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Q: When and where will the Sunflower Ceremony be held?
A: The ceremony will start at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Frank Erwin Center (1701 Red River). Ceremony participants must enter through the Red River entrance and assemble in the Lone Star Room by 2:45 p.m. Only ceremony participants, persons in wheelchairs, and those needing assistance will be allowed to enter though the Red River entrance.

Q: Do I need to buy tickets or reserve seating?
A: No. Seating at the Sunflower Ceremony is first-come, first-seated. There will be plenty of seats available, so invite everyone you know!

Q: Who may participate in the ceremony?
A: December 2013 and May and August 2014 JD and LLM graduates may participate. JDs, then LLMs are recognized in alphabetical order. Diplomas are not handed out. Visiting students may not participate.

Q: How do I order invitations for my guests?
A:
Invitations can be ordered at the University Co-Op. To ensure that your announcements and invitations arrive in time, please order no later than Monday, April 28, 2014. Visit www.universitycoop.com for online order forms, or visit The Co-Op East.

Q: What is the proper attire for graduates?
A: Traditional Law School academic regalia is business attire. "Business attire" means what you would wear in the courtroom. The Sunflower Ceremony is a formal event commemorating your graduation from a professional school; additionally, there are always many prestigious guests in attendance.  While white suits have been a longstanding tradition from the Law School’s beginning, business suits and professional dress of any hue are appropriate "business attire" for both men and women.  Business attire does not mean business casual. Flip flops and non-professional shoes are not appropriate.  Coat and tie are required for men.  Dresses and blouses with spaghetti straps, small straps, or straps of any kind are not appropriate courtroom attire for women.  Sleeveless dresses walk the line; a jacket is always appropriate if you’re unsure.  All students are asked to use good professional judgment.  Shorts or other casual clothing are not appropriate for the Sunflower Ceremony.

Q: Can my children walk across the stage with me as I receive my sunflower?
A: Yes. Your children may wait in a designated area near the southeast corner of the arena to join you as your row approaches the stage.

Q: Will professional photographs be taken?
A: Yes.  More information will be available soon.

Q: Where should I park?
A: Recommended parking areas are at the northwest corner of MLK and Red River (Lot 80) and Trinity Garage at the southeast corner of MLK and Trinity.  Guests should enter the Trinity Garage from Trinity Street, driving north from 15th St.  Red River is closed to through traffic because of construction.  A parking map is available here

Q: What disability accommodations exist?
A: Red River will be open to cars dropping off guests in wheelchairs or otherwise in need of assistance.  Guests can be dropped off early and enter the Erwin Center through the Red River Street entrance. Drivers should then proceed to Trinity Garage or Lot 80.  Ushers will assist and direct persons to a special seating area, where they will wait for the rest of their party. Additional disability accommodation requests should be made at least five days prior to Commencement activities. While every effort will be made, the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.

Q: What else do I need to do to graduate?
A: All graduates must have completed an Application for Graduation (Due 5 pm on Monday, March 24, 2014), and must have completed sufficient hours to graduate.

Q: How long will the ceremony last?
A: The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours.

Q: Will food/refreshments be provided?
A: Following the ceremony, a reception sponsored by the Alumni Association will be held in the Susman Godfrey Atrium. Everyone is welcome.

Q: Should I attend the UT commencement?
A: The university-wide ceremony is also on Saturday, May 17, in front of the UT Tower at 8 p.m. Graduates are recognized by college/school. The traditional academic (cap and gown) or law school regalia (business attire, a suit, what you would wear in the courtroom) must be worn. A processional ticket for the graduate is needed for this ceremony. Tickets are for degree candidates only and are free of charge. Visit the University-wide Commencement website for more information.