Dear faculty colleagues,
As fall commencement approaches, I'm reminded of the role this ceremony represents as our students prepare for their future after graduation. I believe it is a celebration of the transformative power of education, bringing together everyone who played a role in their success — the students themselves, families and friends, and the faculty who broadened their horizons.
I invite you to join us in celebrating their accomplishments.
Your participation represents our commitment to educating the leaders of tomorrow, and the critical role public research universities provide for the benefit of society.
Faculty participation is especially appreciated by your students and their families who travel to witness this academic rite of passage.
Thank you for your efforts in preparing them for their path ahead, and I encourage you to join in celebrating this significant milestone for our graduates.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor, American Studies and Art History
Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities
The University of Texas at Austin