By Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications Staff
CLARIFICATION: This release includes information about public viewing accommodations from the City of College Station.
George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, will be laid to rest Thursday, Dec. 6 at Texas A&M University on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center.
President Bush will be buried in his family plot, located behind the Bush Library, alongside his wife, Barbara, who died seven months ago, and daughter, Robin, who passed away in 1953 at the age of three. Although he didn’t attend the university, in 1991 Bush chose Texas A&M as the site of his presidential library, which opened to the public on Nov. 6, 1997.
The following information will help the campus community and the public to understand the logistics surrounding the Thursday event, as well as operations in the days leading up to the funeral.
This following is applicable for the Texas A&M Bryan-College Station campuses, including the Health Science Center campus, and the RELLIS 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, including RELLIS, will be entirely closed Thursday, Dec. 6, the day of interment, including the University Libraries. However, some dining facilities 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.
All campuses 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 at Texas A&M will be closed to faculty, staff and students beginning today through Thursday, Dec. 6. The building will reopen on Friday, Dec. 7. The Office of the Registrar relocated classes scheduled in the Allen Building on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Wednesday, Dec. 5. Impacted faculty and students received additional details.
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While the burial service will be a private Bush family event, the procession on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6 will be viewable by the public as the train carrying President Bush enters the Texas A&M campus. To see potential viewing areas, visit the City of College Station’s website at http://bit.ly/2FXMkny. The procession from the train to the Bush Library and Museum grounds will not be open to the public.
Up-to-date information about the funeral procession is available on the Official U.S. State Funeral Joint Force Headquarters website.
The website honoring41.tamu.edu will be updated with information for the public and media regarding the day of the funeral. Texas A&M officials recommend checking the site frequently for updates.
In lieu of flowers, the Bush family requests donations be made to the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Texas A&M Transportation Services will be contacting permit holders via email regarding parking lots that will be impacted over the coming week. The only public viewing on campus is in Lot 62. Parking accommodations for the public will be made available at https://transport.tamu.edu/bush41.
Bush Library & Museum Hours
- Research Room is closed until further notice.
- 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.
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.
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.
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