Mike the Tiger Mascot Reveals Secret Identity

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PhotoGabe Muniz, 2019 Spring Commencement

May 24, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Graduates, faculty, and visitors at the 2019 Spring Commencement for the E. J. Ourso College of Business were delighted to discover the identity of one of our beloved Mike the Tiger mascots. Gabe Muniz (Finance, 2019) of Marietta, Georgia wore portions of the mascot suit to graduation to celebrate his time as a student and as the “baddest cat in the land.”

“This was an experience of a life time,” said Muniz, “and the opportunity I had to be the face of the school was something I'll never forget.” Being behind the stage at game-day and being able to travel to sporting events was special to Muniz because of the people he was able to impact. “All the little kids, veterans, service members, security guards, athletes.... the list goes on. I was able to interact with ALL of them and make someone happy. And the best part was I didn't have to get any credit for it. Because it was Mike, not me, doing all the work.”

What about special moments? “There are quite a few as you could imagine. Probably the most memorable was Victory Hill for the Georgia game. I've never experienced anything like that in my entire life. Feeling the energy of the crowd and running down with the flag. It was just spectacular. The list goes on and on and on of all the amazing small things I did as Mike, but probably the most memorable moments came from all the kids that I was able to make smile and laugh. Being able to be the face of LSU and a walking icon of the school. The countless times someone told me that this was their first sporting event made it special. That is why we do it. We get enjoyment from all of it, but that is the most important and most rewarding part of the job.”

Muniz will be trading his tiger mascot suit for a business suit, moving to Houston to start work at KPMG Houston as a Business Valuation Associate. He takes with him memories of so many smiles from the greatest fans in the world. “In the end, that's what made it worth it. I am thankful to have had the opportunity. I will miss it so much.”

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Brian Andrews
E. J. Ourso College of Business