In Praise of Failure: UT Commencement Edition

University of Texas graduate in the rain
May 24, 2015

In honor of things not going according to plan, of missteps and mistakes, of oops and oversights, here are some thoughts on the value of failure, brought to you by the wise words of speakers — all UT alumni — from commencement ceremonies that actually happened.

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Commencement Speaker Honors Graduates

Darren Walker
May 23, 2015

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, joins President Powers, Chancellor McRaven and Student Government President Kori Rady in honoring the Class of 2015. Walker will share his commencement remarks in a live stream at 8 p.m. tonight. Tune in to the live stream.

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Tower Shines for Class of 2015

Tower commencement fireworks (2013)
May 22, 2015

The university Tower will shine with entirely orange lights and a “15” configuration in its windows to honor this year’s graduating class both Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. 

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Commencement Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

Main stage at UT Commencement 2014
May 21, 2015

The 2015 university-wide Commencement ceremony has been canceled due to inclement weather and nearby lightning. We share in your disappointment and congratulate our graduates on their many accomplishments.

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Protecting Pollinators: UT Researchers Buzzing About Bees

Native bee (Andrena sp.) on coneflower (Insects Unlocked)
May 19, 2015

On May 19, President Barack Obama announced new steps to protect pollinators, bees in particular. Researchers on the Forty Acres, meanwhile, have been studying bees and protecting pollinations. Here's a quick look at some of the bee-related projects on which Longhorns are working.

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Straight-Shooting Entrepreneurship Tips from the Pros at UT

So you want to be an entrepreneur?
May 15, 2015

So you want to be an entrepreneur? Great, but don't expect a normal 9-5 lifestyle. Or a steady source of income. Or even for your original idea to make it through the start-up testing ground before morphing into something completely different.

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