Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  Community, Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – To celebrate four years of changing lives and making a difference in the region, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley marked its anniversary with UTRGV Day.

The event, held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, recognized the founding of the university, which officially opened on Aug. 31, 2015. UTRGV Day is celebrated the first Wednesday of the start of every academic year and is part of Best Week Ever. The university kicked off the fall 2019 semester on Monday, Aug. 26.

The celebrations were held at the Ballroom in Edinburg, the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón in Brownsville, and the Harlingen Clinical Education Building.

Students, staff and faculty were treated to free cupcakes, t-shirt giveaways, and a special appearance from the newest member of the UTRGV family, the Vaquero. UTRGV President Guy Bailey, new Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque, and Student Government Association President Ingrid De La Torre welcomed the crowds in Edinburg and Brownsville.

Best Week Ever continues tomorrow with Picnic with the President and International Meet and Greet in Edinburg on Thursday, Aug. 29. The picnic will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 pm. at the Ballroom while the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center and ends at the Ballroom.

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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.