Texas Tech University Traditions
Texas Tech University is classified in the category of very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Educations and has achieved full status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Texas Tech holds the distinction of being the only campus in Texas that is home to a major university, law school, and medical school.
One of the most well-known landmarks on campus is the statue of Will Rogers and his horse Soapsuds, donated by a longtime friend of Rogers, Amon G. Carter. Before every home football game, Old Will is wrapped with red crepe paper. Will Rogers and Soapsuds have also been wrapped up in black crepe paper to mourn national tragedies.
To celebrate the holiday season, Texas Tech holds an annual event called the Carol of Lights. There is a holiday musical program, then over 25,000 red, white and orange lights illuminate the 13 buildings surrounding the memorial circle.
The first campus Arbor Day celebration was in 1937 when the university president decided to beautify the campus with 20,000 trees. This Texas Tech tradition still goes on today as students and teachers plant trees and beautify the campus on Arbor Day.
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