Fall Graduates to be Honored Dec. 7 and 8 at The University of Texas at Austin

Convocation ceremonies by schools and colleges at The University of Texas at Austin on Dec. 7 and 8 will honor about 3,064 students who will receive degrees at the end of the fall semester.

The graduating students include about 2,322 undergraduates, 576 students receiving their master's degrees, 148 doctoral students and 18 law students.

Fall graduation activities do not include a university-wide commencement ceremony. More information about fall convocations for individual colleges and schools is available online at http://events.utexas.edu/commencement/fall2013.

In honor of graduates receiving their degrees during the 2013 Fall Commencement ceremonies, The Tower will be lit orange with "13" displayed in the windows on each side. It will remain lit throughout the evening Saturday, Dec.7, and again Sunday, Dec. 8.

In addition to official convocation and graduation ceremonies, other celebrations will honor graduating students. These include:

  • The Great Texas Exit, an open house event hosted by the Texas Exes alumni for members of the fall class and their families at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto Blvd. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6.
  • The fall Latino Graduation Ceremony, sponsored by the Latino Leadership Council, will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Student Activity Center. Graduates should arrive by 1:30 p.m. The ceremony provides Latino graduates, along with their parents, family and friends, an opportunity to celebrate their success and accomplishments at the university.

Fall convocation activities include:

Saturday, Dec. 7

9 a.m. Cockrell School of Engineering, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Sam Dawson, chief executive officer, Pape-Dawson Engineers, and chairman of the Engineering Advisory Board at The University of Texas at Austin.

9 a.m. School of Nursing, Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. Speaker: Norine Yukon, leader of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas and member of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Advisory Council.

9 a.m. School of Social Work, LBJ Auditorium. Student speaker: Kaitlyn Ryann Cryer, bachelor of social work, was chosen by her peers to be speaker.

Noon. College of Communication, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: John R. Fleming, principal, Vision Corporation.

Noon. College of Education, Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. Speaker: Dr. Anthony Brown, associate professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at UT Austin.

1 p.m. Jackson School of Geosciences, McCullough Theatre. Speaker: Dr. Jay Banner, professor and Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, and director of the Environmental Science Institute, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin.

3 p.m. College of Fine Arts, LBJ Auditorium. Speaker: Dr. Ann Collins Johns, senior lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History and a Regents' Outstanding Teaching Professor.

3 p.m. College of Liberal Arts, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Devin L. Geoghegan, co-CIO and founder, Nexus Asset Management LLC.

6:30 p.m. School of Architecture, Goldsmith Hall Gallery. No speaker.

Sunday, Dec. 8

10 a.m. McCombs School of Business, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Joe E. Holt, chief executive officer of the Austin region of JPMorgan Chase and Co. and chairman of the foundation's board of trustees.

2:30 p.m. College of Natural Sciences, Frank Erwin Center. Speaker: Dr. Linda A. Hicke, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin.