In addition to official convocation and graduation ceremonies, there are other celebrations hosted by organizations, student groups and university units honoring graduating students in a number of ways, including special ceremonies, awards banquets and receptions. Those celebrations include:
May 23, 2019 | 12 - 3 p.m. | Texas Union Ballroom
The Multicultural Engagement Center and the 2019 Black Graduation Planning Committee cordially invite you to participate and/or attend this year’s Black Graduation Ceremony and Reception. Black Graduation is an annual program that gives graduates the chance to commemorate and cherish all the accomplishments, memories, and challenges throughout their college years. Furthermore, it is an occasion for parents and families of graduates to meet with Black faculty and staff to gain a greater insight on the journey of their students.
May 23, 2019 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Gregory Gym Arena
Presented by Latinx Community Affairs, in the Multicultural Engagement Center, Latinx Graduation emphasizes that graduation is not meant just for the student, but for their loved ones as well. Latinx Graduation is celebrated in both Spanish and English. The graduating student has the privilege of having a short personal statement read as they walk across the stage. Graduates will receive a serape sash and gifts symbolizing the accomplishments of the Latinx Community at the university.
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
May 22, 2019 | 4 p.m. | SAC Ballroom & Alumni Center
The Lavender Graduation is a special ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students on campus.
The Great Texas Exit
May 25, 2019 | 3 –7 p.m. | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto (across from stadium)
Graduates and their families and friends are invited to kickoff commencement weekend at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center for the Great Texas Exit. Stop by before the Main Mall event for a casual Texas-sized celebration with free beer and champagne! There will be on-site food trailers, music, photo opportunities, commemorative giveaways, and more! New grads are also invited to update their address and join the Texas Exes as a Life Member and save up to $400. Special new grad Life Member pricing ends Sunday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Texas Induction Ceremony
May 24, 2019 | 3 – 5 p.m. | Santa Rita Room, Texas Union
This event is open to graduates by invitation only. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. It was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary with chapters shortly thereafter at Yale, Harvard and Dartmouth. Less than 300 colleges and universities have been granted chapters throughout the United States, and only the top ten percent of students in the liberal arts and sciences are eligible for election. The chapter at The University of Texas at Austin was established in 1904, and was the first in Texas. It is governed by university faculty who were themselves elected to Phi Beta Kappa when they received their undergraduate degrees.