Welcome from the Provost
Commencement is an academic ritual with rich traditions and a deep sense of community. It is a celebration of the shared experience of education, involving all those who play crucial roles in the process: students, parents, families, friends and faculty.
We invite every faculty member to join us in this remarkable celebration. The ceremonial role of the faculty in Commencement is symbolic of the breadth and depth of this University’s talent and expertise. The colorful and distinctive regalia of our faculty demonstrates our diversity of educational backgrounds. Your participation in this ritual expresses your commitment to your students and to the tradition that means so much to them and their families.
So please join us for this year’s Commencement ceremonies. And thank you for sharing your talent and passion with the class of 2012. They represent the 129th graduating class in the long tradition of Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin.
Steven W. Leslie
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin