AUSTIN, Texas—State officials, business and industry leaders and several college deans will be among the speakers featured during Fall Commencement 2004 ceremonies honoring the achievements of graduating students at The University of Texas at Austin Dec. 3-5.
Students receiving degrees at the completion of the fall semester are eligible to participate in ceremonies hosted by the university’s various colleges and schools. Convocation ceremonies include individualized honors and traditions and provide photo opportunities for candidates’ families. Fall graduation activities do not include a university-wide commencement ceremony.
In honor of those receiving their degrees, the university’s Tower will be lighted orange with “04” displayed in building windows on each side on Friday, Dec. 3, Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5.
The convocation activities include:
Friday, Dec. 3
- 6 p.m. — College of Liberal Arts at the Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey S. Connor.
Saturday, Dec. 4
- 9 a.m. — Graduate Studies, doctor’s degree and master’s degree candidates. Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. Speaker: Sheldon Ekland-Olson, executive vice president and provost at The University of Texas at Austin.
- 9 a.m. — College of Engineering (graduate and undergraduate students), Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Joseph W. Blandford, founder, chairman and president of Atlanta Offshore, retired.
- 10:30 a.m. — School of Nursing (graduate and undergraduate students), Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium. Speaker: Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services.
- 10:30 a.m. — School of Social Work, Hogg Auditorium. Speaker: Christopher Cole Simon, undergraduate student in the School of Social Work.
- Noon — College of Education, Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. Speaker: Dr. Lisa Goldstein, 2004 recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award in the College of Education.
- Noon — School of Information (graduate and undergraduate students), Avaya Auditorium in Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building (ACES 2.302). Speaker: Carolyn Stark, president and chief executive officer of the Austin Technology Council.
- 12:30 p.m.— College of Communication (graduate and undergraduate students), Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for Time Magazine.
- 2 p.m. — College of Fine Arts, Hogg Auditorium. Speaker: Dr. Robert Freeman, dean of the College of Fine Arts.
- 7 p.m. — School of Architecture (both graduate and undergraduate students), Goldsmith Hall Mebane Gallery. Speaker: Dr. Frederick Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture.
Sunday, Dec. 5
- 10 a .m. — Red McCombs School of Business, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: H. Scott Craven Jr., managing director and regional manager of Atlantic Trust Company, N.A. and a member of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.
- 2:30 p.m. — College of Natural Sciences, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Tom Baker, chairman and chief executive officer of TXU Electric Delivery.
Parking for Commencement activities is free in designated areas on a first-come, first-served basis. On Friday, all university parking garages will be available in addition to campus lots marked “C” Parking. On Saturday, all university parking garages as well as most surface lots are available. Parking is not allowed in spaces marked “At All Times.”
Parking garage locations are as follows: San Jacinto Garage (SJG), San Jacinto Boulevard and 24th Street; Brazos Garage (BRG), MLK Boulevard and Brazos Street; 27th Street Garage (TSG), University Avenue and 27th Street; Manor Garage (MAG), Robert Dedman Drive and Clyde Littlefield Drive; Speedway Garage (SWG), Speedway and 27th Streets; and Trinity Garage (TRG), Trinity Street and MLK Boulevard.
More information about parking and fall commencement is available on the Fall Commencement 2004 Web site.
For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.