On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly graduated its 48th class of students with inspiring words from Dean Angela Evans, commencement speaker Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour, and class speaker Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19).
During the ceremony, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies Cynthia Osborne presented the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Award for Academic Excellence — awarded to members of the class with the highest grade point average — to Leila Al-Hamoodah (MPAff '19), Madison Gove (MPAff '19) and Garrett Shuffield (MGPS '19). The Emmette S. Redford Award for Outstanding Research went to Sarah Rush (MPAff '19) for her professional report, "Russian Food and Agricultural Policy: How the Country’s Hungry History Shapes its Contemporary Approaches."
Amanda Macune (MPAff '19) announced that the Class of 2019 had raised $2,000 for its gift, the LBJ Lending Library, which would make textbooks and other books available to LBJ students.
Take a look at some snapshots of the day below. Congratulations, LBJ Class of 2019! We can't wait to see what you do next.
Thank you for giving such an inspiring speech. So exciting to meet the amazing woman I see every night on TV. You are really a role model for our students.— Catherine Weaver (@kateweaverUT) May 26, 2019
You are wonderful. I love hearing your POV. Congratulations for inspiring these grads.— LeeAnn Kendall (@leeannkendall) May 25, 2019
it's been a pleasure! :) https://t.co/Mw6Y7lfCvq— Garrett Shuffield (@gcshuffield) May 25, 2019
Congrats to all of my friends graduating today!! Now please go and start fixing the world for the rest of us! https://t.co/Ifd8j6TW3n— Mirta Baselovic (@MirtaBaselovic) May 25, 2019
Congrats to all my friends and colleagues who are graduating today from @TheLBJSchool— Mohamed Abufalgha (@MAbufalgha) May 24, 2019
Always so re-centering to be among the bursting-with-pride @TheLBJSchool / @UTAustin families during graduation weekend. #HookEm! #LBJ in #DC The eyes of #Texas are upon thee! @LBJSchoolAlumni @TexasExes @texasexesdc @UTAustin @utgradschool @TheArcherCenter https://t.co/4WjwFa27aP pic.twitter.com/P5bNG6GSvS— Tom O'Donnell (@LBJDCDirector) May 24, 2019
Couldn’t be more excited to call it a degree. Hook ‘em y’all! And thanks to all my family, friends, classmates, and work colleagues who helped me along the way. #LBJGrad2019 @TheLBJSchool @UTAustin pic.twitter.com/XtoxICTIw1— Matt Worthington (@mrworthington) May 25, 2019
.@thelbjschool's @BlahaOsborne is announcing this year's awards — the @LBJFoundation awards for highest GPA. 3 winners! Leila Al-Hamoodah, Madison Gove and @gcshuffield. Congratulations!!! #LBJGrad19 #UTGrad19— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) May 25, 2019
.@thelbjschool 2019 class speaker Wayne Holstine (@doubleWaynebow) is wearing a pair of cowboy boots that belonged to his dad, who died when Wayne was 16. What an awesome tribute, and a reminder that our loved ones are always with us. #LBJGrad19 #UTGrad19— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) May 25, 2019
"It can be easy to get overwhelmed. I hope that we can all take a moment to show ourselves some kindness, take a deep breath, and stay grounded. Only then can we give our all and be of service to others." — @thelbjschool class speaker @doubleWaynebow #LBJGrad19 #UTGrad19— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) May 25, 2019
Fail at something. But also fail at doing it right. It will hurt, it will sting, you will question yourself. But go on with your life, because the only true failure is being paralyzed by fear. Fail into wisdom. Fail into humility. —@Yamiche #LBJGrad19 #UTGrad19— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) May 25, 2019
More advice from a mentor of @Yamiche: Don't be a jerk. It's much easier to barrel through life without thinking about others. Be generous and reach out and lift up others with and behind you. #LBJGrad19 #UTGrad19— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) May 25, 2019