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History Commencement Speakers

In 2001, the Department of History began conducting our own baccalaureate graduation ceremonies during the May commencement weekend. Professor Alan Tully, Chair of the History Dept. from 2002 to 2014, realized that students might want to hear from someone who had been in their shoes, graduated from The University of Texas, and wondered about what direction their life would take.

We started the tradition to invite a Texas Ex who earned their bachelor’s degree, majored in history, and was successful in their life so far, to speak each year. It is something that all of our graduates should consider—one day you may be invited back to speak at graduation.

Josiah M. Daniel, M.A. History '86 J.D., Law, '78

Attorney, Philanthropist, Member History Visiting Committee

The Honorable Pete Geren, Class of '75, J.D. '78
Attorney, Philanthropist, Life Member, Texas Exes


Maidie Ryan, Class of '96, J.D. '01
Attorney, Philanthropist, community volunteer, Life Member, Texas Exes


Rob Thomas, Class of '87
Renowned screenwriter, television producer, and author

Joseph D. Jamail, J.D. '53; B.A. Class of '50
Lawyer and Philanthropist, Houston, Texas

Dr. Bryant "Tip" Ragan, Class of '81

Professor and Chair, History Department, Colorado College, Colorado Springs

Paul Bartholomew, Class of '94

Actor, 2008 Jeep Liberty Commercial

John Schwartz, Class of '79

Science Reporter, The New York Times
Since January 2009, Schwartz has been the national legal correspondent for the Times

Dr. Nancy S. Footer, Class of '80

Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, University of North Texas System

Dr. Ricardo Romo, Class of ’67
President, University of Texas at San Antonio. B.A. with teaching field in History.
University of Texas track star. University of Texas History faculty & Vice Provost.

Lynda Johnson Robb, Class of '66

“Professional volunteer”. Philanthropist. First Lady of Virginia.
Graduated with special honors in History.

Sally Kleberg, Class of '66

Family Business Office Manager (King Ranch). Philanthropist, Writer, and Educator.

Doug English, Class of '76

Philanthropist, Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. Co-Owner, ProLine, Distributing, Austin. NFL & Longhorn football legend.

Jane Macon, Class of '67

Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, San Antonio.
National Women's Political Caucus' Long Haul of Fame.

Adm. Bobby R. Inman, Class of '50

Faculty LBJ School of Public Relations. Businessman. Active in public service. United States Navy, retired.

Do you know who else majored in history at The University of Texas?

Lady Bird Johnson, Class of '33
Former First Lady, Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson has won acclaim on her merits for promoting worthy causes, including highway landscape beautification and the propagation of Texas wildflowers. History and Journalism degrees. Distinguished Alumni Award in 1964.
UT Celebrities Exhibit
Wikipedia on Lady Bird Johnson

Fess Parker, Class of '50
Actor. An American icon. When most people think of Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone, they picture Fess Parker circa 1960. State of Texas Medal of Arts recipient. Businessman:
The Fess Parker Winery, Inn, and Spa.
UT's Utopia on Fess Parker
Wikipedia on Fess Parker

Eli Wallach, Class of '36
Actor. Best known for his film roles in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Misfits.” He was named a Distinguished Alumnus at The University of Texas in 1988.
UT Celebrities Exhibit
Wikipedia on Eli Wallach
NNDB on Eli Wallach

Last updated: August 30, 2013