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Spring 2014 Convocation for College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Graduates

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The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy will host convocation exercises for the Pharm.D. Class of 2014 on Friday, May 16. 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. Paul Abramowitz, chief executive officer with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 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 a.m.  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 transporting individuals with mobility issues will find the shortest and flattest means of accessing the facility by dropping off passengers in front of the concert hall 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. All 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 17 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.


Keynote Speaker – Paul Abramowitz

Dr. Paul Abramowitz, chief executive officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), will present the keynote address at pharmacy graduation 2014.  The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ball Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

Prior to joining ASHP in September 2011, Abramowitz worked in hospitals and health-systems for more than 30 years, most recently as associate hospital director for professional services and chief pharmacy officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also served as professor and assistant dean at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He previously was the director of pharmacy and a faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics.

He received a Bachelors Degree in chemistry and biology from Indiana University, a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Toledo, a Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan.  He completed a residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.


Student Update

Students should arrive on graduation day by 7:30 a.m.  They should report to the back hallway of Bass Concert Hall by one of three ways: (1) East side of the building between the McCullough Theatre and Bass Concert Hall (2) North side of the building between the PAC and the Music Building, or (3) West side via the driveway into the dock area, enter to your left (north).

In the back hallway students will receive final instructions and assistance in lining up for the processional.  College staff will be on hand to assist with final preparation including receiving any medallions or honor cords that have not yet been picked up. Students may wear ALL of cords and medallions that they have been awarded.  Students also will wear mortarboards complete with tassel during the procession.

Professional photographers from Flash Photography will take individual photos of students as they leave the stage after being hooded. Photos will also be taken throughout the commencement ceremony.  The photography company will notify graduates a few weeks after the ceremony with information for ordering photos.  The college does not participate in the photo order system.

The university-wide commencement ceremony begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 on the South Terrace of the Main Building (UT Tower).  Graduates interested in participating in the ceremony must present a procession ticket in order to line up and participate in the grand procession.  Tickets are free with the student's UT ID.  They will be available starting Monday, May 5 at the Texas Performing Arts Box Office and the Frank Erwin Center Box Office, and will be available at these locations until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.  Tickets will be collected at the university-wide evening ceremony.  


Guest information

Guests are welcome to attend the College of Pharmacy convocation exercises beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Bass Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The facility is located at 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive, just north of the Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Football Stadium. 

At this ceremony, students will individually walk the stage and receive their academic hoods.  Students receiving special awards and honors will also be recognized.

Tickets are not required in order to attend the ceremony, and there is no guest limit per graduate.  Doors to the theater open at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event.  Guests should enter the facility from the front doors accessible via 23rd Street.  

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 access into the facility is in front of Bass Concert Hall along 23rd Street. Passengers may be dropped off at that location where a ramp is available.

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.

All pharmacy graduates are eligible to participate in the university-wide ceremony scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.  The ceremony will be held on the south terrace of the Main Building (UT Tower).  At this event, pharmacy graduates will walk in the procession, sit together and be recognized as a group.  There will be no individual recognition of graduates at this event.

Keynote speaker for the university-wide ceremony is Admiral William H. McRaven, United States Navy, commander of the United States Special Operations Command. 

At 5 p.m., admission to the Main, South and East malls will be on a first come, first served basis so everyone planning to attend the ceremony will have an equal opportunity for seating. For this reason, it is not possible to save seats. No tickets are required for Commencement guests. Standing in aisles will not be allowed.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guest seating will also be available in adjacent indoor air-conditioned locations where a live video telecast can be viewed in comfort.

Use of tobacco is not allowed on the university campus.

For your safety, the following items are NOT allowed in the seating area:
Backpacks
Tote Bags
Bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension (This includes purses and diaper bags)
Pets (except service dogs)
Alcoholic Beverages
Coolers
Lawn Chairs
Picnic Baskets
Security officers will search all bags before attendees will be permitted to enter. Those with prohibited items or bags larger than 12" in any dimension will be turned away.


The Texas Exes' Great Texas Exit

The Texas Exes' Great Texas Exit will be held Saturday, May 17 from 4 - 7p.m. at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center (San Jacinto directly across from the west side of Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Football Stadium). Free food & beverages, entertainment, a guest speaker and more will be available.   All graduates and guests are invited.

For questions concerning the College of Pharmacy convocation, contact Sharla Brewer at (512) 475-9753 or via email to sharla.brewer@mail.utexas.edu.

More information regarding the university-wide event is available at
www.events.utexas.edu/commencement/spring/university-wide-ceremony

Last Reviewed: May 01, 2014

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