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Spring 2013 Convocation for Graduating Students

Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Bass Concert Hall
Commencement Speaker: SUSAN M. DISTEFANO, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

School of Nursing Ceremony Information

The School of Nursing Spring 2013 Commencement is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in Bass Concert Hall. Degree candidates should arrive promptly at 11:15 a.m. to allow adequate time for ceremony preparation. Tickets are not required for family or guests. The ceremony is expected to last 90 minutes.

University-Wide Commencement Information

The 130th Spring University-Wide Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. at The University of Texas at Austin Tower. Ticket Information - Tickets will be available starting May 6th at these 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 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May18, 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 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Commencement Speaker

Susan Distefano earned a bachelors degree in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from UT Health Nursing School. She is board certified in Nursing Administration, Advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Children's Hospitals (NACHRI), as well as on the boards of non-profits DePelchin Children's Center and The Joy School.

Among her many achievements, Mrs. Distefano received the prestigious President's Award and "Nurse of the Year" designation from the Texas Nurses Association and the Distinguished Alumni award from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) Medical School.


All UT parking garages will be free and open to the public on Friday, 5/17.  The San Jacinto Garage (2401 San Jacinto) and Manor Garage (2017 Robert Dedman Dr) are near Bass Concert Hall.  Parking is also unrestricted in all “C” lots on these days.  Disabled parking is available along the east side of Robert Dedman Drive.  Please allow adequate time for parking. Additional parking information is available at the Parking and Transportation Website.

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia required: Caps and gowns can be obtained from the University Co-op. The Graduation Department will open March 6th, 2013. Complete information on purchase or rental of caps and gowns is available on the University Co-op website. On the left side of this webpage, click on Graduation.

PhD regalia: March 6th-8th Doctoral Regalia Sale - students and faculty may purchase their doctoral regalia at COST these three days only. (Discount of 28%). March 22nd is the Doctoral purchase deadline for both Faculty and Students. April 5th is the last day to RENT doctoral (and faculty) regalia. **Note! The Faculty Loaner regalia that the Office of Relationship Management coordinates does not include a doctoral hood, so if faculty would like a hood, they must place a rental order by this date.

Masters regalia: Purchase is approximately $64.99 for the cap, gown, tassel and hood. Last day to purchase regalia is May 3rd.

BSN regalia: Purchase is approximately $55.99 for the cap, gown, stole and tassel. Last day to purchase regalia is May 10th.

Invitations: Graduation announcements and invitations may be purchased at the Co-op as well as other locations. It takes about 2-5 business days after ordering to receive the invitations. It is recommended that students send invitations out to arrive at least 2 weeks prior to the ceremony.

Locations: Students may shop online at the University Co-op website, or they may visit one of the following stores:

  • Graduation Department in the lower level of the Main Co-op
    2246 Guadalupe St.
    Austin, TX 78705
    800-255-1896 option 7
  • Co-op East
    2902 Medical Arts
    Austin, TX 78705

*Please note, Doctoral candidates should visit the Main Store location only.

Special Regalia Items: Bulk orders for honors cords or other special regalia items may be ordered through the Co-op -pricing varies by quantities and styles. If any organization is interested in a special item, they can contact me about pricing. I'll do my best to beat any other pricing.

Commencement Weekend: The Co-op Graduation Department will be open early (at least an hour before the ceremonies begin) on graduation weekend - if anyone has lost an item or forgotten something, the Co-op will be open.

  • Students may use their Co-op rebate cards toward their purchases  
    (including online orders).
  • Bachelors and Masters Students must purchase their set of regalia (as designed by the University). Rentals are not available, except for faculty and doctorates.

Photography: A photographer will be at the ceremony to take pictures of each candidate as they are congratulated by Dean Stuifbergen. A card will be given to you to fill out for the announcement of your name. The photography company will also use the card to mail your photo and you will be given the opportunity at that time to make a purchase if you choose.

Special Assistance for Graduates & Guests

The staff at Bass Concert Hall is prepared to make accommodations for all graduates and/or guests needing special assistance. Guests with mobility impairments should enter through the southeast front entrance of the Concert Hall (there is a ramp at this entrance) and should arrive by 11:00 a.m. A house manager will admit and seat these guests before the lobby opens. Special seating can been designated for guests in need of assistance.

Graduates needing special assistance should contact Christina Jarvis to make arrangements.

For the University Wide Commencement please check the website Services for People with Disabilities.

Additional Information

Instructions for Ceremony Participants will be emailed out during the 2nd week of May for the School of Nursing Spring Commencement. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Christina Jarvis or call her at 512-232-4799. We look forward to seeing all of you on Friday, May 17th.