Commencement weekend was the grand finale to the academic year and a time of celebration and reflection for the graduating Class of 2016 and all those who have supported them on their life journeys. Though the weather threatened, students, faculty, family and friends were able to enjoy the college and school convocations on Friday and Saturday, and the Main Commencement on the Mall by the Tower Saturday evening without interruption. The entire weekend was an exciting, inspiring and enjoyable sharing of UT history, tradition, aspirations and honor.
This years Commencement Speaker was Sara Martinez Tucker, a member of The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Her remarks were moving and inspiring.
In reflecting on her own life, she reminded the 133rd class of UT Austin graduates that they have the potential to change the world and the responsibility to evolve and continually reinvent themselves for the betterment of society. She quoted President Fenves September 2015 Inaugural Address, when he described The University of Texas at Austin as the University of whats next. This was a theme throughout her remarks. In remembering all the inspirational people who have touched the lives of our graduates, Regent Tucker said her most important message to the graduating class was that Your impact on others can be as much as or even more than the impact they had on you! Her advice for doing so and for living an inspired life was:
- Find Your Talents – Ask yourself What can I do to make a difference today?
- Find Your Voice – The ability to not just say something, but to say it from a place of truth and conviction.
- Find Your Passion Embracing opportunity leads to more exploration.
Her counsel to the graduating class of 2016 is powerful and meaningful for all of us: Discover your potential. Make a difference. Never stop asking Whats next? You can to listen to her remarks on the Commencement website ; you will proud be of our students, of our work here at the University and of being a part of the University of whats next.
President Fenves sent a warm Thank You message to everyone involved in making commencement happen:
Carmel and I are amazed and grateful for the tremendous University Commencement ceremony Saturday night. We have received a huge amount of compliments from students, families, faculty, staff, alumni and many who watched live on the Longhorn Network. The event was flawless, highly professional, and showed the University of Texas at its best. Please convey my thanks to the hundreds of UT staff who worked so hard to make Commencement a memorable event for tens of thousands of Longhorns.
ITS staff who earned our appreciation and kudos for helping ensure a successful Commencement weekend include: From Multi-media Jim Chapman, Jim Berry, Schuyler Hupp, Sean Conway, George Geranios, Bob Corrigan; From Networking AJ Martinez, Jeff Cannon, David Breeze; From Cabling and Construction Daniel Cantu, Jeffrey Gonzalez, Benjamin Pollard, Harold Nall, Conrad Sanchez, Julius Montgomery, James Pruett, Sean Sheehan, Brett Wilson, Richard Barrow, Sean Lynch, Reggie Lawson; From Security David Krolczyk, Cyrus Moreshed, Dwain Pape, David Begier; From the Storeroom Brian Bradley; and From Customer Support Services Patrick Couture who helped with the new teleprompter for President Fenves and Regent Sara Martinez Tucker.
Hook em Horns!