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Commencement 2012

Schedule

Students earning graduate degrees are invited to their master's or doctoral Graduate School convocations on Saturday, May 19. In addition, those colleges, schools and departments noted below with an asterisk (*) include graduate degree candidates, along with undergraduate degree candidates, in their ceremonies.

Friday May 18, Convocation Schedule
Saturday, May 19, Convocation Schedule
University-wide Commencement Ceremony
Other Celebrations

Friday, May 18, 2012
College, School and Department Convocations

  8 a.m. McCombs School of Business (Undergraduate Ceremony)
Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Jason Sick (512) 471-2103
  8:30 a.m. College of Pharmacy
Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Sharla Brewer (512) 475-9753
  9 a.m. Department of Government*
College of Liberal Arts
Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Amy Chi (512) 232-7259
  11:30 a.m. College of Liberal Arts
Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Stephanie Hollub (512) 471-4141

All liberal arts students are invited to participate in the liberal arts commencement ceremony; seven departments also have their own ceremonies. Majors with separate ceremonies are government, history, economics, Plan II, Mexican American Studies, English, and psychology. The dates/times for these ceremonies are listed separately in the schedule. All other majors will participate in the College of Liberal Arts ceremony.

  Noon College of Education
Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Angie Martinez (512) 471-3486
  Noon School of Nursing*
Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Christina Jarvis (512) 232-4799
  3 p.m. Joint ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Commissioning Location: Bates Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Jessica Mahoney (512) 232-3336
  3 p.m.

Master in Professional Accounting (MPA)
McCombs School of Business

Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Madeline Chauvin (512) 471-6559

  3:30 p.m. College of Communication
Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Cindy Patiño (512) 471-1553
  3 p.m. College of Fine Arts
Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Marie Du Mond (512) 475-7032
  6 p.m. Department of History*
College of Liberal Arts

Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Nancy Sutherland (512) 471-7670
  6 p.m. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Recognition Ceremony
McCombs School of Business

Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Jaime Bandy (512) 471-1618
  7 p.m. Cockrell School of Engineering*
Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Mary Durst (512) 471-1166

*Ceremony includes graduate and undergraduate students.


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Saturday, May 19, 2012
College, School and Department Convocations

  8 a.m. College of Natural Sciences
(All majors except the School of Biological Sciences
and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Holly Hunt (512) 232-1079
  9 a.m. Department of Economics*
College of Liberal Arts

Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Prudence Ching (512) 475-8507
  9 a.m. Graduate School (Master’s Degree Candidates)
Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Cathy White (512) 232-3617
  9 a.m. Plan II Honors Program
College of Liberal Arts

Convocation Location: Hogg Auditorium
Contact: Phillip Dubox (512) 471-2960
Note: Tickets are required.
  10 a.m. Center for Mexican American Studies*
College of Liberal Arts

Convocation Location: Student Activities Center Auditorium, 1.402
Contact: Natasha Saldaña (512) 471-2134
  11 a.m. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Convocation Location: LBJ Auditorium
Contact: Kelly Pratlett (512) 471-4003
  Noon School of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural Sciences

Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Holly Hunt (512) 232-1079
  Noon Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC)
Convocation Location: Amphitheatre, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Contact: Amanda Zimmerman (512) 471-4700
  Noon Graduate School (Doctor's Degree Candidates)
Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Cathy White (512) 232-3617
  12:30 p.m. Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Neal Ballard (512) 471-5736
  3 p.m. School of Architecture*
Convocation Location: Hogg Auditorium
Contact: Shannon Harris (512) 475-6015
Note: Tickets are required
  3 p.m. Jackson School of Geosciences*
Convocation Location: Bates Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Erin Negron (512) 471-5870
  3 p.m. School of Social Work*
Convocation Location: Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center
Contact: Julie Cunniff (512) 471-0562
  3:30 p.m. School of Law
Convocation Location: Frank Erwin Center
Contact: Reymundo Ramos (512) 232-1313
  3:30 p.m. Department of Psychology*
College of Liberal Arts

Convocation Location: Gregory Gymnasium
Contact: Abby Black (512) 471-4410
  4 p.m. School of Information
Convocation Location: Amphitheatre, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Contact: Terry Giles (512) 471-2608
 

*Ceremony includes graduate and undergraduate students.


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129th Spring University-wide Commencement

 

  6:30 p.m. The University of Texas at Austin Steel Pan Ensemble
  7 p.m. Carillon Prelude
 
7:20 p.m.
Commencement Concert
The University of Texas at Austin Chamber Singers
The University of Texas at Austin Concert Chorale
The University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble
  8 p.m. Grand Procession of Degree Candidates
   

Commencement Ceremony
Bill Powers., President
Presiding

Commencement Address
Robert M. Gates

Presentation of Degree Candidates
Deans of the Colleges and Schools

Conferring of Degrees
Illumination of the Tower in orange honoring degree candidates

Grand Finale

"The Eyes of Texas"
Fireworks Celebration

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Please note important information regarding inclement weather.


Other Celebrations

In addition to official convocation and graduation ceremonies, there are other celebrations hosted by organizations, student groups and university units honoring graduating students in a number of ways, including special ceremonies, awards banquets and receptions.  Those celebrations include:

May 17
6 - 9 p.m.
Texas Evening MBA Class of 2012 Family Dinner
McCombs School of Business

A family-style dinner at Scholz Garten will be held to help celebrate the conclusion of three years of hard work. The dinner is a casual event for TEMBA graduates and guests with great food and drink. TEMBA student and faculty awards will be announced.
Location: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Avenue
Contact: Rebecca Gutierrez (512) 232-5420.

May 18
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Great Texas Exit
Texas Exes
Graduates are invited to bring their family and friends to the Great Texas Exit at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center to celebrate their big day with a complimentary champagne toast and light snacks. With unique Longhorn decor and photo opportunities, the Great Texas Exit is the perfect place to toast your future and The University of Texas at Austin. Bevo, Smokey the Cannon and Hook ’em will visit the Alumni Center during the day. You can also register to be a Life Member of Texas Exes and save $200.
Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto (across from stadium)
Contact: Katie Lauck
May 18
8 - 10 p.m.

Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth and Texas MBA at Houston Graduation Celebration McCombs School of Business
Texas MBA at DFW & Texas MBA at Houston Class of 2012 graduates and their guests are invited to a post-graduation dinner.
Location: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Avenue
Contact: Jamie Bandy (512) 471-1618.

May 18
8:30 p.m.

Executive MBA at Mexico City Graduation Dinner
McCombs School of Business

Executive MBA at Mexico City graduates and their guests are invited to a post-graduation dinner.
Location: AT&T Executive Education and Conference - Courtyard
Contact: Mackenzie Snyder (512) 232 – 7664.

May 19
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Great Texas Exit
Texas Exes
Graduates are invited to bring their family and friends to the Great Texas Exit at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center to celebrate their big day with a complimentary champagne toast and light snacks. With unique Longhorn decor and photo opportunities, the Great Texas Exit is the perfect place to toast your future and The University of Texas at Austin. Bevo, Smokey the Cannon and Hook ’em will visit the Alumni Center during the day. You can also register to be a Life Member of Texas Exes and save $200.
Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto (across from stadium)
Contact: Katie Lauck