About The Orange & White Ball

The Orange & White Ball: A Night in Monte Carlo

The Orange & White Ball is one of  UT’s most elegant and formal events of the year. The Ball honors and unites UT students, and  attracts over 500 students annually. This year, come prepared for a Night In Monte Carlo! The Orange & White Ball will feature:

The Nash Hernandez Orchestra
Ballroom Dancing
a Casino with seating for over 100

Cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages
Exquisite Hors D'oeuvres and Desserts

A DJ for your dancing pleasure
Roaming Photographer
An Ice Sculpture tribute to UT

The Orange & White Ball was founded in the spring of 2002 by several students who felt the need for a large traditional event to celebrate the commencement of the University's graduates. Moreover, these students saw the importance of a unified student life on UT's campus, hence the Orange & White Ball was born. Though students did not know at the time, they would later find out that such formal events were a common occurrence on campus many years ago.      

In the late 1920s, graduating seniors would travel downtown to Congress Avenue for a formal end of the year party at the Stephen F. Austin hotel. But when the Texas Union opened its doors in 1922, dances were held weekly in the ballroom to raise money for the Union's programs and expenses. In fact, musical greats such as Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong were frequent visitors to campus.

With the onset of World War II, tire and gasoline rationing took the tiny town of Austin off of most performers touring schedules. Instead the University's ballroom hosted dances for servicemen and typically the only music played at these events was a live Navy band or records.  In 1945, a student fee was implemented to pay for the Union activities.