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UT's Gone to Texas Celebration is Tonight

Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 07:22 PM CDT
The Austin Independent School District is on its second day of school, Round Rock students started school today, and now it's time for the big kids.

The University of Texas at Austin begins classes tomorrow, but tonight they kick off the school year with a Longhorn tradition.

8,000 seats are set up for Gone To Texas which welcomes freshman, transfers, graduate, and law students.

"We have a special surprise at the very beginning with president powers and then we have special performances from student groups," says Geetika Jerath.

That surprise remains a secret for just a little longer.

"There's a couple local celebrities that we have that'll be here tonight," says Yeneli Rubio, the Vice President of UT's Senate of College Councils.

KEYE TV's Ashley Roberts asks: "Who are the local celebs?"

"You'll have to tune in tonight. You'll have to be here," says Rubio.

There are so many secret suprises. Jerath and Yeneli rubio both say this tradition is special as they head into their senior year.

"We went to high school together and now we're the president and VP of senate, so it's been a great journey," she says. "We've been roommates the whole time, too."

The UT Tower is significant because not only is this where students begin their college career, but it's also where they graduate. Today is just the beginning: where students will learn about traditions, student conduct, and UT core values.

"So that they can start to find their community here on campus and it's their first introduction to being a Longhorn on campus," says Rubio.

Spectators are welcome. The celebration begins at 8:30 tonight.

By Ashley Roberts 
UT's Gone to Texas Celebration is Tonight

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