Welcome Week was the most extensive series of events ever planned for the start of a UT Dallas school year, featuring a full 80 hours of activities.

In addition to enjoying movies, meals, games and other activities, many students gave their time for a good cause in the Viva Volunteer event.

This year’s “Whoosh Around the World” homecoming celebration featured a parade, pep rally, back-to-back Comets basketball games and more.

Comet Families made its first-ever appearance during Homecoming with a float.

Family Day included a lunch in the Dining Hall and campus tours. The annual event concluded with a barbecue dinner. Later that evening Sounds of Class marked its 15th year at the University. The community-wide festival included musical performances by Eddie Coker and the group Cavalcade of Stars.

A group of UT Dallas students gave up beaches, sun and frosty beverages and instead used their spring break to put ideas into action in volunteer projects around the country.

The Alternative Spring Break students — 93 in all — chose from 11 trips that ranged from building houses with Habitat for Humanity to helping restore ecosystems and rescue animals. They served nearly 40 nonprofit agencies at locations from Texas to New York during the week of March 14-19.

Springapalooza, staged annually by the Student Union Activities Advisory Board (SUAAB), featured big crowds and big fun — from comedian Donald Glover to Sprinkles cupcakes to a 1920s Jazz Dinner.

International Week, in its 10th year, celebrated the cultural diversity of the University’s 2,000-plus international students. The week featured a series of activities that included dinners, dance parties and a talent show.

The UT Dallas men's basketball team made their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III National playoffs, but was eliminated after a loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor.

  • Men's basketball junior forward Chris Barnes became the first UT Dallas player to ever be named East Division Player of the Year.
  • UT Dallas senior setter Niki Calverley has become the University’s first volleyball player and only the third student-athlete in the school’s history to be named to an All-America first team.

Commencement ceremonies, slated for May 12-14, will accommodate graduates from the University's seven different schools. During commencement exercises, students are addressed by fellow graduating scholars who compete for the honor.

Following commencement, graduates are invited to join Memories on the Mall, a photo backdrop area on the University’s newly renovated main concourse. When each commencement ceremony concludes, graduates and their families are invited to Chess Plaza where banners will be arranged around the reflecting pools for photo opportunities.