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May 18, 2009

The Honorable Edward C. Prado to deliver keynote at the 2009 Sunflower Ceremony, May 23, 2009

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The Honorable Edward C. Prado, ’72

The 2009 Sunflower Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at the Frank Erwin, Jr., Special Events Center. University of Texas School of Law degree candidates, their families, and friends are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2009. The Honorable Edward C. Prado, a 1972 graduate of the UT School of Law, will deliver the keynote address.

The Honorable Edward C. Prado currently serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003. He served for almost twenty years as United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas, after his appointment to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1969 and received his JD degree from the School of Law in 1972.

Prado has been a leader in numerous bar associations and law-related organizations. He has been a member of the Texas and San Antonio Bar Associations since 1972, including service as president, and later director and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Prado served on the Texas State Bar Crime Victims Committee, and was appointed by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve as the chairman of the Criminal Justice Act Review Committee from 1991–1993.

Prado also has been actively involved in community and charitable affairs as a member in organizations such as: St. Mark’s Catholic Church, the Witte Museum Community Advisory Committee, the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, and Leadership San Antonio. Prado has also reached out to children in the San Antonio community by conducting events in his courtroom as an introduction to the law, and to the children of Austin by participating in a favorite annual event, the trial of Gold E. Locks, which is held every year as a part of “Explore UT.

The Sunflower Ceremony is the School of Law’s commencement, and is expected to last approximately two hours. No tickets will be issued; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is plenty of seating for family members and friends at the Erwin Center. A reception, sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association, will follow in the Susman Godfrey Atrium of the Law School. Everyone is welcome.

Related links:

For more information about Graduation and the Sunflower Ceremony, please visit the Sunflower Q&A

For more information about directions to and parking at the Erwin Center, please visit the Maps and Seating page on the Erwin Center website

For more information about directions to and parking at the School of Law, please visit the Parking at the Law School page on the Law School’s website

Rey Ramos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, UT Law, (512) 232-1313.