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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Department of History Spring Graduation 2008

Posted: April 16, 2008

The History Department Chair, Dr. Alan Tully will be Master of Ceremonies. The convocation speaker will be Mr. John Schwartz, Science Reporter, The New York Times.

Mr. Schwartz graduated from the University of Texas in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts with Special Honors in Plan II, and he specialized in History. In 1984, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the UT Law School.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2008

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Convocation Location: Recreational Sports Center (RSC)

Graduating Seniors Info: Students must arrive in academic regalia at the southwest ground level entrance to the building between 5:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Guests Info: Guests may enter the RSC from the south entrance low rising stairs (facing the Social Work Building and Swim Center). The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.

Special Needs Guests Info: Those guests in wheelchairs or with significant mobility challenges should arrive at 5:20 p.m. and go to the southwest side of the RSC ground level off of San Jacinto (where the students will go), so that they can be directed up an elevator and seated first. Please note: if you or your guests need a signer (American Sign Language), we must be notified by noon on Friday, May 9.

Pre-Ceremony Free Fun Event: Consider meeting your guests between 3 - 5:30 p.m. for refreshments at THE GREAT TEXAS EX-IT OPEN HOUSE at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center west of Memorial Stadium. They will be open all afternoon and it is just a four-minute walk to the RSC.

Questions, contact: Tom, Jes or Nancy in GAR 1.140
Phone: (512) 471-7670
E-Mail: History Advisors

MA or Ph.D. graduates MUST contact Marilyn Lehman, 471-6421 to RSVP and receive instructions.

Parking: Entering campus via Red River St. and/or Robert Dedman Dr. will provide immediate access to the Manor Garage (MAG), 2017 Robert Dedman Dr. This is the best parking garage to use for all ceremonies at the Recreational Sports Center.

For more info: Contact the History Department Undergraduate Advising Office at 471-7670 or the main office at 471-3261.

John Schwartz Biography

John Schwartz is a science writer for The New York Times. He writes primarily about space travel, and his work has taken him from the Mojave Desert to Moscow. He has written on a wide range of topics, including physician- assisted suicide, computer security, online pornography, robots, and why pregnant women don't tip over. (It has something to do with an extra curve in their spines.) Before coming to the Times, he worked for The Washington Post, and before that, Newsweek Magazine.

John was born in Galveston, and attended UT. He graduated with honors from the Plan II program, a fact that astonishes him to this day, and also completed a major in Italian. He graduated from UT law school and passed the bar, but has never practiced law. He married his college sweetheart, Jeanne Mixon, who majored in history. They have three children.

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