Plan II Honors Spring 2012 Commencement Convocation

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Hogg Memorial Auditorium; Reception follows at the San Jacinto Residence Hall. Tickets required.

Sat, May 19, 2012 | Hogg Memorial Auditorium

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Plan II Honors Spring 2012 Commencement Convocation

Saturday, May 19, 2012 9:00 am Hogg Memorial Auditorium, Reception follows at San Jacinto Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room.


The commencement convocation ceremony will be immediately followed by a light brunch reception in the Multi-Purpose Room of the San Jacinto Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room (at southwest corner of San Jacinto and 21st Street).


Plan II Honors Commencement Speaker: 

Aurora Lora, Plan II Honors and Pyschology, May 2000.   Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award 2009

Aurora Lora came to UT Austin as valedictorian of an El Paso high school.  She was awarded a Dedman Scholarship and graduated, with majors in Plan II and Honors Psychology as one of the Dean's Distinguished Graduates in the College of Liberal Arts.  She received her Master of Education from St. Thomas University in Houston.

She spent four years through the Teach for America program as a fourth-grade teacher at Ryan Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District. While at Ryan Elementary, she helped her students make significant academic gains and wrote a $40,000 grant to start an after-school program for fourth and fifth graders. She was named “Teacher of the Year” and became the subject of a 100-page book written by Teach for America that is now used as a training tool.

She then completed her doctoral coursework and superintendent internship through the Urban Superintendent’s Program at Harvard University.  Dr. Lora is the founder and administrator of the Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women, a public all-girls middle and high school in Portland that opened in September 2007.

Student Speaker: 

Natalie Butler, 2011/2012 Student Government President

Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award recipient:

Professor Ruth Buskirk, School of Integrative Biology

Music Provided by Mariachi Estrella

  • Disregard “balcony'' or “orchestra'' designation on tickets.  
  • Seating is ''first-come, first-seated.''  
  • One guest may not come early and “hold” seats for the rest of the party.
  • The doors to Hogg Auditorium will not open until 8:30 a.m.

NOTA BENE: Graduating seniors who walk in the evening University-wide ceremony on Saturday night DO need a ticket.

Parking & Guest Drop-Off: 

The most convenient parking for the Plan II Graduation Convocation should be readily available in UT Parking Garage #2 on San Antonio Street (one block west of Guadalupe Street) between 24th Street and 25th Street.  On May 19  no permits are required and no charges will be incurred at University garages.

Guest drop-off for seniors and those with disabilites is possible at the front door of Hogg Memorial Auditorium. There is very limited disabled parking at Hogg Auditorium on Saturday, May 22. If driving east on 24th Street, turn right at Inner Campus Drive and right again at the Yield Sign at the turtle pond. This will take you to the front of the Hogg Memorial Auditorium where you may drop-off guests before parking at another spot. You must mention ''Plan II Honors commencement at Hogg Auditorium'' to the guard to be allowed entrance to the inner campus area.


To assure each graduate a seat at the evening university-wide Commencement on the Main Mall, you MUST present a Procession Ticket in order to line up and participate in the Grand Procession. Tickets will be collected. Without a ticket, you will not be guaranteed a seat, so please pick up your ticket in advance of the ceremony.  Procession Tickets are free and now available with your UT student ID at the following locations:

Texas Performing Arts Box Office
(23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive)
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Special hours Friday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frank Erwin Center Red River Box Office
(1701 Red River Street)
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday

Special hours Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Special Needs: 

Special services are available to accommodate needs for individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodations adaptive equipment, please contact Phillip Dubov (512 471-1442) at least five days prior to Commencement activities. Campus resources and a map with details of accessibility on campus are available at Disability Resources Home

Students needing accommodations should also notify Phillip Dubov (512 471-1442) and work with Services for Students with Disabilities (512 471-6259; TTY 512 471-4641).

Information for visitors coming from outside of Austin

See more information on graduation at:

The College of Liberal Arts  and  The University of Texas Commencement 2012

Sponsored by: Plan II Honors Program

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