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Party like it's 1961

University Day pep rally, May 10, 1961. North Texas State College became North Texas State University on May 8, 1962.University Day is the day to celebrate UNT - it's history, tradition, diversity, longevity and the value that the university brings to the North Texas region. 

The celebration, which marks the legislatively approved change from North Texas State College to North Texas State University, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12 at the Willis Library mall. 

The tradition began more than 50 years ago after Gov. Price Daniel signed the name change bill into law. On May 8, 1961, the new name was official, and on May 10, students were dismissed from class so they could attend a pep rally to celebrate the change. Above, the celebratory pep rally, courtesy of The Yucca yearbook and UNT Libraries' Portal to Texas History.

We became the University of North Texas in 1988.

The 2013 University Day event begins at 11 a.m. with the International Native Dress and Flag Parade, photo below, which winds through campus from Sycamore Hall through the University Union to the Library Mall. International students, student athletes and representatives from student organizations will carry flags from their native countries, teams and organizations.

University Day 2013The ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. on the mall with welcoming remarks from President V. Lane Rawlins. Denton Mayor Pro Temp Pete Kamp will read the document that proclaimed the campus as a university.

Provost Warren Burggren also will unveil a new historical building sign for the Hurley Administration Building. There are 10 other historical marker-style signs which identify significant building locations and their history.

Scrappy, the pep band, cheerleaders, dance team and Talons will entertain the crowd.

And UNT community members will get a free meal – so long as they bring their UNT ID.

“It’s a great time for the community to get together and celebrate our success,” said Christa Coffey, director of Student Activities.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Dining Services, Auxiliary Services, University Union, University Program Council, Student Activities and Student Government Association.

Below, students join Scrappy in last year's flag parade for University Day. Photo by Gary Payne/URCM.)

University Day Students with Scrappy


Posted on: Thu 04 April 2013

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