The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Government Department Spring Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Speaker-Matthew Dowd

Fri, May 19, 2017 | Gregory Gym

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Matthew Dowd, Political Consultant
Matthew Dowd, Political Consultant

Ceremony Information:

We ask that graduates arrive by 7:30am and gather in the Gregory Gym Annex. This is where you will check in, receive your name card and photography card, and prepare to process into the gym for the ceremony.

Doors will open for your guests to enter Gregory Gym at 8am. You and your guests DO NOT need to purchase tickets to attend the ceremony.

If you have not yet ordered your graduation regalia, please contact the University Co-op as soon as possible. You must wear your cap  and gown for the ceremony, and we will not have extra caps, gowns, or tassels available for use.
Parking for Commencement activities is free in designated areas on a first come, first served basis.

University parking garages will be available as well as campus lots marked “C” Parking. The Brazos parking garage is the closest parking facility to Gregory Gym. Please visit this website for additional parking options. There will be one way traffic going eastbound on 21st, toward San Jacinto, in order to drop people off in front of Gregory. Please note that traffic can become congested in Austin, especially around the university campus during Commencement weekend. Guests should expect delays and allow extra time for travel and parking.

If you or a family member needs special assistance or accommodations, please contact Jenna Bacorn, by phone: 512-232-7259 or email:, to receive instructions regarding our accommodations.

Here is the link to the University-wide Ceremony, on Saturday, May 20.

Commencement Speaker- Matthew Dowd

A renowned entrepreneur and strategist, Matthew Dowd is widely viewed as one of the most independent and creative thought leaders in America today. 

As a bestselling author interpreting change in America and the globe, Dowd is out with a groundbreaking book on leadership in this disruptive and crucial moment titled A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve.  Serving as chief political analyst for ABC News, Dowd regularly brings his insights on cultural, economic and spiritual trends to Good Morning America, Nightline, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos providing a common sense perspective.

Dowd has worked both sides of the aisle serving Presidents, Governors, and Senators, but now considers himself a vehement independent.  For his innovative political work, he was awarded Strategist of the Year by the bipartisan American Association of Political Consultants.  His plea for our politics today is leaders put Country over Party.  

Dowd’s most recent startup is a venture firm, Paradox Capital, investing in early stage locally driven for profit, for good businesses. His desire is to bridge capitalism and social consciousness to help bring solutions to our communities. Over the years Dowd has given advice to Bono and the One campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the NBA. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center on Communication and has taught seminars at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin.

Dowd lives in Wimberley, Texas and is the proud father of three sons and a beautiful daughter.  

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