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LBJ School 2015 Commencement



The LBJ School 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Office of Graduate Studies convocation ceremony and the University-wide commencement ceremony. Please note that you must have already graduated or be a spring or summer 2015 degree candidate to participate in this ceremony.  EMPL students are also invited to participate in this ceremony.  Fall 2015 degree candidates may participate in the spring 2016 ceremony.


Thursday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.  Gather in SRH 3.124.  Mandatory rehearsal for all students participating in the May 23rd LBJ School commencement ceremony.

Class Photo

Thursday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. (immediately following rehearsal) at the Lady Bird Fountain
Dress comfortably for an outdoor group photo; formal attire not required.


Saturday, May 23, 11 a.m., Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium (Graduates gather in SRH 3.124 at 10 a.m.)
Students participating in ceremony must arrive and check in at the LBJ School, SRH 3.124, no later than 10 a.m.  Don’t forget to bring your cap, gown and hood.  Food, drink, and alcohol are not permitted.

Following the ceremony, please join Dean Hutchings on the plaza to celebrate the Class of 2015 with a champagne toast.

Please don’t bring any other items (purses, etc.) as there will be no place to safely store your belongings.
NOTE:  Hoods may only be worn by students who have completed all degree requirements for graduation.

Video of the May 2015 key note address will be posted on this website by June 1, 2015.

Dean’s Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 23,  5:30-7:00 p.m., LBJ School Lobby
Graduates and their families are invited to join Dean Hutchings, as well as LBJ faculty and staff, for a celebratory reception.  At 7:00 p.m., Dean Hutchings will lead a procession to the University-wide commencement ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. We encourage you to RSVP at LBJ Dean's Reception and The March on Main.

Cap, Gown and Hood

Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for students participating in the ceremony.  To order regalia and invitations and to review relevant deadlines, visit the University Co-Op either in person or online.

OSAP has a very limited number of caps and gowns to lend to students. These will be distributed to students on a first-come, first-served basis from Tuesday, April 28, through Friday, May 1, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in OSAP (SRH 3.104).  We do not have enough regalia for everyone, so please have a back-up plan. Students must pick up the gowns in person and are limited to one gown and one cap per person.  If you would like to donate your cap and gown for students to use after you graduate, please drop them off in the OSAP offices after the graduation ceremonies. 

Guest Tickets

For the LBJ Commencement Ceremony, tickets for your family and friends are NOT required.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Security Procedures

To assist with making your visit to campus safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures:

  • Backpacks, tote bags or any bag larger than 12 inches in dimension will not be allowed into any of the commencement venues.
  • All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags.
  • Those with larger prohibited bags will be turned away. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Limited parking is available for students and their family and friends in Lot 39; however, the LBJ School cannot guarantee parking for everyone. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Manor Garage (MAG), San Jacinto Garage (SJG), or any of the other seven university parking garages. For additional parking options, click here.

Lot 39 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Services for Graduates/Visitors with Disabilities

Special services, including sign-language interpretation, are available to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities at the LBJ School commencement ceremony. If you require special accommodations, please contact Kelly Pratlett at 512-232-4003, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least five days prior to arrival at the commencement activities.

Graduate Studies Convocation Ceremony

The Graduate School hosts a university-wide convocation ceremony at Bass Concert Hall to honor master's and doctoral graduates.  Details can be found at  LBJ students can attend both the LBJ School and the Graduate School ceremonies.  The Graduate School master's ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and the doctoral ceremony begins at 12 noon.  For master's students, the Graduate School has you at the top of the marching order, so after you have crossed the stage, you will leave the building and return to the LBJ School for our ceremony.  For doctoral students, you will attend the LBJ ceremony and after you walk across the stage, you will leave the building and go directly to the Graduate School ceremony.  Please note that you must contact Danielle Thoma with the Graduate School to confirm that you are eligible to participate in that ceremony.  Her contact information can be found at the link above.

University-Wide Commencement Ceremony

The university-wide commencement ceremony celebrates the cumulative accomplishments of graduates of The University of Texas at Austin, on the south mall of the UT Tower on the evening of Saturday, May 23.  Details can be found at

Student-led Commencement Week Activities

Saturday, 16 May Comal River Floating
Sunday, 17 May McKinney Falls State Park
Monday, 18 May Fredericksburg Winery & Deep Eddy Distillery
Tuesday, 19 May Hamilton Pool
Wednesday, 20 May Lake Austin Party Barge
Thursday, 21 May Storytelling with the Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC)

Class Gift

We are excited to announce the results of the vote on the 2015 Class Gift. It was a close race, and our class voted to fund a diversity fellowship endowment as our class gift.


Online –

Paper Pledge Form - contact Rachel Ciullo at (512) 471-3004 or

If you have any questions, contact Ariel Anib or Kevin McPherson.