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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 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 9:00 am in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium. Reception follows in the San Jacinto Dormitory, 21st & San Jacinto.

Commencement Speaker: 

Aurora Lora graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Plan II Honors and Psychology. 

After graduation, she joined the battle to fight for educational equity by signing up to teach at an under-resourced school through Teach For America. 

During her four years as a fourth grade teacher at Ryan Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District, she helped her students make significant academic gains and wrote a $40,000 grant to start an after-school program for 4th and 5th graders. 

She was named “Teacher of the Year” and became the subject of a book written by Teach For America entitled “Ms. Lora’s Story” which has been used as a training tool for Teach For America corps members across the country. 

In 2004, she entered the Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard University. 

After completing her doctoral coursework and superintendent internship, she served as a middle school principal in Portland, Oregon and then became the founder and administrator of the Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women, a public all-girls middle and high school in Portland that opened in September 2007. 

She currently lives in Seattle, Washington and serves as the Executive Director for PK-12 Schools in Seattle Public Schools.

Plan II Honors Chad Oliver Teaching Award Recipient:  

The Chad Oliver Award recipient is chosen by a committee of students and presented each year to a Plan II professor for excellence in teaching.  The award’s namesake was a much-loved professor in Social Science 301 and Plan II alumnus of the Harry Ransom years.

Ruth Buskirk is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences.

Ruth earned her A.B. at Earlham College, M.A. at Harvard University, and Ph.D. at the University of California at Davis. Her research on behavior and physiology includes work of orb-weaving spiders, dragonflies, baboons, and unusual animal behavior before earthquakes. She has taught biology courses at the University of Texas at Austin for 25 years and clearly, she is a favorite of the Plan II Class of 2012.

Student Speaker:  Natalie Butler , Class of 2012

Natalie Butler is graduating this weekend with degrees in Plan II Honors, Government, and Communication Studies.  She is originally from Clovis New Mexico, and went to school in Tempe, Arizona before moving to Austin to attend UT.
Since her freshman year, Natalie has been involved in Student Government, and she has enjoyed serving as the Student Body President at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2011-2012 Administration.  Natalie is also a member of Orange Jackets and other campus organizations.  

Natalie is passionate about service and civic engagement, and she wrote her Plan II Senior thesis about high school government classes and how they impact the way young people view voting and civic participation. After graduation, she will work in Dallas next year doing management consulting for the Boston Consulting Group, and eventually plans to attend law school.  


SENIORS MUST ARRIVE at the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 21 at 8:00 am (EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!)
Saturday, May 19, 2012.

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 west 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 graduation robe. 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 carry a bunch of junk in your arms or over your shoulder as you walk across the stage.  

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


We would like to invite each of you to our commencement reception honoring our Plan II graduates immediately following this ceremony. Students, parents, and faculty can relax and greet one another over a light brunch buffet. 

This year, the Reception is being held in the San Jacinto Dormitory at San Jacinto and 21st streets.

Walking Directions Map from Hogg Auditorium to San Jacinto Dorm

This is a bit of a walk (sorry, the Texas Union is closed for renovations this year) but there will be students along the way to help guide you to the reception.  We also have a few golf cart style shuttles for those of you who need some help getting around.

View Plan II Graduation Reception Directions in a larger map


All the UT parking garages are free on Saturday. 

The San Antonio UT Parking Garage (24th and San Antonio) is the closest parking to the Commencement Ceremony Hogg Auditorium.  Map

The Brazos Garage () is the closest to the Reception at the San Jacinto Dorm.  Map


If you plan to participate in the University-wide ceremony, YOU MUST PICK UP A TICKET to line up and participate in the Grand Procession. Tickets will be collected. Without a ticket, you will not be guaranteed a seat. Pick up your free ticket with your UT student ID up to Saturday at 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Texas Performing Arts Box Office
(23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive)
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Special hours Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frank Erwin Center Red River Box Office
(1701 Red River Street)
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Special hours Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All graduates line up south of Littlefield Fountain between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Staff and posted signs will direct you to your assembly location in this area. The Grand Procession begins at 8 p.m. You will be grouped by college/school and proceed up the South Mall to the Main Mall where you will be seated.

Although current weather predictions for Saturday evening are generally favorable, the situation could change unexpectedly. The ceremony will not move from the Main Mall if there is severe weather. You and your guests are encouraged to review inclement weather plans in advance at:

Should there be changes to the regularly scheduled program, they will be announced through a number of university communication channels.

The College of Liberal Arts

Information for Visitors Coming from Outside of Austin

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