Austin College announces that the 2023-2024 Academic year will be our 175th —a milestone we proudly celebrate as the oldest college in Texas operating under its original charter and name.
Join us to Explore. Belong. Make a Difference.
At 175, we are proud of our diverse and dynamic group of people – alumni, students, faculty and staff – who make up ’RooNation. We are people who are eager to learn and who want to make a difference in the world. This year, we have extra gratitude for the strong foundation and longevity of this institution. We are grateful for the traditions and proud of the growth of Austin College as an innovative leader in higher education.
We will mark this milestone with a variety of events and celebrations throughout the year, from Opening Convocation in August through Commencement in May.
Make a Difference Days
As part of the year-long celebration, the College and the Austin College Alumni Board will host a series of volunteer opportunities called Make a Difference Days that bring Austin College community members together in service to others. With events scheduled on campus and across the country, the service campaign aims to collectively reach 175,000 hours of community service.
Proclamation from the City of Sherman
On October 16, Mayor David Plyler will read a proclamation of the 175th milestone at the Sherman City Council meeting celebrating our 175th year!
Historical Walking Tour
In late October, a self-guided walking tour will be available to all campus visitors. The 12 tour stops across campus feature QR codes directing guests to historical photos and stories that give a view into life at Austin College from past decades.
175th Year Celebration Dinner
Homecoming and Family Weekend, November 3-5, 2023, will feature several events around the milestone including the 175th Year Celebration Dinner, hosted by President Steven P. O’Day on Saturday, November 4. The dinner is open to alumni, students, family members, and invited guests from the community.
Celebrating our Alumni
Alumni whose college experience and professional achievement embody the Explore. Belong. Make a Difference. theme will be featured as speakers at on-campus lectures and academic conferences, many of which are open to the public.