New students meet mascot for first time at Vaquero Roundup

  Thursday, August 22, 2019
  Student Life, Community, Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – This week, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomes more than 4,500 entering freshmen during the annual Vaquero Roundup.

The Roundup kicked off on the Brownsville Campus on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with more than 1,000 new students. The event continues on the Edinburg Campus on Friday, Aug. 23, with approximately 3,000 students, who will comprise the Class of 2023. As the university welcomed its newcomers, it also introduced the group to the newest member of the UTRGV family, the Vaquero mascot. The mascot will serve as a university ambassador and entertainer at campus and off-campus community events.

Vaquero Roundup is part of the UTRGV New Student Orientation experience. Both days offer new students a chance to explore the campus, meet faculty and fellow students, and attend a spirited pep rally where the live mascot is making its first official appearances.

First day of school for UTRGV starts Monday, Aug. 26.



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.