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Spring Commencement
Commencement 2012

I invite you to join us for the 129th Spring Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin. Our Commencement ceremony is one of the most uplifting and enjoyable events I have ever experienced. Graduating students celebrate their achievements in front of the Tower with classmates, family and friends. It is a memorable evening filled with music, tradition, and spectacular fireworks.

As a university, cultivating the mind is our mission, duty, and honor. Our motto – “A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy” – reminds us of this responsibility to society. To cultivate minds is to help students think in subtle and complex ways, to teach them the scientific method, to spark their interest in the lessons of history, and to make them conversant in our own culture and that of others. It means forming the habit of investigation and discovery and practicing skills required for effective communication and leadership. Most importantly, a cultivated mind is one inspired to lifelong learning.

For our graduates, commencement marks a milestone in the development of a cultivated mind. As they begin new lives of accomplishment, we celebrate our graduates’ success and the unlimited possibilities before them.

I congratulate our graduates and offer my sincere appreciation to parents, friends and family members for their roles in shaping the lives of these extraordinary students. 

Bill Powers, President
The University of Texas at Austin



William Powers Jr.

Bill Powers, President
The University of Texas at Austin