What better way for students and the community to usher in the new university than with a huge celebration party? That’s just what UVU did on June 30, when 15,000 people attended the UVUphoria celebration.

The day started out with a grand opening of the new Digital Learning Center, where people explored the new 5-level library, watched dance and karate performances, listened to the Losee band, and soaked in the atmosphere of being a university.

The evening brought in country stars Collin Raye, Josh Gracin and Joe Nichols, who performed at the Brent Brown Ballpark. The sold-out concert had 15,000 in attendance, which included students and families from the surrounding community.

Cameron Martin, assistant to the president, told The Deseret News, “We threw this party to say ‘thank you’ to the community for their continued support. We just wanted to celebrate together. We wanted to play.”

The celebration ended with fireworks and a dance after the concert while officials prepared for the next morning’s dedication of the new library. With the school’s university status, it is expected that there will be more business and economic growth in the area.