University Events at The University of Texas at Arlington collaborates with departments and organizations to produce major campus events that engage students, staff and faculty, and strengthen students’ ties to the university and the community.
Annual events include:
Following the Fall Convocation, all students are invited to join the MavsMeet AfterParty, which includes a wide variety of free activities, games, live music, and plenty of free food. This event is held annually on the evening before the first day of fall classes.
Maverick Speakers Series
Maverick Speakers Series provides a dynamic forum for today’s brightest minds to examine the people, ideas, actions, and solutions that impact the world around us. Featuring some of the leading voices of our time, the series includes more than just speeches on current events or timely issues but also thought-provoking conversations led by renowned innovators who make change happen.
Because such important discussions need a variety of perspectives, the Maverick Speakers Series invites opinions from all sides, with topics as diverse as the people who present them. And because unrestricted access to such exchanges encourages insight and enrichment beyond the UT Arlington campus, all lectures are free and open to everyone. The first three seasons attracted thousands of guests from throughout North Texas. Featured speakers have included Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sally Ride, David Gergen, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Cal Ripken, Jr., and many others.
The Maverick Speakers Series is about making a difference, one big idea at a time. That’s what Mavericks do.
The annual Concert has become a campus tradition since its inception in 2006. The program brings nationally-acclaimed, musical performers to the campus at an affordable student ticket price. Past performers have included Ludacris, Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, Maroon 5, B.o.B, and Drake.
Homecoming, held annually in February, brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni together for events throughout the week including The Bash, Homecoming Parade, a step show and Maverick Swap. The UT Arlington basketball game rounds out this amazing week of events! See the UTA magazine photo stream here.
The Big Event
The Big Event is UT Arlington’s annual day of community service that works to actively engage, educate, and mobilize volunteers throughout the Arlington community. The event brings the campus together in an effort to show gratitude to those who help others. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts, as well as local residents, including those that provide services to children, senior citizens, and low income families, or those that promote quality of life. All UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and community members can sign up to serve at The Big Event.
Join us for this new campus tradition, as we have combined two of our biggest and best events ever to create one gigantic block party and concert! The Block Party will include carnival style treats, games, and activities galore. The Block Party concert is proud to present a headlining band and the winner of the UT Arlington Battle for the Block competition.
Graduation Celebration is an annual event featuring a keynote speaker, graduating class speaker, and fireworks held during May commencement weekend in celebration of UT Arlington's May, August and December graduating class. The event is free and open to everyone. Past speakers have included John Legend, James Franco, and William McKenzie, Pulitzer prize-winning editorial columnist for The Dallas Morning News. See the UTA magazine photo stream here.
UT Arlington participates annually in Arlington’s 4th of July parade and Holiday Lights Parade in December. University Events assists with creating the floats and recruiting parade participants.
Every spring, the International Student Organization plans the popular International Week, which includes a parade, food fair, fashion show, and more.