LBJ School 2016 Commencement
The LBJ School 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, 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 2016 degree candidate to participate in this ceremony. EMPL students are also invited to participate in this ceremony. Fall 2016 degree candidates may participate in the spring 2017 ceremony.
Thursday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. Gather in SRH 3.124. Mandatory rehearsal for all students participating in the May 21st LBJ School commencement ceremony.
Thursday, May 19, 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 21, 11 a.m., Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium (Graduates gather in SRH 3.124 at 10 a.m.)
Students participating in the 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 the Dean on the plaza to celebrate the Class of 2016 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.
Saturday, May 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m., LBJ School Lobby
Graduates and their families are invited to join Dean Angela Evans, as well as LBJ faculty and staff, for a celebratory reception. This event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested at LBJ Dean's Commencement Reception.
At 7:00 p.m., the Dean will lead a procession to the University-wide commencement ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m.
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.
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 26, through Friday, April 29, 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.
All guests must have a ticket to enter the Lady Bird Johnson auditorium because seating is limited. Each graduate may claim up to four (4) guest tickets, and you must be registered to participate in the graduation ceremony before you can pick up tickets. Please reserve only the number of tickets you will use. If there are tickets left over after all participating students have reserved tickets, we will have a process for students to obtain additional tickets. Students participating in the graduation ceremony will receive an email with a link to sign up to participate and also reserve guest tickets.
Beginning Wednesday, May 4, tickets for the LBJ School commencement ceremony will be available for pickup in the Dean’s Office (SRH 3.384A) between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday. If you registered for tickets via the graduation survey, the tickets you requested will be bundled and waiting for you. Please note:
- All tickets must be picked up in person. We will not distribute to a proxy.
- Tickets must be picked up by 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 19.
- You must provide your UTEID and signature when picking up tickets.
- This program is sold out. Please consider returning any unneeded tickets to the Dean’s Office or sharing them with students you know need additional tickets.
- Extra unclaimed tickets (4 max per graduate) will be available first-come, first-served for pick up at the same time.
- Any unclaimed tickets AFTER May 19 will be made available first-come, first-served at a Will Call table in front of the LBJ Auditorium beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 21.
- Guests without a ticket may view the ceremony via closed circuit television at a designated overflow area in Bass Lecture Hall (LBJ 2.104).
Please contact Lovdy Grossman (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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.
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 Eileen Dunn at 512-232-4010, 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 (Note: this information will not be updated for the 2016 ceremony until around March 2016 - http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/student_services/convocation/.) 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 21. Details can be found at (Note: this information will not be updated until around March 2016 - http://events.utexas.edu/commencement/spring/graduates.)
Student-led Commencement Week Activities
To be Announced
The Class of 2016 Diversity Fellowship Excellence Fund will ensure that our legacy is marked by helping to reduce the financial burden of graduate school for students who have shown a dedication and commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. To make your gift, click on the following link: https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/classof2016gift.