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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Plan II Honors Commencement Convocation 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 9:00 am in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium. Reception follows in the Ballroom, 3rd floor, Texas Union

Diane P. Wood, Circuit Judge on the US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Diane P. Wood, Circuit Judge on the US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Commencement Speaker:  

Diane P. Wood is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Judge Wood attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning her B.A. in in Plan II Honors in 1971 (highest honors), and her J.D. in 1975 (Order of the Coif).

After graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1975-76), and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court (1976-77). She then spent a brief period at the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State. In 1980, she began her career as a legal academic at Georgetown University Law Center. She moved to the University of Chicago Law School in 1981, serving as a full-time professor until 1995 and as Associate Dean from 1989 through 1992. In 1990, she was named to the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professorship in International Legal Studies, becoming the first woman to hold a named chair at the school. From 1993 until she was appointed to the Seventh Circuit in 1995, she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Wood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is on the Council of the American Law Institute.

Judge Wood is married to Dr. Robert L. Sufit.  She has three children and three step-children. She enjoys playing the oboe and English horn in several Chicago-area amateur orchestras.

Plan II Honors Chad Oliver Teaching Award Recipient:  James D. Garrison, English

Professor James D. Garrison, Archibald A. Hill Regents Centennial Professorship in English and American Literature, Distinguished Teaching Professor

James D. Garrison was educated at Princeton University and The University of California at Berkeley, where he received his PhD in English in 1972.  Since 1973 he has taught at The University of Texas at Austin, serving as Chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2006.  He is the author of two books on the poetry of John Dryden, as well as articles on topics in Restoration and Eighteenth Century British literature that have appeared in various journals, including Eighteenth-Century Studies, Modern Philology, Studies in Philology, and Studies in English Literature.  His most recent book is titled A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy (University of Delaware Press, 2009).  He has been a regular teacher of E603 for the Plan II Honors Program since 2007 and is happy to tell anyone who asks why he likes teaching the course:  “Great students and great books are a very hard combination to beat.”


Student Speaker:   James Ryan Powers, Class of 2011Jim Powers, Student Speaker, 2011

Jim is a Dedman Distinguished Scholar and Plan II and Government student from Houston, TX. He graduated from Memorial High School in 2007. He is the last in a long line of proud Longhorns: his parents and four siblings are all UT graduates, including three from Plan II. During his college career, he has served on the executive board of Texas Blazers, co-hosted a sports radio show on KVRX Austin, performed with the Plan II Chamber Music Society, and been selected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is particularly proud of his semester in the Normandy Scholar Program on World War II. Jim will continue his education next year at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.




Music Provided by Mariachi Estrella


The commencement convocation ceremony will be immediately followed by a light brunch reception in the Texas Union Ballroom.

Ticket information for Plan II Honors Convocation:

  • Graduating Plan II Honors graduating seniors do NOT need a ticket for the Plan II Honors Graduation Convocation.
  • All other guests must have a ticket to enter the Hogg Memorial Auditorium.
  • Disregard ''balcony'' or ''orchestra'' designation on tickets:
  • Seating is ''first-come, first-seated.''
  • The doors to Hogg Auditorium will not open until 8:30 am.
  • Each graduating senior may pick up SIX (6) tickets for family and guests, from APRIL 25 THROUGH MAY 6, at the Plan II Honors Program office front desk.
  • Each senior will be asked to sign for the number of tickets he/she picks up.
  • Tickets will not be reserved for seniors who do not pick up tickets on or before the deadline. 
  • Because we will not have more tickets than available seats, we hope seniors will not pick up more tickets than they expect to use. Please do not pick up six tickets if you know you will only have 4 or 5 guests!
  • On MAY 9 to May 13, all remaining Plan II Honors Graduation Convocation tickets will be released on a ''first-come, first-served'' basis to those seniors who expect more than 6 guests.  If you show up and tickets are available, you can get them.  If you show up late and they are gone....that’s that.

NOTA BENE: Graduating seniors who walk in the evening University-wide ceremony on Saturday night DO need a ticket.


SENIORS MUST ARRIVE at FAC 21 at 8:00 am (EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!) on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

FAC 21 is the auditorium at ground level on the Texas Union side of the Flawn Academic Center. You may enter through the glass doors off the Union patio (across from Wendy's) or from the 1st floor lobby of the FAC (at entrance to Undergraduate Library) go down the stairs at the east end (Union-side end) of the lobby.

Give your family/guests their tickets BEFORE SATURDAY!  You will not be with them for at least one hour prior to the ceremony.

Do not bring any items that will not fit in your pockets or a small purse that can tuck under your gown. There is NO place to leave items during the ceremony-- the room will not be "manned" or locked and you will NOT return to this room after commencement.

Do not bring items for your guests/family members: you will not see each other before the ceremony.


The most convenient parking for the Plan II Graduation Convocation should be readily available in UT Parking Garage #2 on San Antonio Street (one block west of Guadalupe Street) between 24th Street and 25th Street.  On May 21 and May 22 no permits are required and no charges will be incurred at University garages.

Guest drop-off for seniors and those with disabilites is possible at the front door of Hogg Memorial Auditorium. There is very limited disabled parking at Hogg Auditorium on Saturday, May 22. If driving east on 24th Street, turn right at Inner Campus Drive and right again at the Yield Sign at the turtle pond. This will take you to the front of the Hogg Memorial Auditorium where you may drop-off guests before parking at another spot. You must mention ''Plan II Honors commencement at Hogg Auditorium'' to the guard to be allowed entrance to the inner campus area.

Cap and Gowns:

University Co-op   Bachelors Regalia Set (cap, gown, stole, and tassel):  $49.98

March 3:  Graduation Department Opens in the Co-op Outlet

May 14:  Last day for Bachelors students to purchase regalia.

Special Needs: 

Special services are available to accommodate needs for individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodations adaptive equipment, please contact Jennifer Scalora (512 471-1442) at least five days prior to Commencement activities. Campus resources and a map with details of accessibility on campus are available at Disability Resources Home. 

Students needing accommodations should also notify Jennifer Scalora (512 471-1442) and work with Services for Students with Disabilities (512 471-6259; TTY 512 471-4641).

Invitations and Announcements:

Printed invitations and announcements for mailing to family and friends may be ordered from the University Co-op at each of its three locations. Commencement invitations and announcements should be purchased by MONDAY, MAY 2 and mailed by FRIDAY, MAY 6 to ensure delivery."

University Co-op

Theyhave a wide variety of package sizes, students may purchase personalized invitations as low as $10.00 for a set of 10.  Turn-around time is 2-5 business days.  We recommend students send invitations out to arrive at least 2 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Students may shop online at, or visit:
-Graduation Department in the Co-op Outlet
2304 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
800-255-1896 option 7

-Co-op East
2902 Medical Arts
Austin, TX 78705

The 128th University of Texas Commencement 2011

You are invited to the university-wide Commencement ceremony on Saturday evening, May 21, an occasion rich in ceremonial elements and tradition. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will be the Commencement speaker.

For information on graduation activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, please visit:

(cool videos of previous commencements & fireworks)

The College of Liberal Arts


Information for Visitors Coming from Outside of Austin

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