Convocation exercises for the Pharm.D. Class of 2012 at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy are scheduled for Friday, May 18. The ceremony, set to begin at 8:30 a.m., will take place at Bass Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the university campus. Dr. Kenneth Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs for The University of Texas System, will present the commencement address.
Tickets are not required in order to attend the ceremony, and there is no guest limit per graduate. Doors to the theater open at 8 am on the day of the event. The facility is located at 23rd Street and Robert Dedman drive, just north of the Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Football Stadium.
Bass Concert Hall is ADA compliant with wheelchair access and seating available. Anyone requiring assistance should go inside the lobby to the box office and request to be seated early. Persons with mobility issues will find the shortest and flattest means of accessing the facility by dropping off passengers in front of Bass along 23rd Street. A ramp is available at this entrance.
The closest parking facilities are the San Jacinto Parking Garage, 2401 San Jacinto Boulevard, and the Manor Parking Garage, 2017 Robert Dedman Drive. UT parking garages will be free to the public for commencement weekend on both Friday and Saturday.
Pharmacy graduates will also participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 8 p.m. on the south terrace of the Main Building (UT Tower). At this event, pharmacy graduates will walk in the procession and be recognized as a group. There will be no individual recognition of graduates at this event.
Shine to Address Graduates
Dr. Kenneth Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs for The University of Texas System, will present the commencement address for College of Pharmacy graduation exercises. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ball Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center.
Prior to joining the University of Texas System in 2003, he served as president of the Institute of Medicine. Under his leadership, the IOM focused attention on meeting the healthcare needs of all Americans. He organized symposia to underscore the importance of cultural sensitivity in healthcare and supported programs to increase immunization rates, decrease use of tobacco among adolescents, and improve care of the dying. He emphasized communication of scientific findings and recommendations.