Gone to Texas

Texas-size welcome for new students marks start of academic year

Tue, August 24, 2010 | The University's Main Mall, South of the Tower

8:30 PM

New students entering the fall semester at The University of Texas at Austin will be welcomed in grand style during the traditional Gone to Texas celebration at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24 on the university's Main Mall.

The annual program on the evening before classes start on Aug. 25 highlights what it means to be a Longhorn and the academic mission of the university. It will include special guest speakers, live performances and a finale featuring the Longhorn Band. The university's schools and colleges also have scheduled programs earlier in the evening to welcome their new students and introduce them to fellow students, faculty and staff.

"Gone to Texas" introduces new students, including incoming freshmen, transfer, graduate and law students, to the traditions of the institution and core purpose, values and honor code of the university.

The theme is based on a chapter in the history of the migration to Texas. More than 200 years ago, as adventurers pulled up stakes seeking a fresh start, three letters etched on homestead doors revealed their destination. "GTT" was written on the doors of people indicating they had "Gone to Texas."

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