2014 Plan II Commencement Convocation
Plan II Commencement Convocation Speaker: Daron K. Roberts
Daron Roberts is a former NFL coach who has been featured in ESPN the Magazine and Sports Illustrated. In the fall of his third year at Harvard Law School, Roberts decided to pursue a career in football coaching and wrote 164 letters to college and professional football teams. The Kansas City Chiefs offered Roberts a training camp internship for the 2007 season. After completing his internship, he joined the Chiefs in a volunteer capacity and was elevated to the position of assistant coach in 2008. That experience led to coaching stints with the West Virginia Mountaineers, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.
A native of East Texas, Roberts holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001), an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School (2004) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2007). A graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School (2001), Daron served as Class President all four years.
During his tenure at the University of Texas, Roberts was elected Student Government President. At the time, Texas was the largest public university in the United States. For his leadership, Roberts was awarded the university’s highest distinction – Most Outstanding Student in 2000.
Roberts has been recognized as one of the Harvard Kennedy School’s 75 Most Fascinating Alumni and the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders for cultivating a nonprofit football camp - 4th and 1, Inc. 4th and 1 offers free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to at-risk youth in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The camp has served over 300 students during the last five years.
Plan II Student Convocation Speaker: Harrison A. Harvey
Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award recipient: Neville Hoad, English
The Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award, Formerly known as the Plan II Teaching Award, was first awarded in 1990 to Chad Oliver, who was a graduate of Plan II in the Harry Ransom years and later, for many years, a much-loved professor in Social Science 301. On his retirement, students voted to name the award for him. This honor has recognized one outstanding professor each year for his or her excellence in teaching and dedication to Plan II. Each year, the Chad Oliver Teaching award recipient is announced at the spring Plan II Honors Graduation Convocation.
Neville Hoad, (Ph.D., 1998, Columbia University) teaches for the Department of English. He has taught the Plan II World Literature course to first-year students for six of the last eight years. His research interests include Victorian feminism; psychoanalysis (particularly Freud and Klein); contemporary feminist theory in French and English; lesbian and gay studies; queer theory; international human rights law pertaining to sexual orientations; sexuality and gender issues in Southern Africa. Dr. Hoad is originally from South Africa.
Find out more about the Chad Oliver award here.
Music Provided by Mariachi Estrella
GRADUATION INFORMATION:SENIORS MUST ARRIVE at the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 21 at 8:00 am (EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!) Saturday, May 17, 2014.
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.
WHAT TO TELL/GIVE YOUR FAMILY:
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.
The reception will be in the Ballroom of the Texas Union (http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/unb.html), just a few steps away from Hogg Auditorium.
PARKING: All the UT parking garages are free on Saturday.
The San Antonio UT Parking Garage (24th and San Antonio; Map: http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/sag.html) is the closest parking to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium (http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/hma.html)
SATURDAY EVENING UNIVERSITY-WIDE CEREMONY
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 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 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 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ASSEMBLY AREA FOR GRAND PROCESSION
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.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
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.