LBJ School 2013 Commencement
This year's LBJ School commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 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. Detailed information is provided below.
Important Information for Graduating Students
Friday, May 17, 10 a.m., SRH 3.124
Mandatory rehearsal for all students participating in the May 18 LBJ School commencement ceremony.
Friday, May 17, 11:30 a.m., at the Lady Bird Fountain
Immediately following rehearsal. Dress comfortably for an outdoor group photo; formal attire not required.
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m., Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium (Graduates gather in SRH 3.124)
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.
Following the ceremony, please join Dean Hutchings on the Plaza in celebrating the Class of 2013 with a Champagne Toast.
We recommend that you 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 2013 key note address will be posted on this website on May 25, 2013.
Dean’s Cocktail Reception
Saturday, May 18, 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 and a final opportunity to toast your accomplishments and say farewell to your LBJ School family and friends. At 7 p.m., Dean Hutchings will lead the "March on Main" 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, go to the University Co-op located at 2246 Guadalupe or see their web site here.
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 30, through Friday, May 3, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the OSAP offices. 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.
Tickets for your family and friends are NOT required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
To assist with making your visit to campus safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures are in place:
Backpacks, tote bags or any bag larger than 12 inches in any 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. Full details available here.
Limited parking is available for students and their family and friends in Lot 39. The LBJ School cannot guarantee parking for everyone. 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 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 convocation will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Bass Concert Hall. Details are available here.
University-Wide Commencement Ceremony
The university-wide commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, on the south mall of the UT Tower. Details are available here.
Student-led Commencement Week Activities
The Commencement Committee has organized several events to celebrate our last week as LBJ students! Questions? Contact the commencement week committee co-chairs: Heather or Rhea, and special thanks for volunteers Julie Lindsey and Marie-Elena Bucciero. Events are open to first and second year students. More details to come!
Monday, May 13th
Day activity: Crawfish Boil prepared by the ever-talented Gabe Falcon
When: 3 p.m.
Location: at 912B Keith Lane
Cost: $10 paid in advance HERE.
Evening activity: Hip-hop night at Nasty’s
Tuesday, May 14th
Day activity: Greenbelt + Lady Bird Lake or Barton Springs Playday
Evening activity: Karaoke
Wednesday, May 15th
Day activity: Toobing the Guadalupe
When: Depart LBJ School at 10:30 a.m., return at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Location: Comal River in New Braunfels
Cost: $20 - $25 per person for transportation (we've rented a bus!) and tube rental.
Details: BYOB but all food and drink must be in reusable container. No glass bottles or aluminum cans are allowed on the river.
See http://comaltunes.com/comal-river-rules for more info.
Thursday, May 16
Evening Story Time with PAACC at Spiderhouse Café. 6 to 9 p.m. Watch the sun set on our time at the LBJ School while enjoying an evening of storytelling by LBJ School students who will share fun stories about the past, present, and future. Spiderhouse Café is located in West Campus.
Late-night activity: Bar Crawl along Dirrrrrrrrrrrrrty 6th
You can't have an amazing Commencement Week without some sweet merch!! As such, we have t-shirts and koozies available for sale. Koozies are designed specifically for the Tuesday tubing event. T-shirts are for the epic Thursday night bar crawl. A portion of the proceeds go toward the 2013 class gift, a one-time diversity fellowship for an incoming student. Thus, if you have yet to donate, buy a t-shirt and koozie to support the cause.
Please follow link to view merchandise and make purchases: https://www.wepay.com/stores/2013-commencement-week
We are excited to announce the results of last week's vote on the 2013 Class Gift. Gift Option One: Diversity Fellowship came in first with 51.85% of the votes.
To help promote diversity at LBJ, the money that our class raises between now and May 18 will fund a one-time fellowship for an incoming student. Through this gift we hope to reduce financial barriers that stand between future policy professionals and graduate school costs, and acknowledge the inherent value that the diversity of ideas and experiences brings to our learning environment.
Our goal is to encourage 100% class participation in fundraising for this fellowship. Every donation – whether it is $5 or $500 – will help us get closer to our goal of full participation. By taking part, you also show how much you value what the LBJ School has contributed to your life and that you are willing to invest in its continued success. Your gift will help our class leave a legacy at the LBJ School, while paving the way for the next generation of LBJ School students!
Last year's class reached 42% student participation. The Class of 2013 can do much better than that! Remember, the emphasis is on class participation as opposed to total money raised, so it doesn't matter how much or how little you decide to give. You may contribute by:
- Making a donation online at http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/2013classgift.
- Bringing a check, made out to the University of Texas at Austin, to the Dean's administrative assistant. In the check memo, please write “Class Gift” and your UTEID.
Dropping off a check or cash donation during the times that the commencement committee has a table set up in the lobby (stay tuned for these dates/times). If you want to make a cash donation, gift forms and envelopes will be provided.