Alma Mater

Alma Mater

The music for the UT Dallas Alma Mater was created by internationally recognized composer Robert Rodriguez. Its lyrics were created by Bill Dunn and Neely Reynolds.

Lyrics

UT Dallas orange and green
Founders' visionary dream
To inflame the scholar's heart
Lighting pathways through the dark
Reaching out from earth to space
Serving all the human race
Joined as one in unity
Alma Mater UTD

Ceremonial Mace

Ceremonial Mace

The ceremonial mace is carried at the head of processions during various events. It was handcrafted with wood from the 600-year-old Treaty Oak tree in Austin. The mace includes a University seal surrounding a wafer embedded with Texas Instruments microchips, which represent TI's role in the founding of the University. A steel band in the headpiece and the metal foot of the staff are fashioned from a scientific instrument designed by the UT Dallas Space Sciences Institute and were flown aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1995.

Family Day

Family Day

Family Day celebrates the special connection between students and their families. Held annually each fall, activities include meet-and-greets with faculty and staff, a picnic, a sporting event, games and campus tours.

Fight Song

Fight Song

The fight song follows the musical arrangement of “Tiger Rag,” the first known recorded jazz ballad, which was produced in 1917 by the New Orleans group Original Dixieland Jass Band.

Lyrics

C-O-M-E-T-S! GO!
Green, Orange, White!
Comets GO!
Strong of will, we fight for right!
Let’s all show our comet might!
C-O-M-E-T-S! GO!
Green, Orange, White!
Comets GO!
(chorus)
Fight’em Comets! Burn’em Comets!
Crush’em Comets! Fight’em Comets!
Burn’em Comets! Crush’em Comets!
C-O-M-E-T-S!
(repeat chorus)
Whoosh!

Homecoming

Homecoming

Held in the fall, Homecoming activities include a parade, pep rally, tailgate party, dance, casino night, and alumni events. The celebration culminates with an athletic event.

iWeek

International Week

Held annually in early April, International Week celebrates the University’s diversity. Students can participate in cultural activities, take part in an international talent show and sample global foods.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

An annual tradition that includes a complimentary lunch and music, UT Dallas' Juneteenth celebration commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.

Legacy Lane

Legacy Lane

Legacy Lane is a tree-lined path that stretches along the creek behind the McDermott Library. It is made up of personalized, engraved pavestones organized by class year.

MLK Breakfast

Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast takes place annually each January and is organized by the Multicultural Center.

Oozeball

Oozeball

Oozeball is an annual mud volleyball tournament organized by Student Ambassadors. Begun at UT Dallas in 2002, oozeball teams are made up of six-to-ten players. The oozeball courts are located south of the Naveen Jindal School of Management, on the field between University Parkway and Armstrong.

Ring Ceremony

Ring Ceremony

During the ring ceremony, students dunk their class rings into the circular pool under the trellis. Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the ceremony, which is held each spring and fall.

Cecil Green Bust

Rubbing Cecil Green's Head for Luck

Many students rub the sculpture of UT Dallas founder Cecil H. Green's head for good luck during finals week. Green, along with Eugene McDermott and Erik Jonsson, founded the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, which became UT Dallas in 1969. Green’s effigy is located outside Cecil H. Green Hall.

UTDallas Colors

School Colors

The official University colors are orange and green. The orange represents UT System and is derived from the burnt orange of UT Austin. The green stems from the olive and oak branches that are featured in the University's official seal.

Senior Week

Senior Week

Senior Week includes a full-scale carnival, a ring ceremony and special photo opportunities with the University’s mascot, Temoc. Senior Week takes place in May and December.

Springapalooza

Springapalooza

Held annually the week after spring break, Springapalooza includes comedy night, a paint splatter dance party, and more.

Temoc

Temoc

Temoc, a blue-skinned comet-in-human-form, is the official mascot of UT Dallas. Temoc was designed in 1998 by then-student Aaron Aryanpur and was officially adopted as the University's mascot in April of that year.

Weeks of Welcome

Weeks of Welcome

Weeks of Welcome is a series of events and activities held annually each fall that celebrates the arrival of new students and the return of continuing students.

The Whoosh

Whoosh

Invented in the early 1990s, the Whoosh is a way for students to show campus unity. The salute is named the Whoosh because it's the sound a comet would make if there was sound in space.