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MEDIA ADVISORY: UT Austin Welcomes New Students with Gone to Texas

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EVENT: The University of Texas at Austin will welcome around 8,000 new first-year students, as well as transfer, graduate and law students at Gone To Texas. The celebration introduces new Longhorns to university life and culture.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 8:30-9 p.m.

WHERE: Main Mall on the south side of the UT Tower

INTERVIEW OPTIONS: Media should plan on arriving early or staying late to seek interviews with incoming students.

MEDIA PARKING: Limited parking is available. Call Ellie Breed, 512-471-3151, for more information.

BACKGROUND: Gone to Texas is traditionally held the evening before the first day of fall semester classes, bringing the newest members of the Longhorn community together as a group for the first time.

The event features 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 signature events during Longhorn Welcome. The series kicked off with Mooov-In and continues through the first two weeks of classes.

Gone to Texas is a nod to Texas history when adventurers headed to Texas seeking a fresh start. As they left their homesteads, they etched “GTT” on their doorways, revealing that Texas was their destination.

For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512-471-3151.