Press Release: Graduate School to Celebrate 100th Anniversary


Austin, Texas, November 6, 2009 - The Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010. The Graduate School was established by the regents in 1910, although graduate work was included from the very beginning of the university, which was founded in 1883. Today there are nearly 12,000 graduate students enrolled, and more than 100 graduate programs and specializations. Of these, 40 are ranked in the top ten nationally and another 53 are ranked in the top 25 (U.S. News & World Report).

The Graduate School is responsible for ensuring the overall quality of the more than 100 graduate programs at the university and for providing administrative services to both faculty and students. Graduate education plays a vital role in the success of the university, and graduate students are integral to the university's core educational and research mission.

"Graduate students work alongside the finest faculty, they inspire undergraduate students in the classroom, and they design research projects and develop new ideas to solve the challenges of the times," says Victoria Rodríguez, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. "This anniversary is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of our graduate alumni and showcase the outstanding graduate work that occurs here everyday."

As part of the centennial celebration, the Graduate School is inviting all graduate alumni to participate by submitting an entry in the "Share Your Story" campaign. Since 1910, more than 125,000 students have earned a master's or doctoral degree from the university. Each graduate alumnus is encouraged to share a memory, experience or anecdote about their graduate experience or relate how graduate school influenced their life at Select stories will be included in a commemorative hardcover book to be published by UT Press in fall 2010.

Throughout 2010, the Graduate School will host events such as The 1910 Society Lecture Series featuring outstanding alumni, a research showcase spotlighting the work of current graduate students and a birthday celebration for the university community and the public. A gala event for members of The 1910 Society and distinguished alumni will be held in November 2010.

Contact: Kathleen Mabley, 512-232-3633,


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