Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for all ceremonies (except the ROTC Joint Commissioning), and may be purchased from the University Co-op. Tassels and stoles for all programs in the College of Liberal Arts are white. The deadline to order regalia is the May 13, 2016.
See below for Commencement related details for the various ceremonies and celebrations. Please read carefully the section about the Economics Department Commencement! It contains important information/instructions.
UNIVERSITY-WIDE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 8 p.m. on the Main Mall.
Students must have tickets for the university-wide ceremony. Seating for guests at the university-wide ceremony begins at 5 p.m. and is first-come, first-seated. Guests do not need tickets for this ceremony.
At the university-wide ceremony, students graduate by college or school; individual names and majors are not announced.
For more information on tickets, parking, and other ceremony details, please go to http://events.utexas.edu/commencement/spring
LIBERAL ARTS JOINT COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
For Liberal Arts majors that do not have an individual ceremony. Economics majors do not usually attend this ceremony unless they are double-majoring in one of those departments. See details here: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/student-affairs/events/Commencement.php
Economics Department Reception— for all graduates, friends, and family in BRB immediately following the Economics ceremony. Enjoy light refreshments and visit with your professors and advisors! The advisors are putting together a slideshow to be displayed during the reception. We would love to include some pics of you during your time at UT! Please send family-friendly photos to UTECOslideshow@gmail.com by Thursday, May 19th.
Lavender Graduation– a special ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students on campus. See details at http://ddce.utexas.edu/genderandsexuality/lavender-graduation/.
The Great Texas Exit— Graduates and their families and friends are invited to kickoff commencement weekend at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Stop by before the Main Mall event for a casual Texas-sized celebration with free beer and champagne!
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Saturday, May 21, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Gregory Gym.
No tickets needed for students or guests. Seating for guests begins at 8:30 a.m. first-come, first-seated. Graduate candidates should arrive at the ground floor Speedway entrance to Gregory Gym at 8:00 am on Saturday morning to check in. (Students may not enter before 8 am.)
Remember to wear or bring your regalia, including your white tassel and stole. It is a good idea to unwrap and hang up your regalia beforehand to remove the fold creases.
Do not bring any valuable personal belongings, purses, backpacks to the ceremony. We do not have any secure space for storage in Gregory Gym.
If you have any mobility impairments, please let Katie Foster know as soon as possible so that she may provide additional information as needed.
During the Economics Department ceremony, students will walk across the stage and have their name and major(s) announced. If you are concerned about having your name pronounced correctly at the ceremony, please come to the Economics Advising Office during walk-in hours (Mon-Fri 10 am to noon and 1-3 pm) no later than Thursday, May 19th.
For additional information about parking, guest seating, regalia, and other details, see this website: https://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/economics/events/35806.
ArrivE at the ground floor Speedway entrance to Gregory Gym at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. Wear or bring your regalia! Leave valuables at home or with your guests– there will be no secure place to store them during the ceremony. Upon arrival you will be directed to the Gregory Gym Annex to check in.
Go to the check-in table to obtain a name card. Name cards will be read by an announcer when you cross the stage. You will have an opportunity to add a phonetic spelling of your name if you wish.
Fill out a Flash Photography card. A professional photographer will take two photos of you during the ceremony. Fill out the card so that free color proofs can be mailed to you. Please fill out a card whether you want the photos or not!
Keep both cards with you! You will need them for the ceremony (see details below).
Remain in the Annex until it is time to line up and enter the arena.
Please help us make a great commencement experience for you and your guests by
paying attention and following the cues you are given by commencement staff and volunteers! They will tell you when and where to: line up, sit, stand, get on stage, return to your seat, and exit the arena during the ceremony.
Your tassel should be hanging to your right side of your face at the beginning of the ceremony.
When it’s time to enter the arena, graduates will line up in two SINGLE FILE parallel lines. There is no specified order; you may line up with your friends. Each line will be led by a “Marshall” into the arena and seated in rows. Please be patient as you wait to be seated.
When you get up to approach the stage, take your name card and your photo card with you. Everything else can be left in your seat; you will return to your original seat after crossing the stage.
Before going on stage you will hand in your photo card and a photographer will take your “greenscreen” photo.
When you enter the stage, hand your name card to the announcer at the side podium and proceed to the center podium.
At the center podium you will shake hands (with your right hand) while receiving a “scroll” (in your left hand), and pause for a photo. The “scroll” is simply a letter of congratulations; you will receive your actual diploma by mail later on. Continue in the same direction to exit the stage.
After exiting the stage, enter your original seating row from the end nearest the stage exit, and proceed to your original seat (crossing the aisle if necessary).
LEAVING THE ARENA
After the Eyes of Texas, the faculty will exit the stage first. The graduates will be directed to follow the faculty (one row at a time starting with the row closest to the stage) into the center aisle and out of the arena. Please stay with the procession until you are released by the staff.
You and your guests are invited to the Economics Commencement Reception outside BRB after the ceremony!
The Department of Economics would like to share your favorite university experience photos at the reception. Please send your family friendly photos to UTECOslideshow@gmail.com
We hope you and your guests enjoy Commencement and the Reception.