Texas A&M Campus Operations And Instructions Regarding Bush Funeral

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By Carol A. Fierke, Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President

It is with a heavy heart I reach out to you today in the wake of the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who will be buried Thursday, Dec. 6 on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

I join the entire university community in sending heartfelt condolences to the Bush family as we pay tribute to one of our nation’s greatest Presidents in a manner befitting his esteemed legacy.

The following information will help you to understand how our campus will operate in the days leading up to the funeral, impact on classes and finals, and opportunities to view the funeral procession.

Campus Operations

The following information is applicable for the Texas A&M Bryan-College Station campuses only, including the Health Science Center campus.

Texas A&M Bryan-College Station campuses will maintain regular operations today through Wednesday, Dec. 5. The Bryan-College Station campuses of the university will be entirely closed Thursday, Dec. 6, the day of interment, including the University Libraries. However, dining services will remain open. All non-essential personnel should avoid campus.

Locations outside the Brazos Valley will maintain normal operations this week, including our branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar.

The university will reopen for normal operations Friday, Dec. 7. Therefore, there are no changes to the final exam schedule, which begins Friday.

Due to its proximity to the burial site, the Allen Building will be closed to faculty, staff and students beginning Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 6. The building will reopen on Friday, Dec. 7. The Office of the Registrar is working on relocating classes scheduled in the Allen Building on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Wednesday, Dec. 5. Impacted faculty and students will receive additional information no later than 3 p.m. Monday.

It should be noted that some of our students will be participating in related activities Tuesday, Dec. 4 and could miss class that day. I ask faculty to accommodate these students.

Funeral Procession

While the burial service will be a private event, the funeral procession on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6 will be viewable by the public. To see public viewing areas, visit tx.ag/bushviewing.

In lieu of flowers, the Bush family requests donations be made to the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

The George H.W. Presidential Library Foundation has established a phone bank that will be operational today through Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so you may extend your condolences and ask any questions you may have about the funeral.

Bush Library & Museum Hours

  • Research Room is closed until further notice.
  • Sunday, Dec. 2: Museum hours 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Monday, Dec. 3: Museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4: Museum and Research room closed.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Museum and Research room closed.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6: Museum and Research room closed.
  • Friday, Dec. 7: Museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: Museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free
  • Sunday, Dec. 9: Museum hours 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Normal hours and fees apply
  • The gravesite will be open to the public beginning Saturday, Dec. 8.

More information

Information related to President Bush’s connection to Texas A&M and updates regarding facility and road closures, parking and viewing areas, maps and more are available at honoring41.tamu.edu.

Remembrances from those who knew him, details of his longstanding relationship with Texas A&M, and more are at www.georgehwbush.com and Texas A&M Today.

For questions regarding class scheduling, contact the Office of the Provost at provost@tamu.edu.


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