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 2019-2020 Dance and Theatre season will kick off with the annual Faculty Dance Concert. This will be followed by performances of “Faith, Hope and charity” in February and the season will conclude with “Once on this Island” in April.
- Fine Arts Series: The Mary Jo & V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series will bring thought-provoking art and music to UNT as Tanya Tagaq performs improvisational music in the University Union Lyceum Feb. 4 and yMusic joins us to present “excellent, emotionally communicative music,” on Feb. 25. Joyce Scott will delight visitors as she speaks about her bead work depicting racially and politically charged subjects in her speech at the Greater Denton Arts Council on March 16. Finally, internationally renowned musician, comedian, writer and actor Reggie Watts will perform a musical comedy routine in the Lyceum on April 14.
- The semester begins Jan. 13: Housing move-in day is Jan. 8, the spring semester officially kicks off Jan. 13 with the first day of classes.
- Spring Soar Jan. 13-17: 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. 15: 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 over 150 student organizations and campus departments.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (university closed) Jan. 20: UNT will be closed, but we’ll be celebrating with brunch, a speaker and a march from the Business Leadership Building to the MLK Jr. Rec Center.
- Denton Black Film Festival Jan. 22-26: The sixth 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 nine home games in January played by the men’s and women’s basketball teams against Conference USA opponents like UTSA, UTEP and Rice, as well as four swimming and diving competitions. The tennis team hosts Lamar Jan. 25.
- Distinguished Lecture Series: An Evening with Shaun White Feb. 18: Shaun White, in addition to winning numerous Olympic medals for extraordinary snowboarding, is an active supporter of numerous charities including Make-A-Wish, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club.
- Athletics in February: As the basketball season winds down, the men’s and women’s teams will play a combined five home games in February. Meanwhile the tennis team will have five home dates against teams such as South Florida, Memphis and Louisiana Tech, and the softball team will host the North Texas Tournament Feb. 14-16.
- 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 5: 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 7-14: 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.
- UNT Festival of the Arts March 19: UNT’s inaugural art market, the UNT Festival of the Arts is a gathering for all things creative and crafty. Peruse dozens of local makers showcasing their art, crafts, prints, DIY creations and more, with special performances and interactive workshops throughout the day.
- Eaglethon March 21: 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.
- Commuter Week March 23-27: Join Off-Campus Student Services for a week of information, resources and fun and free events dedicated to commuter students.
- Thin Line Film Festival March 25-29: Over the years, Thin Line has grown from a documentary film festival to include live music performances and an international photography competition.
- Greek Week March 30 - April 3: 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.
- Athletics in March: Mean Green fans will have a busy March. The month begins as the mean green softball team plays Western Kentucky March 13-15. Fans also can catch the UNT tennis team taking on Wichita State, Middle Tennessee and UTSA on March 21, 22 and 28, respectively.
- University Day April 3: 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.
- The Big Event April 4: 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 4: 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 8: 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.
- EarthFest April 22: UNT’s annual Earth Day celebration will feature live entertainment, local vendors, student organizations, food and educational activities.
- Denton Arts and Jazz Festival April 24-26: 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: Mean Green fans can look forward to a football preview at the annual Spring Game scrimmage. As the spring athletics seasons wind down, fans can catch the tennis team’s season wrap up as they host UT Arlington April 7, as well as a four-game home stand for the softball team April 15-19 that ends with a big matchup against Florida International University.
- UNT Alumni Association Ring Ceremony May 1: The Official Ring Presentation Ceremony presents graduating students with their official class rings every Fall and Spring semester.
- Softball season finale May 1-3: Mean Green softball wraps up their season in Denton with a three-game series on their home turf against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Finals May 2-8: All that stands between you and summer break are these last few exams. Don’t stress, you got this!
- Graduation Block Party May 8: Graduating students, their family and friends, and all students, faculty and staff are invited to this block party-style celebration featuring live music, food trucks, giveaways and fireworks.
- Spring 2019 Commencement May 7-10: 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.