Thursday, February 2, 2023
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

By Tawny Turner

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV will host its traditional spring Homecoming events, Feb. 6-11, to unite the community via Vaquero pride and spirit. 

All events aside from basketball games, are free for students, staff and their families. Students are encouraged to bring their student ID to get things like free food and UTRGV swag. 

Cristina Rodriguez, assistant director of Student Activities, said Homecoming events are intended to extend beyond students and faculty and are for the Valley community, as well. 

“We encourage this to be a family event,” she said. “It’s not just for students and faculty, but also for our alumni, families and the community. We want everyone to participate in UTRGV’s Homecoming week traditions.”



(Campus maps: Brownsville and Edinburg.)


Feb. 3

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Brownsville and Edinburg Student Unions

Window Painting Contest – All student organizations that register are assigned their own window to decorate with Vaquero Pride and showcase UTRGV spirit. The three winners will get a catered party at the Student Union game room for their whole student organization. 


Feb. 7

12-3 p.m., BSTUN Lawn

Involvement Fair & Homecoming Parade (Brownsville) - Provides opportunities for students to meet other students with similar interests and get involved with on-campus organizations. Will run concurrently with homecoming parade. 


Feb. 8

12-1:30 p.m., Chapel Lawn

Involvement Fair (Edinburg)


Feb. 8 

5:30-8 p.m., Lucena House 

Charro Days Mixer (Brownsville) – A chance for all UTRGV alumni to get together and catch up and recount their days at UTRGV.


Feb. 9

4 p.m., Chapel Lawn

Homecoming Parade (Edinburg)


Feb. 9 

6:30-8:30 p.m., Fieldhouse

UTRGV Men’s Basketball vs UT Arlington (Edinburg) – Following the Parade and Burning of the Letters, keep the UTRGV spirit going by supporting the Vaqueros, playing at home against UT Arlington. All basketball tickets can be purchased here.


Feb. 9 

8:45 p.m., Fieldhouse

Burning of the Letters (Edinburg) – Students, staff, family, alumni, student organizations and university departments gather to soak up some UTRGV spirit and experience the impressive, moving burning of the letters. (Attendees should keep an eye out for potential changes in events and times on this day, in the event of high winds.)


Feb. 11

8:30 a.m., UTRGV Harlingen Collegiate High School

DYE Hard Orange 5K (Harlingen) – Join fellow Vaqueros at this color fun run/walk to promote wellness and, of course, enjoy UTRGV spirit, pride and tradition.


Feb. 11 

4-8:30 p.m., Fieldhouse

2023 Homecoming Royals (Edinburg) – The crowing of the 2023 Homecoming Royal Court takes place at 4 p.m. during the Women’s Basketball game. A reannouncement will be done at the Men’s Basketball game at 6:30 p.m. 


Feb. 11  

4-8:30 p.m., Fieldhouse

Doubleheader Basketball Games (Edinburg) – It’s a two-for-one deal. With a single ticket, fans get to watch the Men’s Basketball team take on Stephen F. Austin and the Women’s Basketball team battling Abilene Christian. Faculty and staff get five free tickets.


For more information on events and to stay up-to-date, visit the Homecoming page or contact Rodriguez at


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.