EVENT: The University of Texas at Austin will welcome its largest incoming class ever with “Gone To Texas,” a celebration that introduces new Longhorns to the traditions of the institution. The event is presented by the Office of the President and is the official welcome for new students, which include freshmen and transfer students, graduate and law students.
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Main Mall on the south side of the UT Tower.
INTERVIEW OPTIONS: Please contact University Communications to conduct interviews with representatives from the class of 2020 or student government leaders on Monday (Aug. 22) or Tuesday (Aug. 23).
BACKGROUND: “Gone to Texas” is traditionally held during the evening before the first day of fall semester classes. The rite of passage brings the newest members of the Longhorn community together as a group for the first time, kicking off the academic year with a showcase of UT Austin’s culture and traditions.
The event will welcome more than 8,500 new students and guests. It will feature live performances, the official welcome from President Gregory L. Fenves, guest speakers and presentations, and a finale by the Longhorn Band. The UT Tower will be lighted burnt orange to celebrate the arrival of the newest members of Longhorn Nation.
“Gone to Texas” is one of a series of free events for incoming students during Longhorn Welcome. Longhorn Welcome kicks off with “Mooov-In” on Aug. 19, and the festivities continue through Sept. 4 with dozens of events including “Beat the Heat,” “Horns Up Night” and “Party on the Plaza.”
The celebration wraps up Sept. 4 with a watch party for the first football game of the season as the Longhorns take on the University of Notre Dame.
“Gone to Texas” is a nod to a chapter in Texas history 200 years ago when adventurers across the nation, seeking a fresh start in life, pulled up stakes and headed to Texas. As they left their homesteads, they etched “GTT” on their doorways, revealing that Texas was their destination.