Holidays float UTRGV’s boat for maiden voyage in the SPI Lighted Boat Parade

UTRGV lighted boat parade

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS – DEC. 5, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences in the College of Sciences participated for the first time this year in the South Padre Island Lighted Boat Parade. Aboard the university classroom vessel – the festively decorated UTRGV Ridley – guests on Saturday joined the line of seafaring parade “floats,” waving at the crowds lined up on the shore, enjoying the fireworks display, and wishing everyone a happy holiday season.

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SPI Lighted Boat Parade

Fireworks at the SPI Lighted Boat Parade

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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