LBJ School 2015 Commencement
The LBJ School 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. Detailed information is provided below. Please note that you must have already graduated or be a spring or summer 2015 degree candidate to participate in this ceremony. Fall 2015 degree candidates may participate in the spring 2016 ceremony.
Details that follow beyond this point may change. Please continue to review this page.
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.
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.
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 28, through Friday, May 1, 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.
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:
- 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 will be available around mid-March.
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 will be available around mid-March.
Student-led Commencement Week Activities