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Plan II Honors Commencement Convocation 2013

Plan II Commencement Convocation Speaker: Joe Bailey, Jr.

Joe Bailey, Jr.Joe Bailey, Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of the Plan II Honors Program ('05).  His first feature film, Incendiary:  The Willingham Case, co-directed with Steve Mims, won critical acclaim during its run in US theaters.  (“Nonfiction filmmaking at its most classic," wrote The Washington Post).  Joe’s work has been profiled by CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, ABC, MSNBC, Variety, the Huffington Post and the Hollywood Reporter.  He has received the South By Southwest Film Festival's Louis Black Award, the Innocence Network's Journalism Award, and the TCADP's Media Award 2013.

Joe received both his BA and JD from the University of Texas at Austin, where his thesis on jazz earned him induction into Phi Beta Kappa, and his work as a postdoctoral fellow at UT Law in 2008-09 provided guidance to the Austin music community.  Joe’s writing has been featured in Golf Journal and the Journal of Texas Music History  Currently a research fellow at the UT Law Rapaport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Joe will begin offering a course "Documentary & Civil Society" to Plan II Juniors in Spring 2014.

Plan II Student Convocation Speaker:  Natalie San Luis

Natalie San LuisNatalie San Luis is an Austin native and a lifelong Longhorn. As an incoming first-year student, Natalie was recognized as a Dedman Distinguished Scholar.  The Dedman Scholarship provided most of the cost of Natalie's undergraduate education. 

Natalie enjoys reading feminist books, eating food, and drinking beer. She feels most at home with an open Word document and a cup of coffee. She feels most out of place among people who love dogs.  In addition to Plan II Honors, Natalie studied English and Women's and Gender Studies. When she wasn't in class or abusing Plan II printing privileges, Natalie spent her time at UT as a consultant at the Undergraduate Writing Center, as a blog and web content writer for a marketing company, and as a columnist for The Daily Texan. She recently finished her honors thesis on emblems of wealth in hip hop music. After graduation, Natalie plans to finish Infinite Jest, learn how to code, and write.

Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award recipient: TBA

Music Provided by Mariachi Estrella


SENIORS MUST ARRIVE at the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) 21 at 8:00 am (EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!)  Saturday, May 18, 2013.

FAC 21 is the auditorium at ground level on the Texas Union side of the Flawn Academic Center. You may enter through the glass doors off the Union patio (across from Wendy's) or from the 1st floor lobby of the FAC (at entrance to Undergraduate Library) go down the stairs at the west end (Union-side end) of the lobby.


Give your family/guests their tickets BEFORE SATURDAY!  You will not be with them for AT LEAST one hour prior to the ceremony.

Do not bring any items that will not fit in your pockets or a small purse that can tuck UNDER your graduation robe. There is NO place to leave items during the ceremony-- the room will not be "manned" or locked and you will NOT return to this room after commencement.  Do not carry a bunch of junk in your arms or over your shoulder as you walk across the stage.  

Do not bring items for your guests/family members: you will not see each other before the ceremony.


We would like to invite each of you to our commencement reception honoring our Plan II graduates immediately following this ceremony. Students, parents, and faculty can relax and greet one another over a light brunch buffet. 

The reception will be in the Ballroom of the Texas Union (, just a few steps away from Hogg Auditorium.

PARKING:  All the UT parking garages are free on Saturday. 

The San Antonio UT Parking Garage (24th and San Antonio; Map: is the closest parking to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium (


If you plan to participate in the University-wide ceremony, YOU MUST PICK UP A TICKET to line up and participate in the Grand Procession. Tickets will be collected. Without a ticket, you will not be guaranteed a seat. Pick up your free ticket with your UT student ID up to Saturday at 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Texas Performing Arts Box Office
(23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive)
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Special hours Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frank Erwin Center Red River Box Office
(1701 Red River Street)
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Special hours Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All graduates line up south of Littlefield Fountain between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Staff and posted signs will direct you to your assembly location in this area. The Grand Procession begins at 8 p.m. You will be grouped by college/school and proceed up the South Mall to the Main Mall where you will be seated.

Although current weather predictions for Saturday evening are generally favorable, the situation could change unexpectedly. The ceremony will not move from the Main Mall if there is severe weather. You and your guests are encouraged to review inclement weather plans in advance at:

Should there be changes to the regularly scheduled program, they will be announced through a number of university communication channels.

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Information for Visitors Coming from Outside of Austin

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