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History Graduation Speakers

In 2001, the Department of History began conducting its own baccalaureate graduation ceremonies during the May commencement weekend. Our chair, Professor Alan Tully, realized that students might want to hear from someone who had been in their shoes, graduating from The University of Texas and wondering what direction their life would take.

We started the tradition of inviting a Texas Ex who had earned their bachelor’s degree with a major in history to speak each year. Here's a list of speakers — from all walks of life.

2014
The Honorable Pete Geren, Class of '75, J.D. '78

Attorney, Businessman, Philanthropist, Former U.S. Congressman, Department of Defense

2013

Maidie Ryan, Class of '96, J.D. '01
Attorney, Philanthropist, community volunteer, Life Member, Texas Exes

2012
Rob Thomas, Class of '87
Renowned screenwriter, television producer, and author

2011
Joseph D. Jamail, Class of '50, J.D. '53

Lawyer and Philanthropist, Houston, Texas

2010
Dr. Bryant "Tip" Ragan, Class of '81
Chair of the Department of History, Colorado College, Colorado Springs

2009
Paul Bartholomew, Class of '94

Actor, 2008 Jeep Liberty Commercial

2008
John Schwartz, Class of '79

Science Reporter, The New York Times
Since January 2009, Schwartz has been the national legal correspondent for the Times.

2007
Dr. Nancy S. Footer, Class of '80

Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, University of North Texas System

2006
Dr. Ricardo Romo, Class of ’67
President, University of Texas at San Antonio. B.A. with teaching field in History.
University of Texas track star. University of Texas History faculty & Vice Provost.

2005
Lynda Johnson Robb, Class of '66

“Professional volunteer”. Philanthropist. First Lady of Virginia.
Graduated with special honors in History.

2004
Sally Kleberg, Class of '66

Family Business Office Manager (King Ranch). Philanthropist, Writer, and Educator.

2003
Doug English, Class of '76

Philanthropist, Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. Co-Owner, ProLine, Distributing, Austin. NFL & Longhorn football legend.

2002
Jane Macon, Class of '67

Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, San Antonio.
National Women's Political Caucus' Long Haul of Fame.

2001
Adm. Bobby R. Inman, Class of '50

Faculty LBJ School of Public Relations. Businessman. Active in public service. United States Navy, retired.

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