New Blaze mascot costume coming in 2023

KCC mascot Blaze flexes in front of an American flag made of baseballs at C.O. Brown Stadium.

It’s hard to believe it, but the current incarnation of Kellogg Community College’s Bruin mascot Blaze turned 25 this September!

The Blaze costume was introduced to students at the fall “Bruin Bash” welcome-back event for students on Sept. 10, 1997.

After a quarter century of service to the College, Blaze will go into hibernation this December to emerge a brand-new bear in 2023.

Stay tuned for details about the new and improved Blaze!

This article first appeared in the December 2022 Annual Report edition of BruIN magazine. To read the issue online visit