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Congratulations to the College of Natural Sciences Class of 2020!

Our virtual ceremony begins Saturday, May 23 at 4 p.m.

In recognition of graduates’ achievements, the college will host a virtual convocation ceremony.


The Schedule


4 p.m. (CST)

The College of Natural Sciences Convocation Ceremony

Join us in honoring our graduates. The College of Natural Sciences Commencement page can now be found at this web link. Learn more about the virtual ceremony below.

9 p.m (CST)
Pre-show streaming at 8:30

University Ceremony

President Gregory Fenves and guest speaker Brené Brown will address the graduating class of 2020. For more details, visit UT Commencement 2020.


The Virtual Ceremony


The college’s commencement ceremony page will feature:

  • Special content especially for 2020 graduates, including videos from our Natural Sciences community
  • A message to graduates from Dean Paul Goldbart
  • A personalized slide for each graduate, listed alphabetically, including name, degree(s), honors and distinctions. When a graduate's slide is clicked on, their name will be announced. The opportunity for graduates to submit a personal photo and quote to include on their slide has passed.
  • A search function to look for each graduate by name
  • A live social media feed


Social Media


Show your pride on social media!

Tag your posts with #CNSGrad20 and #UTGrad20 on Instagram and Twitter, so the college can feature you during our virtual commencement.

Decorate your Facebook profile image with our Facebook profile frames for both graduates and parents, or use our celebratory stickers and GIFs available for social media — just search GIFs with the terms “CNSGrad20” or “TexasScience." Graduate slides are also shareable on social media.


Facebook: @TexasScience
Instagram: @TexasScience
Twitter: @TexasScience



Other Commencement Details


Virtual Ceremony Length and Availability

  • The length of time it takes to participate in our virtual ceremony is up to each participant. Playing all videos should take approximately 30 minutes. Looking at graduate slides and interacting on social media are at the discretion of each viewer.
  • The page will be active for a year, so even if graduates, family and supporters aren't able to view it on May 23, they can visit the page any time thereafter.

Graduate Deadlines

  • Graduates must have applied and been approved to graduate or walk by May 8 in order to receive the invitation to participate in the virtual ceremony.
  • The submission period for graduate photos and quotes is now closed.
  • Even if graduates did not submit a photo or personal message, but were approved to walk or graduate by May 8, they will still have a personalized slide with their name, degree(s), honors and distinctions.
  • Honors as indicated on student slides are preliminary estimates. Honors status will be confirmed after grades close and final GPAs are calculated.


  • Diplomas will be mailed to graduates in early June to the permanent address in the student’s account. Students who wish to receive their diploma via FedEx should contact Diploma Services for important detailed instructions at diplomas@austin.utexas.edu before June 1st.


Alumni Speakers 

Stern 8397 BWAlan Stern – 8 a.m. and Noon ceremonies

Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s New Horizons mission, which successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt — the farthest worlds ever explored by a space mission. In both 2007 and 2016, he was named to the TIME 100, a list of the world’s most influential people. In 2007, he was appointed NASA’s chief of all science missions. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at the Southwest Research Institute. Dr. Stern currently serves as the chief scientist of both World View, a near-space ballooning company, and the Florida Space Institute. In 2016, he was elected to be the board chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. His career has taken him to numerous astronomical observatories, to the South Pole, and to the upper atmosphere aboard various high performance NASA aircraft. He has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including nine for which he was the mission principle investigator; and he has led the development of eight scientific instruments for NASA space missions.

Before receiving his doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1989, Dr. Stern completed twin master's degrees in aerospace engineering and atmospheric sciences (1980 and 1981) and two undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy (1978 and 1981) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stern has published over 270 technical papers and is the author of three books, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005).


duswalt-bw-square Marissa Duswalt Epstein - 3:30 p.m. ceremony

Marissa Duswalt Epstein previously served as the Administrative Director for Health Education, Engagement and Promotion at Stanford Health Care and in the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, as well as in the White House Office of the First Lady as Associate Director of Policy and Events for Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! initiative. The initiative worked to engage all members of society in an effort to ensure American children would have the opportunity to reach a healthy adulthood, intersecting the disciplines of science, economics, culture and policy. Duswalt served on the White House staff for over a year, implementing many successes of the Let’s Move! initiative through innovative policy programming, public-private partnerships, and public marketing. After leaving Washington, she went to Stanford University where she taught a course examining the intersection of policy, consumer attitudes, and nutritional science. 

As a UT Austin student, Marissa Duswalt was awarded a Truman Scholarship in recognition of her leadership and curiosity regarding childhood obesity. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Natural Sciences with a B.S. in Nutrition with Special Honors in 2010 and was chosen as a Dean’s Honored Graduate. While in Austin, Marissa immersed herself in food and nutrition experiences – she worked at Dell Children’s hospital in pediatric dietetics; she managed Austin High School’s cafeteria; and she worked with KIPP Austin schools to build a comprehensive program to teach kids about healthy eating, gardening, and cooking.