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Aloha Oe

Aloha Oe: A Senior Farewell Event

All graduating seniors are invited to attend Aloha Oe to celebrate their accomplishments. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, on the lawn in front of Ayres Hall.

Graduating seniors should meet in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. dressed in their caps and gowns to line up for the ceremony processional. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Cox Auditorium.

This ceremony is a long-standing tradition that allows the Class of 2014 to come together, one last time, to bid farewell to UT. Seniors will pledge their loyalty to the university and pass the “Torch of Service,” to their fellow students to inspire them to be leaders in their community.

Parents are welcome to attend.

History of Aloha Oe

The first Aloha Oe was held May 17, 1926, on Shields-Watkins Field. It was created to be the companion event to Torch Night first held for our freshman in 1925. The first Aloha Oe featured a muddy tug of war, female students dressed in grass skirts, and the strumming of ukuleles.

It has since become a more formal ceremony, but the purpose is the same: to give the graduating seniors a meaningful conclusion to their undergraduate years.

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