Fort Worth and Arlington Texas Exes Chapters Host Student Send-Off

Every year, Texas Exes chapters wish incoming Longhorns good luck as they set off for Austin. For many chapters, it looked like this year send-offs were going to have to take place virtually, or not at all.

But the Fort Worth and Arlington Texas Exes decided to get creative. On July 30, chapters members put on their masks and gathered at a safe distance outside an office space and invited students from the Class of 2024 to join a drive-by parade. Members of the Longhorn Alumni Band performed while Texas Exes dressed in burnt orange passed out Longhorn goodies and UT-themed masks to the students who came down the line.

Current Texas Exes president Robert A. Estrada, BS ’69, JD ’83, Life Member, joined the chapters in their send-off. He says he would have been disappointed if there hadn’t been any kind of send-off for the new Longhorns.

“Longhorn freshmen need to know they are joining a unique ‘family’ of current students and alumni that now share a common bond around the world and chapter send-off are a demonstration of that. [I’m] proud to belong to a Texas Exes Chapter that said, ‘Let’s make something special happen that stays within the safety guidelines of our city but means a lot to our Longhorns!’”


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