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A big party to celebrate the change of Utah Valley State College to Utah Valley University takes place tonight in Orem.
A family fun fest got under way this afternoon. Then tonight, a country music concert will wrap up the celebration. Tomorrow, it all becomes official: UVSC will be UVU.
Today UVSC's former student government leaders got to knock a hole in the wall to open up the school's brand new library. The building is connected to the liberal arts building on campus.
Crews are putting the finishing touches on the new 191,000-square-foot library, which will be the newest building as the college gains university status.
Today and tonight, it's a time to celebrate Utah Valley University.
UVU President William Sederburg said, "What I like to stress is that it is celebration of thanks to the state of Utah, the whole state. This was approved with a unanimous vote of the Senate and the House, and the governor was extremely supportive, U.S. Senators, all our congressmen. The whole state rallied around this move for UVSC moving to UVU. So it's a celebration and a party at the same time."
When UVU begins with university status, the school will offer a master's degree in education. As the school adds new faculty, it will add more graduate degree programs. UVU also plans to keep its focus on the community and continue to offer community classes as well.
Again, the big party is at the school today, then tomorrow it becomes official with a ceremony on campus to welcome the arrival of Utah Valley University.