UT Commencement 2001   General Information

Tickets for Programs

Tickets are required for many of the programs throughout the weekend for both degree candidates and their guests. 

Many College/School/Department programs require tickets for guests to ensure their safety due to increasing participation.   Degree candidates should check with their representatives for details.

Tickets are required for all persons participating in the Grand Processional for the Main Commencement Ceremony at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Tickets are for degree candidates only and are free of charge. No tickets are required for guests. Tickets are not available by phone. They must be picked up in person by presenting a UT ID.

Processional Tickets may be picked up beginning Tuesday, May 1 at:

The Performing Arts Center Box Office
(23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive)
Open 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Special hours Friday, May 18th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

and the

Frank Erwin Center Red River Box Office
(1701 Red River)
Open 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Grand Procession

All Degree candidates participating in the Grand Procession for the Main Commencement Ceremony should plan to arrive at the Littlefield Fountain marshaling area at 7:30 p.m.

Academic Dress

Academic regalia for degree candidates is traditional for college, school, and department ceremonies and the University-wide Commencement.  Academic regalia is available for purchase from the University Co-op at each of its three locations:  2244 Guadalupe (512-476-7211, Ext. 8210); 2902 Medical Arts (512-472-6156); and 2237 East Riverside (512-447-4376) or via the web at www.coop-bookstore.com.

Undergraduates should purchase regalia by May 1 to be assured of a stole in the color of their college or school.  The deadline for renting Ph.D. regalia is May 1.  Law students may wear the traditional sunflower attire.

Services for Students and Visitors with Disabilities

Special services are available to accommodate needs for individuals with disabilities at all Commencement programs.  Persons requiring these services are asked to contact the offices listed below prior to their arrival at the Commencement activities. 

For information on services for the University-wide ceremony on Saturday evening, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at (512) 471-6259 or by TDD at (512) 471-4641 prior to 5:00 p.m. on May 18.  On Saturday, May 19 information is available by calling the University Police Department at (512) 471-4441 or by TDD (512) 471-4777.

For information on services for ceremonies at the Frank Erwin Center, please call 471-7744.  For information on services for ceremonies at the Performing Arts Center and Hogg Auditorium, please call the PAC Patron Services Office at  471-0610.  For other venues, please consult the attached schedule and contact the coordinators listed directly.

Invitations and Announcements

Printed invitations and announcements for mailing to family and friends may be ordered from the University Co-op at each of its three locations:  2244 Guadalupe (512-476-7211, Ext. 8210); 2902 Medical Arts (512-472-6156); and 2237 East Riverside (512-447-4376) or via the web at www.coop-bookstore.com.


Parking for all Commencement activities is free in designated areas throughout the weekend on a first-come, first-serve basis.  On Friday, University parking garages at Manor Road and Dedman Drive, at MLK and Speedway, and at 27th Street and Speedway will be available in addition to campus lots marked “C Parking.”  On Saturday, University parking garages are available at 24th and San Jacinto, 25th and San Antonio,  27th and University, MLK and Speedway, Manor Road and Dedman Drive, 27th Street and Speedway, and most surface lots.  Additional parking information is available on the web at http://www.utexas.edu/business/parking/.

University Housing

Degree candidates living in University residence halls may request to stay on campus in a central location through the night of Saturday, May 19.  Information will be mailed about the arrangements.

Commemorative Texas Style™ Commencement Items

T-shirts, a video of the University-wide Commencement ceremony, Tower fireworks photo, as well as other commemorative items will available for purchase via the Internet.

Call for Graduates’ Stories

Degree candidates, are invited to respond to a few questions about their UT experiences for possible use in Commencement publications. For an online questionnaire, visit our web page at http://www.utexas.edu/commencement/2001/stories.html

Area Accommodations

Guests requesting information on hotel and motel availability should contact the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.austintexas.org or by telephone at (512) 478-0098 or 1-800-926-2282.

General Information

For more information on Commencement 2001 activities, please telephone the Office of University Relations at (512) 471-7753.  On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, information centers will be located around campus offering schedules, maps, listings for campus museum and gallery attractions, and details on food and beverage services, campus stores, remote telecasts for the Saturday evening Commencement, and other Commencement information.

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17 May 2001
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