SECURITY INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Backpacks, tote bags or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into any of the Commencement venues. This applies to college, school and departmental ceremonies as well as the University-wide Commencement ceremony at the Tower. The current policy prohibiting coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs and large strollers also remains in effect. In addition, all other bags, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags will be searched by security officers before visitors are permitted to enter the South, Main, East and West Malls for the University-wide ceremony. These smaller bags are also subject to search at the college, school and departmental ceremonies.
We strongly urge all attendees not to bring bags to any of the ceremonies unless they are absolutely necessary. Those visitors bringing smaller bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue and those with the prohibited larger bags will be turned away. Please plan accordingly and do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.
All spring undergraduate degree candidates must meet their degree requirements and apply to graduate by April 1, 2013. Participation in the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony does not constitute graduation from The University of Texas at Austin.
Students can apply to graduate starting Jan. 31, 2013. To apply to graduate, go to the Graduation Section of our website and click on “Application.” Complete Liberal Arts commencement information will be emailed to each student.
The College of Liberal Arts hosts nine commencement ceremonies. Students should attend the ceremony applicable to their major. The Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony is intended for those majors not represented by a department ceremony. Students with more than one major may choose to attend multiple ceremonies or attend one ceremony and have all of their majors read. All students are also invited to attend the university-wide ceremony.
Questions regarding ceremonies should be directed to the department contact listed below. Most department commencement websites will not be updated until after spring break.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Government, Gregory Gym, 8:30 a.m.
Jenna Bacorn, 512-232-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony, Erwin Center, 11:30 a.m.
Tess Pepmiller, 512-471-7352, email@example.com
ROTC Joint Commissioning, Bates Recital Hall, 3 p.m.
Gina May, 512-471-5639, firstname.lastname@example.org
History, Bass Concert Hall, 6 p.m.
History Advising Office, 512-471-7670, email@example.com
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Economics, Gregory Gym, 9 a.m.
Michelle Calkum, 512-475-8507, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan II*, Hogg Auditorium, 9 a.m.
Phillip Dubov, 512-471-1442, email@example.com
Center for Mexican American Studies, Student Activities Center, 10 a.m.
Natasha Saldana, 512-471-2134, firstname.lastname@example.org
English, Gregory Gym, 12:30 p.m.
Neal Ballard, 512-471-5736, email@example.com
Psychology, Gregory Gym, 3:30 p.m.
Ginger Baker, 512-471-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org
University-wide Ceremony, Main Mall, 8 p.m.
*Guest tickets required
During the Liberal Arts joint ceremony and department ceremonies, students will walk across the stage and have their name and major read. At the university-wide ceremony, students graduate by college or school; individual names and majors are not read.
Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for all ceremonies (except the ROTC Join Commissioning), and may be purchased from the University Co-op. Cap tassels and stoles for the College of Liberal Arts are white. The deadline to order regalia is May 10, 2013.
Services For Students And Guests With Disabilities
Students: Special services are available to accommodate the needs of degree candidates with disabilities who will be participating in commencement activities. Degree candidates who require accommodations due to a disability are asked to contact Tess Pepmiller at 512-471-7352 or email@example.com at least five days before the ceremony.
Guests: Guests with mobility issues should enter the Frank Erwin Center through Red River Street entrance. Ushers will be at these doors to help them to the elevator and seating. One person can enter the Erwin Center with the guest with mobility issues. Cell phones will work in the Erwin Center, so the person parking the car will be able to contact their family/friends in the Erwin Center.
Guests with hearing impairments should contact Tess Pepmiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-471-7352 at least five days before the ceremony.
ArrivalEnter the Erwin Center through the Red River Street entrance. Please arrive at the Lone Star Room in the Erwin Center at 10:30 a.m. to check in with a Liberal Arts staff member and obtain a name card (which will be read as you cross the stage).
During the CeremonyDo not bring any valuables that you cannot carry with you at all times, as you will not be able to leave anything in the preparation room. A professional photographer will take your picture as you cross the stage. Information on ordering photographs will be included in the commencement program.
Air horns are not allowed in the Erwin Center. Ushers will check for air horns and if found, they will be confiscated.
ParkingInformation regarding parking can be found on the Frank Erwin Center’s website.
The College of Liberal Arts will be broadcasting its commencement ceremony live over the Internet on Friday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. CST. Please return to this page for the webcast, which will begin to air at 11 a.m. the day of the ceremony.
The university-wide commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 8 p.m., on the Main Mall.
Students must have tickets for the university-wide ceremony. Seating for guests at the university-wide ceremony begins at 5 p.m. and is first-come, first-seated. Guests do not need tickets for this ceremony.
For more information on tickets, parking, and other ceremony details, please go to the spring 2013 commencement website.