Celebrate RB and ACC on Riverbat Day Nov. 18

RB the Riverbat is turning 5 and Austin Community College wants students, faculty, and staff to help its beloved mascot celebrate!

Wednesday, November 18 is Riverbat Day!

On Wednesday, November 18, RB will kick off his collegewide birthday celebration at Riverside Campus, where the day officially will be proclaimed as “ACC Riverbat Day” for the City of Austin.

Guests will have a chance to take their photo with the birthday bat and enjoy party treats.

RB takes flight

Following the brief party at Riverside, RB will cruise around the city in his special ride (courtesy Henna Chevrolet), inviting others to celebrate ACC and higher education. Stops include Allison Elementary school and a few of RB’s ACC campus homes.

Join the fun

The Office of Student Life will spread birthday cheer at all ACC campuses. Look for party pic opportunities, cupcakes, and party favors.

Wear your purple ― share your RB birthday memories

Show your Riverbat pride November 18 by wearing purple or Riverbat gear. Share your photos and well-wishes on social media: #ACCRiverbats.


For the past five years RB has been a tireless ambassador for higher education.

RB at 5: The life of a Riverbat

It’s been a busy five years for our mascot. Here are a few of his accomplishments:

  • Made more than 220 appearances (about 6-10 a month) in front of more than 224,000 fans.
  • Funded two $1,000 scholarships through merchandising revenue.
  • Danced in videos gone viral ― Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake.
  • Participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge and helped ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes and Provost Dr. Charles Cook do the same.
  • Braved temperatures reaching 117 degrees during the Austin Bat Fest in August 2011.
  • Joined a dance-off with other local mascots at the spring 2015 College Signing Day at Huston Tillotson University.
  • Celebrated Juneteenth with ACC’s friends and neighbors in east Austin.
  • Served as a tireless ambassador for education and ACC!

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