It’s a new year and a new semester, so don’t let yourself get sucked into the same old routine. There are tons of fun events and activities happening on-campus and around Denton throughout the spring that will ensure your UNT experience is unforgettable. Mark these events on your calendar and get ready to meet new friends while you make lasting memories.
- College of Music performances: UNT’s world-renowned College of Music puts on more than 1,000 performances each year, so there are many opportunities throughout the spring to catch an opera, orchestra or the famed One O’Clock Lab Band.
- Dance and Theatre productions: The second half of the 2018-19 Dance and Theatre season will feature performances of “Lockdown” and “The Memory Project” in February, “The Book of Everything” in March and conclude with Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” in April.
- Fine Arts Series: The Mary Jo & V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series will bring music, dance and thought-provoking art to UNT as the legendary Count Basie Orchestra performs at the Winspear Performance Hall Feb. 6, and the Kenny Werner Trio, with Johannes Weidnmueller and Ari Hoenig, and the One O’clock Lab Band join us on Feb. 28. Alison Saar will delight visitors at the University Union Art Gallery March 8 and multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer and producer Jacob Collier will perform in the Auditorium Building March 19. The 2018-19 Fine Arts Series wraps up April 3 with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical in the University Union Lyceum.
- The semester begins Jan. 14: Housing move-in day is Jan. 9, the spring semester officially kicks off Jan. 14 with the first day of classes and UNT is closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
- Spring Soar Jan. 14-20: UNT’s welcome program will help assimilate first-time UNT students to life at UNT with events throughout the week.
- Mean Green Spring Fling Jan. 16: The annual involvement fair welcomes the spring semester and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in University Union Ballrooms 314 and 333. The event features music and performances from various student organizations.
- Denton Black Film Festival Jan. 23-27: The fifth annual Denton Black Film Festival will showcase and celebrate the accomplishments of black filmmakers including actors, producers, directors and other industry professionals.
- Athletics in January: There are numerous opportunities to cheer on the Mean Green as the spring semester begins. Highlights include eight home games played by the men’s and women’s basketball teams against Conference USA opponents like UTSA, UTEP and Rice, as well as swimming and diving senior night against Rice Jan. 11 and the tennis team hosting Lamar Jan. 26.
- Eaglethon Feb. 23: Eaglethon is a year-long fundraising program supporting families of Cook Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals culminating in a 10 hour dance party featuring live entertainment, activities and all the feels.
- Distinguished Lecture Series with Tamika Mallory Feb. 27: Fitting with the series’ 2018-2019 theme of “Activism,” Tamika Mallory is an acclaimed activist and national co-chair for the Women’s March. She is a feminist, as well as a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement and an advocate for gun control. Mallory will be speaking in the Coliseum to inspire and inform at an event that is open to all UNT students.
- Athletics in February: As the basketball season winds down, the men’s and women’s teams will play a combined six home games in February. Meanwhile the tennis team will have six home dates against teams such as Sam Houston State, Kansas State and Arizona, and the softball team will host the Mean Green Classic Feb. 15-17.
- Early Registration for Summer and Fall classes: Although official dates haven’t been set yet, early registration for the summer and fall semesters usually kicks off within the first couple of weeks of March, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can craft the perfect class schedule.
- Union Fest March 7: Freebies, food and fun abound during Union Fest, an all-day party celebrating our University Union and its programming and departments.
- Alternative Service Breaks during Spring Break March 9-16: Many students will spend their Spring Breaks giving back through the Center for Leadership and Service’s Alternative Service Break program. This year’s trips will focus on initiatives like youth and foster care, refugee resettlement, animal welfare and more.
- Distinguished Lecture Series with Don Lemon March 21: Current CNN anchor Don Lemon, who last visited UNT to speak at the Equity and Diversity conference in 2013, will return to expand on this topic at an event open to all UNT students. Lemon will discuss his activism in relation to topics such as homophobia and colorism in a presentation that will fall in line directly with this years Distinguished Lecture Series’ activism theme.
- Commuter Week March 25-29: Join Off-Campus Student Services for a week of information, resources and fun and free events dedicated to commuter students.
- Athletics in March: Mean Green fans will have a busy March, as the tennis team opens the month with matches against Old Dominion and Louisiana Tech March 8 and 10, respectively. In-between tennis matches, fans can catch the UNT softball team playing the University of Southern Mississippi March 9-10. Just two days later, the North Texas family can make a short trip to Frisco to cheer on the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the 2019 Conference USA Basketball Championships March 13-16 at Ford Center at The Star.
- Greek Week April 1-5: Greek Week brings Greek community members together to show what makes each of UNT’s 42 fraternities and sororities unique through field day, dance, banner-making and service competitions.
- The Big Event April 6: Each spring, volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of service in cities across Denton County as part of this nationally recognized day of service that brings UNT students, faculty, staff and alumni together.
- Denton Community Market opens April 6: This producers-only farmer’s and art market sets up shop in downtown Denton from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday through November.
- Flight Memorial April 10: Join the Dean of Students Office at this annual memorial service on the Library Mall honoring all faculty, staff, students and alumni who passed away in the last year.
- University Day April 12: First held May 10, 1961, University Day marks the day North Texas State College became a university and is an annual celebration of our status with free food, activities and music.
- Thin Line Film Festival April 10-14: Over the years, Thin Line has grown from a documentary film festival to include live music performances and an international photography competition.
- EarthFest April 25: UNT’s annual Earth Day celebration will feature live entertainment, local vendors, student organizations, food and educational activities on the Library Mall.
- Denton Arts and Jazz Festival April 26-28: Denton’s annual spring celebration of music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts always includes a large UNT presence, with student performances and stage sponsorships.
- Athletics in April: The first weekend of April will give Mean Green fans a football preview at the annual Spring Game scrimmage. As the spring athletics seasons wind down, fans can catch the tennis team’s season finale as they host SMU April 10, as well as a four game home stand for the softball team April 17-24 that ends with a big matchup against Oklahoma State.
- UNT Alumni Association Ring Ceremony May 3: The Official Ring Presentation Ceremony presents graduating students with their official class rings every Fall and Spring semester.
- Softball season finale May 4-5: Mean Green softball wraps up their season in Denton with a two-game series on their home turf against Middle Tennessee.
- Finals May 4-10: All that stands between you and summer break are these last few exams. Don’t stress, you got this!
- Graduation Block Party May 10: Graduating students can invite family and friends to this block party-style celebration featuring live music, food trucks, giveaways and fireworks.
- Spring 2019 Commencement May 9-11: This is the moment every college student is tirelessly working toward. All those years of group projects, late night cram sessions and stress-inducing exams will be totally worth the feeling you get when you cross that stage.