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LBJ School 2014 Commencement

The LBJ School commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17, 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.  Please note that you must have already graduated or be a spring or summer 2014 degree candidate to participate in this ceremony.  Fall 2014 degree candidates may participate in the spring 2015 ceremony.


Thursday, May 15, 10 a.m., SRH 3.124
Mandatory rehearsal for all students participating in the May 17 LBJ School commencement ceremony.

Class Photo

Thursday, May 15, 11 a.m. at the Lady Bird Fountain
Immediately following rehearsal. Dress comfortably for an outdoor group photo; formal attire not required.


Saturday, May 17, 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 2014 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 2014 key note address will be posted on this website by June 1.

Dean’s Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 17,  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.

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 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 29, through Friday, May 2, 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.  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

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. 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 hosts a university-wide convocation ceremony at Bass Concert Hall to honor master's and doctoral graduates.  Details are available here.

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. The evening will take place in the evening on Saturday, May 17.  Details are available here.

Student-led Commencement Week Activities

Sunday, May 11

Hamilton Pool 9:30am at 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs

An Austin must- just check out the photos. Entry fee is $15 per vehicle (or $8 per pedestrian). The pool fills up early, so try to arrive by 10am. Frisbee, volleyball, and other games are encouraged. No concessions are available, so be sure to bring snacks and water (no glass). And per the parks website, "public display of consumption of alcohol is prohibited."


Monday, May 12

Potluck 5pm at 4407 Duval St.

Hosted by Raul Sanchez and Trevor Udwin

Sign up here to bring a dish or beverages to share!


Tuesday, May 13

Floating the River Leave LBJ at 10:30am, return around 5pm

at Texas Tubes, 250 Meusebach, New Braunfels

Tube rental, including shuttle back to the start, is $18 with the group rate. BYOB, no glass, no styrofoam.


We will be renting a bus to ride to and from New Braunfels. We expect the cost to be $20 per person and will be collecting the money this week. RSVP with Kaitlin (kaitsharkey@gmail.comby Friday, May 2 to reserve your spot on the bus (first come, first served).


Wednesday, May 14

Karaoke at Ego's 9pm at 510 S. Congress

A hidden gem in Austin, Ego’s was voted “Best Karaoke Night” by Austin Chronicle. In one Yelp reviewer’s words: "This bar is why you live in Austin. Cheap drinks, friendly crowd, and a karaoke environment that will pull out your inner diva screaming and wailing.” You may be bad [at karaoke] but you’re perfectly good at it.


Thursday, May 15

Graduation Rehearsal (mandatory for graduates) 10am SRH 3.124

Followed by the Class Photo at 11am


PAACC Storytelling 7pm at Spider House

Share your most awkward, meaningful, or hilarious story from LBJ (or pre-LBJ). Highlights from last year include "Subleasing gone wrong," "The first time I cried at LBJ," and the legendary Cooper's "First night in Austin." Snacks provided.


Class Gift

As a fitting way to honor her legacy and memory, family, LBJ faculty and friends established an endowed graduate fellowship in Shama Gamkhar's name. Our class contribution will be a donation to this fellowship and the first recipient will be awarded this summer.

Professor Gamkhar joined the LBJ School in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and more recently served as graduate adviser for the Master of Public Affairs degree program. She was a vital research force at the school as an expert in environmental economics.  Professor Gamkhar shared a love for her students, providing counsel and mentoring with a grace and patience that will forever be remembered among the LBJ School community.

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. Last year's class reached 59% student participation. The Class of 2014 can do much better than that! Remember, the emphasis is on class participation as opposed to total money raised, so we just encourage every one in our class to participate. You may contribute by:

  • Making a donation online at
  • Bringing a check, made out to the University of Texas at Austin, to the administrative assistant in the dean’s office on the 3rd Floor of SRH. In the check memo, please write “Class Gift” and your UT EID.
  • 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.