In 1924, during an Austin snowstorm, more than half of the student body at the time (4,400) rallied to build a football stadium for UT’s campus. In a just over a week, they raised $100,000, which was then matched by local Austinites and alumni, ultimately resulting in the construction of Memorial Stadium. For the first time in Longhorn history, the Class of 2018 will be donating Class Gifts on behalf of the senior class. The Senior Class Gift will set the tone for the next generation of Longhorns to change the world.
The goal of the Class of 2018’s gift to the University is to leave a lasting improvement on the Forty Acres in honor of the success of the graduating class. The Class Gifts will be determined by the senior class via an emailed survey. The presentation of the Class Gift will take place at spring graduation with student donors that participated with a donation of $20.18 or more being identified with a commemorative Class of 2018 philanthropy pin to wear at graduation.
Many large universities ranging from Oklahoma University to Penn State have long standing senior class gift traditions that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars year over year and we would like to begin the same on the Forty Acres given the existing impact that student philanthropy has had on our campus nearly a century ago.
The Senior Class Gift is completely student run as an agency of Student Government with the support of the President Fenves and the University Development Office.
If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to assist with the Senior Class Gift, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.