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Aloha Oe: A Senior Farewell Event

Aloha Oe Ceremony

Wednesday, May 10, 7:30pm
Ayres Hall Lawn

Aloha Oe Luau

Wednesday, May 10, 8:30-10:00 pm
Gate 21 Concourse, Neyland Stadium

Aloha Oe is one of UT’s senior traditions. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to symbolically receive the Torch of Service, pledging to serve both the university and their community as responsible and loyal alumni. All seniors and their families are invited to participate. Students participating in the event must meet at the entrance of AMB at 6:30 pm.

Aloha Oe Luau

Join us after the ceremony for the Aloha Oe Luau. Orange leis will be given to the first 400 students and photobooths will be on hand to capture the memories. Dinner will be provided by Dead End BBQ and DJ Stearl the Pearl will be mixing up the beats.

History of Aloha Oe

The first Aloha Oe was held May 17, 1926, on Shields-Watkins Field. It was created to be the companion event to Torch Night, first held for our freshmen in 1925. The first Aloha Oe featured a muddy tug of war, female students dressed in grass skirts, and the strumming of ukuleles.

It has since become a more formal ceremony, but the purpose is the same: to give the graduating seniors a meaningful conclusion to their undergraduate years.

We hope to see you there!

In the event of rain, Aloha Oe will be held at the Alumni Memorial Building.

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