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The University of Texas at San Antonio

50th Anniversary


June 5, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.

The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

Join us as we celebrate this momentous day in UTSA history by paying homage to the moment Governor Preston Smith signed the legislation creating UTSA exactly 50 years ago on June 5, 1969.

This commemorative UTSA event

is hosted in partnership with

The Alamo

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On June 5, 1969, during a ceremony held in front of the Alamo, Governor Preston Smith signed into law House Bill 42 of the 61st Texas Legislature, thus creating The University Of Texas at San Antonio. It was reported to be the first time in the history of the state a governor had signed a bill outside of Austin. Emceeing the historic event, Chamber of Commerce president John Steen told the crowd that the signing of the bill marks "if not the greatest day in the history of this 251-year-old city, then at least the greatest in the history of its higher education."

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