The College of Liberal Arts hosts nine commencement ceremonies. Students are encouraged to attend the ceremony applicable to their major. The Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony is intended for those majors not represented by a department ceremony. Students with more than one major may choose to attend multiple ceremonies or attend one ceremony and have all of their majors read. All students are also invited to attend the university-wide ceremony.
Liberal Arts Joint Commencement Ceremony
The Liberal Arts Joint Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River Street, on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Guest seating will open at 10:30 a.m. Commencement usually lasts approximately two hours.
Larry Carver has served as an inspirational figure to generations of students at UT Austin. He is completing his 41st year of teaching at UT, where he directs the Liberal Arts Honors Program, a program he helped establish and build into the high quality college honors program that it is today.
A Professor of English, he has also served the university and the college in a number of administrative positions, including Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Special Assistant to the President, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Director of the Humanities Program and Interim Director of Admissions.
In addition, Carver has served as a coach for the university’s nominees for the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman Scholarships. He has presided over the college’s Dedman Distinguished Scholars program, and has helped make it one of the best merit scholarship programs in the country.
Students, enter the Erwin Center through the Red River Street entrance. Please arrive at the Lone Star Room in the Erwin Center at 10:30 a.m. to check in with a Liberal Arts staff member and obtain a name card (which will be read as you cross the stage).
During the Ceremony
Do not bring any valuables that you cannot carry with you at all times, as you will not be able to leave anything in the preparation room. A professional photographer will take your picture as you cross the stage. Information on ordering photographs will be included in the commencement program.
Air horns are not allowed in the Erwin Center. Ushers will check for air horns and if found, they will be confiscated.
Parking and Directions
**Please note that the area around the Erwin Center is under construction and we are expecting heavy traffic delays. Please see the map below for parking and accessibility information.**
The College of Liberal Arts will be streaming its commencement ceremony live on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. CST. Please return to this webpage for the broadcast, which will begin to air at 11 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.
The Liberal Arts Commencement ceremony can also be viewed here.
During the Liberal Arts joint ceremony and department ceremonies, students will walk across the stage and have their name and major read. At the university-wide ceremony, students graduate by college or school; individual names and majors are not read.
Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for all ceremonies (except ROTC Joint Commissioning), and may be purchased from the University Co-op. Cap tassels and stoles for the College of Liberal Arts are white. The deadline to order regalia is May 9, 2014.
Questions regarding ceremonies should be directed to the department contact listed below.
Friday, May 16, 2014
- Government, Gregory Gym, 8:30 a.m. | Jenna Bacorn, 512-232-7259
- ROTC Joint Commissioning, Bates Recital Hall, 3 p.m. | Elaine Vianello, 512-471-7649
- History, Bass Concert Hall, 6 p.m. | History Advising Office, 512-471-7670
Saturday, May 17, 2014
- Economics, Gregory Gym, 9 a.m. | Michelle Calkum, 512-475-8507
- Plan II, Hogg Auditorium, 9 a.m. | Phillip Dubov, 512-471-2960
- Center for Mexican American Studies, SAC, 10 a.m. | Natasha Saldana, 512-471-2134
- English, Gregory Gym, 12:30 p.m. | Neal Ballard, 512-471-5736
- Psychology, Gregory Gym, 3:30 p.m. | Selina Yanez, 512-471-5175
University-wide Commencement Ceremony
The university-wide commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 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.
For more information on tickets, parking, and other ceremony details, please go towww.events.utexas.edu/commencement/spring.
If you have questions regarding commencement, please email Carmen Hoffman or call at 512-232-5749.