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Founder's Week under way

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Founder’s Week, honoring Tarleton founder John Tarleton, continues this week with a number of events, from fun to solemn.

To kick off the annual observance the Tarleton Alumni Association hosted its Class Ring Ceremony April 6, at which time more than 150 students received their official Tarleton rings at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium.

Major events this week include the annual May Fête Celebration hosted by the Tarleton Ambassadors at 5 p.m. near the Hunewell Bandstand in Heritage Oaks Park. The event has been resurrected in recent years after the May Fête disappeared near the time of World War II. Tarleton’s first May Fête was celebrated on May 5, 1921, and was typically held in conjunction with Parent’s Day or Founder’s Week.

Student Justin Leugers was specially selected to serve as Lord Tarleton and master of ceremonies for this year’s event and will lead the procession of wrapping the Maypole with brightly colored ribbons.

On Wednesday, the Student Government Association will host a Presidential Picnic in Heritage Oaks Park from 4-6 p.m.

Founder’s Week continues with the annual Silver Taps ceremony in Heritage Oaks Park and Col. Tate Military Park on Thursday, April 10. The event, hosted by Tarleton ROTC, the Division of Advancement and External Relations and the Tarleton Alumni Association, begins at 8 p.m.

Silver Taps honors those faculty, staff, students and alumni who passed away during the previous year. A roll call will be read aloud with students and family members carrying candles in a procession from the Hunewell Bandstand to the Tarleton Military Memorial where flowers are placed in memory of those who have died.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Alumni Services

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