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2015 Spring Commencement Information

All spring undergraduate degree candidates must meet their degree requirements and apply to graduate by
May 8, 2015. Participation in the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony does not constitute graduation from The University of Texas at Austin.

Currently enrolled students can apply to graduate starting February 5, 2015. 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.

Spring Ceremony Information

The College of Liberal Arts hosts nine commencement ceremonies. Students are encouraged to 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 22, 2015

Government, Gregory Gym, 8:30 a.m.

Jenna Bacorn, 512-232-7259

History*, Hogg Auditorium, 10 a.m.

History Advising Office, 512-471-7670

Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony, Erwin Center, 11:30 a.m.

Tess Pepmiller, 512-471-7352

ROTC Joint Commissioning, Bates Recital Hall, 3 p.m.

Nan Bradford-Reid, 512-471-1776

English, Bass Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

Neal Ballard, 512-471-5736

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Economics, Gregory Gym, 9 a.m.

Katherine Foster, 512-475-8507

Plan II*, Hogg Auditorium, 9 a.m.

Phillip Dubov, 512-471-2960

Center for Mexican American Studies, Student Activities Center, 10 a.m.

Natasha Saldana, 512-471-2134

Psychology, Gregory Gym, 12:30 p.m.

Whitney Faulkner, 512-232-4269

University-wide Ceremony, Main Mall, 8 p.m.

*Guest tickets required

Ceremony Recognition

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 are asked to stand by college or school; individual names and majors are not read.


Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for all ceremonies (except the ROTC Joint Commissioning) and may be purchased from the University Co-op. Caps, tassels, and stoles for all programs in the College of Liberal Arts are white. The deadline to order regalia is May 15, 2015.

Liberal Arts Joint Commencement Ceremony

The Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River Street, on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Guest seating will open at 10:30 a.m. Commencement lasts approximately two hours.


Enter the Erwin Center through the Red River Street (west) entrance. Though the road will be blocked to vehicles, the pedestrian entrance is open. 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 Ceremony

Do 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 and confiscate air horns.


Information regarding parking can be found on the Frank Erwin Center’s website and The University of Texas at Austin’s commencement website.

Live Webcast

The College of Liberal Arts will be broadcasting its commencement ceremony live over the Internet on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. CST. Please return to this webpage for the broadcast, which will begin to air at 11 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Services For Students And Guests With Disabilities


Special services are available to accommodate the needs of degree candidates with disabilities who will be participating the commencement activities. Degree candidates who require accommodations due to a disability are asked to contact Tess Pepmiller at 512-471-7352 at least five days before the ceremony.


Guests with hearing impairments should contact Tess Pepmiller at 512-471-7352 at least five days before the ceremony.

For guests will mobility considerations, drop-off is allowed at the northern entrance to the Frank Erwin Center by using Lot 118 off Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. off I-35 Frontage Rd. A map is on the Frank Erwin Center website.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

The university-wide commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 23, 2015, 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 


If you have questions regarding commencement, please contact Tess Pepmiller at 512-471-7352.