Dia de los Muertos

dia de los muertosEach fall, the WTAMU Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences hosts a celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on the WTAMU campus. WTAMU students and community participants under the outstanding leadership of our faculty and staff design and install memorial displays (ofrendas) celebrating the lives of individuals of personal or professional importance to them. The campus and community actively participate in the week-long events associated with the celebration. The events have been well attended and very positively received by the community.

The success of the celebration prompts us to continually expand this interesting and important cultural event.  Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexican and in most Hispanic cultures and increasingly throughout the southwestern United States. The holiday focuses on gatherings to remember friends and family members who have died. It is celebrated throughout Mexico, where it attains the quality of a national holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1-2. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private memorial displays (ofrendas) honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, together with traditional and contemporary music.  The celebration is a joyous one - we have emphasized that the WTAMU event is A Celebration of Life!

We have developed a high-visibility, annual event that showcases the WTAMU Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences and our outstanding students while generating funds for scholarships in the college.  All proceeds from the event support scholarships in the college including a newly established scholarship benefiting Latino students.

We are pleased to announce the 2022 WTAMU Dia de los Muertos-Celebration of Life:

Oferenda will be installed in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum on Saturday, October 29.

Oferenda will be on display Tuesday (11/1) - Friday (11/4).

We invite you to consider becoming a Celebration and Scholarship Sponsor.

All sponsors will receive emphasis on all promotional materials and publicity including recognition in print materials and in online advertising of the event, invitations, event programs, letters to potential participants and school districts, radio and television public service announcements, and in presentations to community groups.

Please consider sponsoring the event at one of the following levels:

Celebration of Life Underwriter - $10,000

Endowment of Named Scholarship in Education or the Social Sciences - particulars of scholarship eligibility and awards to be determined by underwriter and WTAMU

For more information or to discuss how you can become an event sponsor, please contact:

Dr. Eddie Henderson, Dean of the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences
806-651-2603 or