Tarleton Founder’s Week Activities Begin with Saturday Tailgate, Game


STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University kicks off its observance of Founder’s Week on Saturday, April 15, with a daylong tailgate prior to the annual Purple and White intrasquad football game at 6 p.m.

Tailgate activities, sponsored by Campus Rec, begin at 9 a.m. at Texan Alley. 

Founder’s Week continues through April 22. Highlights include the Silver Taps ceremony, Oscar P’s Birthday Bash, the Spring Concert and the 55th Annual Tarleton Stampede Rodeo.

Silver Taps at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, honors alumni, faculty, staff and friends who passed away the previous year. This year’s remembrance takes place at Alumni Island in the heart of the Stephenville campus. The public is invited.

Tarleton students begin their academic program with the Freshman Convocation and Candle Lighting Ceremony when they receive their Tarleton flame. The flame is extinguished at Silver Taps to acknowledge their journey’s completion.

Founder’s Week schedule:

Saturday, April 15

9 a.m. – Purple and White Tailgate, Texan Alley

6 p.m. – Purple and White Spring Football Game, Memorial Stadium

Sunday, April 16

2 p.m. – Spring Splash, Aquatic Center

Monday, April 17

5:30 p.m. – Cruise the Island, Alumni Island

Tuesday, April 18

11 a.m. – Oscar P’s Birthday Bash, Waco Campus

7 p.m. – Silver Taps, Alumni Island

Wednesday, April 19

11:30 a.m. – Waffle Wednesday, Fort Worth Campus 

6 p.m. – Black Student Union Presents Tarleton Olympics, Intramural Fields

Thursday, April 20

11:30 a.m. – Oscar P’s Birthday Bash, Thompson Student Center

5:30 p.m. – Oscar P’s Birthday Bash, Fort Worth Campus

7 p.m. – Spring Concert, Aquatic Center Parking Lot

7:30 p.m. – 55th Annual Tarleton Stampede Rodeo, Lone Star Arena

Friday, April 21

11 a.m. – Ring Pick Up Day, Ring Statue

5:30 p.m. – May Fete, Heritage Park

7:30 p.m. – 55th Annual Tarleton Stampede Rodeo, Lone Star Arena

Saturday, April 22

8 a.m. – Orientation, Fine Arts Building

noon – Softball vs. Sam Houston, Softball Field

3 p.m. – Baseball vs. New Mexico, Baseball Field

7:30 p.m. – 55th Annual Tarleton Stampede Rodeo, Lone Star Arena

For more information visit https://tarletonstate.us/FoundersWeek2023.

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