University-Wide Events

Life on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin is marked with numerous academic ceremonies, official occasions and community programs that are an integral fabric of the institution. These University-Wide Events are held annually to bring our vast and diverse community together.

Gone to Texas

Aug. 27, 2019
8:30 p.m., Main Mall

Join President Gregory Fenves, along with other new students, for Gone to Texas, the University’s official welcome to your new home.  Gone to Texas is a powerful rite of passage held on the Main Mall in front of the UT Tower, the site of your future graduation.  Not to be missed, this unique celebration is a rich tradition for all new students to assemble together and formally mark your arrival as the newest members of The University of Texas community. 

State of the University

Sept. 18, 2019
3 p.m., B. Iden Payne Theatre

President’s State of the University Address

Longhorn Halloween

Oct. 27, 2019
2-5 p.m., Erwin Center

A safe place for UT’s children and families to enjoy Halloween.

Songs of the Season

Dec. 6, 2019
Noon, Main Mall

Holiday caroling and hot chocolate.

Fall Commencement

Dec. 7, 2019
Various campus locations

Orange Santa

Dec. 7-9, 2019

Holiday donation program.

Explore UT

March 7, 2020
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Campus-wide

Discover what’s next: Texans of all ages are invited to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and participate in the richness of the university’s scholarship and knowledge.

Honors Day

April 6, 2019
2 p.m. Erwin Center

71st annual academic awards convocation honoring student achievements.

UT Remembers

May 10, 2019
8:45 a.m., flag-lowering ceremony, Main Mall
2 p.m., memorial service, Tower Garden

Day of remembrance honoring students, faculty and staff who died during the past year.

136th Spring Commencement

May 24-25, 2019
Various times and venues

Celebrate the achievements of The University of Texas at Austin’s graduating students. College and school convocations and university-wide ceremony.