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2014 Spring Commencement Information

All spring undergraduate degree candidates must meet their degree requirements and apply to graduate by March 31, 2014. 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 January 30, 2014. To apply to graduate, go to the Graduation Section of our website for the Application process . Some students may need to apply to graduate in person in GEB 2.306. 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 16, 2014

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

Jenna Bacorn, 512-232-7259

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

Carmen Hoffman, 512-232-5749 

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

Elaine Vianello, 512-471-7649

History, Bass Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

History Advising Office, 512-471-7670

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Economics, Gregory Gym, 9 a.m.

Michelle Calkum, 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

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

Neal Ballard, 512-471-5736

Psychology, Gregory Gym, 3:30 p.m.

Selina Yanez, 512-471-5175

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 graduate by college or school; individual names and majors are not read.


Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for all ceremonies (except ROTC Joint 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 9, 2014.

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 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Guest seating will open at 10:30 a.m. Commencement usually lasts approximately two hours.


Enter 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 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 air horns and if found, they will be confiscated.

Parking and Directions

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

**Please note that the area around the Erwin Center is under construction and we are expecting heavy traffic delays. Please see the map below for parking and accessibility information.**


Live Webcast

The College of Liberal Arts will be broadcasting its commencement ceremony live over the Internet on Friday, May 16, 2014, 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.

The Liberal Arts Commencement ceremony can also be viewed here

Services For Students And Guests With Disabilities


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 email Carmen Hoffman or call at 512-232-5749 at least five days before the ceremony.


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 Red River Street entrance 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 email Carmen Hoffman or call at 512-232-5749 at least five days before the ceremony.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

The university-wide commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 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 email Carmen Hoffman or call at 512-232-5749.