A group of Dell Meds First class shown standing facing forward with a sign in the background that reads Rethink Education

The UT Austin Tower will turn orange Sunday, June 26 in honor of the inaugural class of students at the Dell Medical School.

In 2012, Travis County voters decided to support a medical school and make Austin a model healthy city. That was the start of something big — and it established a profound relationship between the school and the forward-thinking community that surrounds it.

Now, the future of health care is starting at Dell Medical School. By leveraging unprecedented community support to launch a value-focused model that prizes person-centered care, Dell Med is rethinking everything — 50 future physician leaders at a time.

As the first medical school to be built from the ground up at a top-tier research university in decades, Dell Med envisions a vital, inclusive health ecosystem that will revolutionize the way people get and stay healthy. With the opportunity to start from scratch also comes the opportunity to create a new type of medical school and to really rethink the role of academic medicine in improving health.

[Meet some of the future physician leaders who will rethink everything and revolutionize health care.]

After the Tower lighting Sunday night, the first class of Dell Med students will also be welcomed to the Forty Acres with a special performance from the carillon. At noon on Monday, June 27, the carillonneurs will perform songs from the 2016 #ApplyDellMed playlist — a collection of songs submitted by more than 60 faculty and staff members with themes of Texas and medicine.

Join us in welcoming these students to UT Austin!

[Read more: Five Great UT Medical Education Innovations.]