AUSTIN, Texas—UT Remembers, a traditional day of remembrance at The University of Texas at Austin honoring members of the university community who died in the previous year, will be held on the campus on Friday, May 5.
Vice Provost Neal Armstrong, chairman of the UT Cares Committee, which coordinates the annual program sponsored by the Office of the President, said the day of remembrance is a time for the university community to reflect about what these people who died gave to the institution and what they meant to those whose lives they touched.
An 8:45 a.m. ceremony on the university’s Main Mall to lower the flags to half staff will begin the day’s events, which will include the UT Remembers program at 2 p.m. in the Tower Garden north of the Tower and Main Building.
During the program, names of persons being remembered will be read aloud, and the Tower bells will toll in tribute. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be relocated to Hogg Auditorium near the Texas Union.
Families and friends participating in programs during the day will be provided a hospitality room, Texas Union Sinclair Suite 3.128, while they are on campus. An information session on the normal stages of grief, coping with loss and options for remembering will be held in the hospitality room from 10-11 a.m.
The day’s final tribute will be the darkening of the Tower at dusk. As the sun sets, the only areas of the Tower that will be glowing with white light will be the cap and observation deck. All other areas of the Tower will be darkened.
More information about the event is available on the UT Remembers Web site.
UT Remembers was begun in 1998 when the UT Cares Committee developed a program to honor members of the university community—students and current and retired faculty and staff—who died in the prior year. On the last day of the spring semester, families, friends, colleagues and co-workers gather to remember those who died, to reflect upon who they were, what they gave to the institution and what they meant to the people whose lives they touched.
More information is available by contacting Armstrong, UT Cares Committee, 512-232-3305, or Douglas Bolin, Office of Relationship Management and University Events, 512-471-7753.
For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.