot be accepted or reviewed more than four months in advance from the date of the event. Requests and appearance details, including parking and changing information, must be made at least two weeks prior to the date of the event. The availability of student schedules may cause a delay in confirmation.

Request and Confirmation Process

  1. Fill out the Rocky Mascot Request Form HERE. 
  2. Once complete, you will see a page notifying you that your request has been successfully submitted and is being reviewed.

  3. Confirmation of your appearance request will usually be determined two weeks prior to your event. If your appearance can be covered, you will receive an appearance confirmation email with appearance details confirming your appearance will be covered. An invoice will be attached to the confirmation email.

  4. Once you receive the confirmation email and the invoice, we will need to receive a proof of payment at least 5 business days prior to the event.

  5. If your appearance cannot be covered, you will be notified via email. We regret that we are unable to fulfill every request. Please review the information above regarding scheduling and appearance requirements. If information is not properly provided in your initial request, you may receive an Appearance Update email requesting additional information about your event.

Please direct all questions or comments to:

Abigail Bradley-Tyler, awbradley@usf.edu