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LBJ School 2017 Commencement

LBJ School 2017 Commencement

The LBJ School 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.

The 2017 LBJ School commencement speaker will be Tom Brokaw, award winning journalist and bestselling author known for his landmark work in American journalism.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Office of Graduate Studies convocation ceremony and the University-wide commencement ceremony. Please note that you must have already graduated or be a spring or summer 2017 degree candidate to participate in this ceremony. EMPL students are also invited to participate in this ceremony. Fall 2017 degree candidates may participate in the spring 2018 ceremony.


Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m., in SRH 3.124—Mandatory rehearsal for all students participating in the May 20 LBJ School commencement ceremony.

Class Photo

Thursday, May 18, 11 a.m. (immediately following rehearsal)Lady Bird Fountain—Dress code for the photo is business casual.


Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m., Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium (Graduates gather in SRH 3.124/3.122 at 10 a.m.)—Students participating in the ceremony must arrive and check in at the LBJ School, SRH 3.124/3.122, no later than 10 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your cap, gown and hood. Food, drink and alcohol are not permitted. 

Please don’t bring any other items (purses, etc.) as there will be no place to safely store your belongings.

NOTE:  Hoods may only be worn by students who have completed all degree requirements for graduation.

Following the ceremony, please join the dean on the plaza to celebrate the Class of 2017 with a champagne toast.

Dean’s Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 20, 5:30–7 p.m., LBJ School Lobby—Graduates and their families are invited to join Dean Angela Evans, as well as LBJ faculty and staff, for a celebratory reception. This event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested at LBJ Dean's Commencement Reception.

At 7 p.m., the dean will lead a procession to the University-wide commencement ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. 

Cap, Gown and Hood

Academic regalia (cap and gown) are required for students participating in the ceremony. To order regalia and invitations and to review relevant deadlines, visit the University Co-Op.

OSAA has a very limited number of caps and gowns to lend to students. These will be distributed to students on a first-come, first-served basis from Tuesday, April 25, through Friday, April 28, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in OSAA (SRH 3.104).  We do not have enough regalia for everyone, so please have a back-up plan. Students must pick up the gowns in person and are limited to one gown and one cap per person.  If you would like to donate your cap and gown for students to use after you graduate, please drop them off in the OSAA offices after the graduation ceremonies. 

Guest Tickets

All guests must have a ticket to enter the Lady Bird Johnson auditorium because seating is limited. Each graduate may claim up to five (5) guest tickets, and you must be registered to participate in the graduation ceremony before you can pick up tickets. Please reserve only the number of tickets you will use. If there are tickets left over after all participating students have reserved tickets, we will have a process for students to obtain additional tickets. Students participating in the graduation ceremony will receive an email with a link to sign up to participate and also reserve guest tickets.

Guest tickets for the LBJ School commencement ceremony will be available for pickup in the OSAA Office (SRH 3.104) between 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday, begining April 24. Please note:

  • All tickets must be picked up in person. We will not distribute to a proxy. 
  • Tickets must be picked up by 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 18.
  • You must provide your UT EID and signature when picking up tickets.
  • This program is sold out. Please consider returning any unneeded tickets to the Dean’s Office or sharing them with students you know who need additional tickets.
  • Extra unclaimed tickets (5 max per graduate) are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Any unclaimed tickets after May 18 will be made available first-come, first-served at a Will Call table in front of the LBJ Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20.
  • Invited guests without a ticket may view the ceremony via closed circuit television at a designated overflow area in Bass Lecture Hall (LBJ 2.104).

Please contact Lovdy Grossman ( with any questions.

Security Procedures

To assist with making your visit to campus safe and enjoyable, please note the following safety procedures:

  • Backpacks, tote bags or any bag larger than 12 inches in dimension will not be allowed into any of the commencement venues.
  • All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags.
  • Those with larger prohibited bags will be turned away. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Lot 39 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Limited parking is available for students and their family and friends in Lot 39; however, the LBJ School cannot guarantee parking for everyone. Visitors are encouraged to park in the Manor Garage (MAG), San Jacinto Garage (SJG), or any of the other seven university parking garages. For additional parking options, click here.

Services for Graduates/Visitors with Disabilities

Special services, including sign-language interpretation, are available to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities at the LBJ School commencement ceremony. If you require special accommodations, please contact Eileen Dunn at 512-232-4010, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least five days prior to arrival at the commencement activities.

Graduate Studies Convocation Ceremony

The Graduate School hosts a university-wide convocation ceremony at Bass Concert Hall to honor master's and doctoral graduates.  Details can be found at LBJ students can attend both the LBJ School and the Graduate School ceremonies. The Graduate School master's ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and the doctoral ceremony begins at 12 noon. For master's students, the Graduate School has you at the top of the marching order, so after you have crossed the stage, you will leave the building and return to the LBJ School for our ceremony. For doctoral students, you will attend the LBJ ceremony and after you walk across the stage, you will leave the building and go directly to the Graduate School ceremony. Please note that you must contact Danielle Thoma with the Graduate School to confirm that you are eligible to participate in that ceremony. Her contact information can be found at the link above.

University-Wide Commencement Ceremony

The university-wide commencement ceremony celebrates the cumulative accomplishments of graduates of The University of Texas at Austin, on the south mall of the UT Tower on the evening of Saturday, May 20.  Details can be found at

Student-led Commencement Week Activities

All Commencement Week activities are open to second years' +1's and first years. Click to register for the events (you will need to use your utexas Gmail account to access the link). 

Download this PDF for all event details.

Class Gift

Although more than 50 years have passed since President Lyndon B. Johnson’s landmark civil rights legislation, the need for aspiring public servants committed to realizing progressive social policy is more important than ever. For many students, the very decision to apply to LBJ begins with President Johnson’s legacy and namesake as a trailblazer for civil rights. And while the meaning of  “social justice” may vary between students of  differing economic, geographic or political backgrounds, the idea that the LBJ School is a foundation for positive change is one that we all share.  

In recognition of the outstanding LBJ faculty and graduate students dedicated to policy change across all fields, the Class of 2017 is proud to sponsor a Social Justice Fellowship for future graduate students. This fellowship is part of a larger effort orchestrated by the LBJ Class of 2017 to advance social justice policy, contribute to meaningful policy debate and act as catalysts for change across a range of social justice issues facing today’s globalized world.  

It is our hope that through this gift we will reduce financial barriers that stand between future policy professionals and graduate school costs, while simultaneously acknowledging the need for public servants committed to positive social change.

President Johnson’s civil rights legislation represented a watershed moment in American social policy. We encourage those who celebrate with us today to consider honoring LBJ’s legacy and the spirit of the LBJ School by giving back to an institution that celebrates the ideals of service and public leadership that we hold so dear. To donate to the Class of 2017 Fellowship, please use the following link: