Spirit & Tradition

Alma Mater 
il to thee, our Alma Mater,
True and Loyal, we will be.
To our dear old Alma Mater,
Pan American of U.T.

This our song,
"Forever Onward!" 
With our colors, green 
and white. May you be our
inspiration. Lead us ever 
to the light.

The Bronc Ring

On Feb. 17, 2012, UT Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen unveiled the University’s official ring – the Bronc Ring. Designed by are students, the ring captures UTPA’s past, present, and future. It features elements that include the mighty oak that was planted in 1927 on the original Edinburg College Campus and the memory stoles worn at commencement today. The Bronc Ring is reserved exclusively for alumni and students who achieved a minimum of 60 credit hours. To purchase your Bronc Ring, visit


UT Pan American Memory Stoles

Hoping to inspire a new tradition at The University of Texas-Pan American, former president Dr. Blandina Cardenas initiated the wearing of Memory Stoles at her first commencement ceremony as the institution’s leader in Fall 2004.

The Stoles, in the school colors of green and orange, are emblazoned with the UTPA official seal and make a bright and fashionable addition to the all-black graduation gown. Candidates wear the stoles around their necks throughout the graduation ceremonies and then afterward are encouraged to present the stole to a special person in an expression of gratitude. The treasured stole can be given to mom, dad, spouse, educator or a friend who most inspired, mentored or helped in your personal quest for knowledge. At UTPA, a campus community that places great importance on cherishing family friends, Memory Stoles are a tradition that will undoubtedly withstand the test of time.

Campus Landmarks

Bronc Statue 
UTPA’s 2000-pound “Bronze Bronc” by renowned Santa Fe sculptor Veryl Goodnight was unveiled in November 2002 to welcome visitors to The University of Texas-Pan American. In June of 2009 it was named one of 10 famous western horse sculptures by Cowboys & Indians magazine.

Jody Ramsey Courtyard 
When UTPA’s baseball field, Jody Ramsey Stadium, was demolished in 2007 to make way for an expansion of the College of Education, the University created the Jody Ramsey Courtyard to preserve the memory of a very special Pan American University baseball player who was tragically killed on Feb. 24, 1973 while working as a laborer on the construction of the new stadium. The site of the Courtyard was part of the original baseball field.

School Colors

Green and White (Official)
Orange (accent)


Bucky Bronc


Bronc Honor Code

                         We Are Honest

Honor Sign


                        We Have Integrity

                        We Are Respectful


                                         Bronc Sign


Annual Events

Welcome Week
This event occurs during the first week of fall and spring semesters for the entire student body and includes concerts, vendor booths, Rush Week for sororities and fraternities, and an Involvement Fair featuring student organizations, volunteer agencies and University departments and is coordinated by the University Program Board with support from the departments of the Office of the Dean of Students.

Bronc Roundup
An annual event for all new students. It is the final step to completing the New Student Orientation process. Attendees learn about services and meet other students.

Freshman Convocation
Annual event hosted by the Dean of Students and Office of the President to welcome first year students to UTPA. Convocation takes place at Bronc Roundup.

Bucky’s Block Party
The annual involvement fair that allows students to connect with university departments, community volunteer agencies, area merchants and student organizations. Free food, giveaways and activities.

Dieciséis de Septiembre
This Mexican celebration is one of many cultural celebrations sponsored by the University Program Board throughout the year. This event typically features live entertainment and food.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day)
Celebrated the week of September 17 each year to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the US Constitution and is coordinated by the Office of Student Development.

Make A Difference Day
A national day of helping others-a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October and is organized by the Student Leadership Academy.

Spirit Week
A great week-long event dedicated to UTPA Bronc Spirit coordinated by the University Program Board with support from the departments of the Office of the Dean of Students. This week is filled with contests, entertainment, and ends with the lighting of the UTPA letters and the traditional Midnight Madness dance off competition.

Bronc Madness
The University Program Board and Bronc Athletics team up to host this event which marks the beginning of the Bronc Basketball season. The public and student organizations are invited to participate. Games and contests lead up to midnight, which officially marks the first day the NCAA allows basketball teams to begin practice.

Carnival of the Great Pumpkin
For more than 40 years the University Program Board has hosted this campus tradition featuring music, games, food booths and costume contests. The campus community comes together to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the campus and surrounding communities.

Turkey Bowling
This event is the most fun you’ll ever have with a frozen turkey and is sponsored by the Student Union.

Midnight Breakfast
On the First Dead or Study Day the Student Union offers a pre-finals celebration for you to take a break from studying and enjoy a free breakfast and lots of entertainment and prizes. The free Midnight Breakfast is from 10:00 pm - 1:00 am at the Student Union.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each faculty, staff, and students at UTPA answer that question by spending a “day on versus a day off” in service to our community.

Adopt An Angel
The Adopt an Angel program sponsored by the Community Service Connection, a component of the Office for Student Involvement, provides gifts to the children of UTPA students who are receiving need-based financial aid during the holiday season. Over the last 18 years hundreds of children have been adopted through donations from the UTPA community to ease some the burdens of our student/parents, as they struggle to balance their academics and home life.

Homecoming features a week of events such as Yard Art, Battle of the Bands, Bronc Olympics, a Tailgate Party/Pep Rally, sporting events, and the coronation of UTPA’s Homecoming king and queen.

The University Program Board along with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Alumni Association and other University departments team up to host this annual celebration for the entire UTPA community and alumni. The week is full of exciting events like a Spirit Parade, the Coronation Ball, the Alumni Ball and athletic events. Bring your Bronc Pride and enjoy the fun!

Parent/Child Day Picnic 
The University Program Board hosts this weekend event, which includes food and entertainment for UTPA students and staff/faculty that have children.

Parent and Family Weekend
Each spring the Parent and Family Association sponsors Family Weekend so that students can show their families what they have been involved in and all that UTPA has to offer. This weekend offers a wonderful opportunity for the family to spend time together and enjoy many fun events.

Spring Fling
A spring carnival for UTPA students that features carnival rides, giveaways food and entertainment. Sponsored by the Student Union

United to Serve
Faculty, staff, and students join in this annual UT System-wide day of service coordinated by the Community Service Connection.

History of UTPA

UTPA Celebrating 86 Years of Success
The University of Texas-Pan American has a rich tradition of educational service and community engagement. In the past eight decades it has undergone six name changes, all reflecting growth, achievement and success.

The Transformation

1927-1933 Edinburg College was founded as a two-year community college governed by the Edinburg School District. The original building housed 200 students and today is listed as a historical site in the city of Edinburg, the county seat for Hidalgo County.
1933-1948 Edinburg Junior College, as the only institution of higher learning in Hidalgo County, experienced rapid growth in its early years prompting administrators to pursue the first name change.
1948-1952 Edinburg Regional College was moved from the original four-acre site to 186-acre campus a few blocks west. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the campus was purchased in parcels at a cost of $677,000.
1952-1971 Pan American College made its transformation from a junior college to a four-year university in the early 1950’s. The name Pan American was selected to reflect the institution's desire to bridge the cultures of North and South America and to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the university.
1971-1989 Pan American University saw the student population diversify during the 1970’s reflecting a predominantly Mexican-American population. The Wall Street Journal article credited Dr. Miguel Nevarez with creating a Hispanic middle class for the South Texas region.
1989-Present The University of Texas-Pan American was established in 1989 after the successful and historic merger of Pan American University with the University of Texas System. Today UTPA is one of the fastest growing universities in the UT System with a current enrollment of 17,500 students. The institution is poised to become a learner-centered doctoral research institution.

UTPA Spirit Program