The 116th Spring Commencement
The University of Texas at Austin

"The heart of The University"

University-wide Commencement
Saturday, May 22, 1999
Ceremonies and Celebrations
From Friday, May 21, through Sunday, May 23, 1999

To Spring 1999 Graduates and Families:

     In May, beneath the great Tower of The University of Texas at Austin, we will celebrate the graduation of the Class of 1999. Commencement is the most important of the academic rituals that define the culture of the institution. It is a moment to reflect on individual achievement, collective experience, lasting values, and a vision of the future.

     This is a special year in the life of The University because we are reopening the observation deck of the UT Tower. Its designer, architect Paul Cret, wrote in 1931 that the Tower was to transcend its role as a library and repository of human knowledge to become "the image in our memory when we think of the place." Cret also aspired for the structure to serve as "the heart of The University." Indeed, the Tower has become the most powerful symbol of higher education in our state, and we are proud to share it with all Texans.

     Please join us as we pay tribute to our graduates. Families, friends, faculty, and the rest of The University community will gather to salute the achievements and the bright future of the Class of 1999.


Larry R. Faulkner

Introduction Overview Schedule Commencement Address Information Grad Stories

10 June 1999
The University of Texas at Austin
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