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5 Ways to Celebrate Graduation

5 Ways to Celebrate Graduation

​With Commencement this Saturday, we are stepping back to celebrate the Class of 2017. Perhaps you're wondering about the speakers at Saturday's three College of Natural Sciences ceremonies, looking for this year's graduation hashtag, or in need of information to help you get ready for the big day. Well, we've got you covered. 

Whether you're attending graduation or want to follow the festivities from afar, there are plenty of ways and reasons to celebrate.

Soledad Villar

1. Find out about the ceremonies. CNS has three indoor commencement ceremonies at the Erwin Center, each with different speakers. No tickets are required. (Get the lowdown on parking, ADA accessibility, and when to be where here.

Speaking at the 8 a.m. and noon ceremonies is alum and social entrepreneur Thane Kreiner. At 3:30, alum Jennifer Kotler Clarke, a research lead with Sesame Workshop, will address graduates and their families. And several graduating seniors and Dean's Honored Graduates are also speaking at commencement ceremonies as well: 

On the University's main Commencement stage, a College of Natural Sciences 2017 graduate will be among the speakers: Soledad Villar, a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics. She will address thousands of graduates and their families, during the university-wide commencement ceremony, so keep an eye out for her on the outdoor stage. 

2. Weather concerns? Sign up for text alerts. Speaking of the University-wide ceremony, it might rain. Possibly a lot. If weather makes the outdoor Commencement ceremony a no-go for Saturday, the University has announced that this event will move to Sunday, and folks will be notified. Sign up for UT's text alert or social media alerts, and you'll get the latest updates on weather, parking, venue updates, and more. (You can also visit UT's commencement website for all the latest.) 

​3. Join the fun online. If you're not attending in person, celebrate from afar through the webcast of the university-wide commencement ceremony. You can also follow #UTGrad17 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see photos and posts leading up to the event and shared throughout the day. Grads, don't forget to tag your posts #UTGrad17! We love to see your graduation selfies and family shots at iconic College spots, too. (Hook Em recommends the Gearing Courtyard, the BOT Greenhouse, and the Gates-Dell Complex.)

4. Meet some of our amazing students.  The Class of 2017 is full of world-changing College of Natural Sciences students. Check out the achievements of our Dean's Honored Graduates (click on the photos to read each student's profile). Other outstanding students are also already being recognized for leaving their mark, and you'll find some of their stories on our news blog.

Oscar Padilla is the first-ever Ph.D. graduate of the College's new Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.

5. Hear some parting thoughts. Some graduating UT students reflect on their time at the University and what they've learned that every freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, and member of Longhorn nation ought to know in "Dear Longhorns," a video letter from the Class of 2017. From the College, Michael Miyagi, a biology and math honors graduate, and Kevin Helgren, who studied neuroscience and is a former student body president, are among those who make an appearance. See what they and other grads have to say.

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