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DDCE Spring Graduation Celebrations

By Jessica Sinn

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We raise our horns to all spring 2021 graduates who have worked hard and persevered through new and challenging times. Below is a listing of virtual and on-campus commencement celebrations that honor our remarkable graduating seniors. Good luck to all our new alumni and hook ‘em!

For more information on the university-wide commencement ceremony, happening at 8 p.m. in the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (DKR) on Saturday, May 22, go to this site.

Black Graduation

Where: LBJ Library Lawn/Parking Lot
When: Thursday, May 20 (time TBD)
Hashtag: #UTBlackGrad2021

Black Graduation is an annual program that gives graduates the chance to commemorate and cherish all the accomplishments, memories and challenges throughout their college years. This year’s event will also include a “Black Parade” in the LBJ Library parking lot for guests to celebrate with students. Black Graduation is hosted by Afrikan American Affairs, a student agency within the MEC. Visit the MEC website for updates.


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Disability Graduation

Where: Zoom
When: Thursday, May 20, 4 p.m.
Hashtags: UTDisabilityGrad21, #UTDisabilityGrad2021

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) and several campus partners are co-hosting the second annual Disability Graduation, a celebration honoring graduates with disabilities. This year’s event will include speakers as well as individual recognition for graduates. Graduates interested in receiving a care package are asked to RSVP (form to be posted on the SSD website).   Graduating student spotlights will be posted on the SSD’s social media channels: Facebook and Instagram.Visit the SSD website for updates.


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First-Gen Longhorns Graduation

Where: Online. Link TBA
When: Wednesday, May 19, 11 a.m.
Hashtag: #UTFirstGenGrad

First-Gen Longhorns Graduation recognizes the accomplishments, successes and achievements of all graduating students who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. The event is hosted by the Multicultural Engagement Center, the Office of the Vice President and Student Success Initiatives. Visit the First-Gen Longhorns website for updates.


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GraduAsian

Where: Online. Link TBA
When: Wednesday, May 19, 6 p.m.

In partnership with several campus partners, the Multicultural Engagement Center is reviving GraduAsian, a ceremony that commemorates the many achievements of UT Austin’s graduating Asian American students. For more information and updates, visit the GraduAsian website.


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Latinx Graduation

Where: UT Austin Campus (location TBA)
When: Late April (date and time TBA)
Hashtag: #UTLatinxGrad

A celebration for the entire Latinx community, Latinx Graduation recognizes the accomplishments, successes and achievements of all the Latinx graduates. The event is hosted by Latinx Community Affairs, a student agency within the MEC. Visit the MEC website for updates.


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Lavender Graduation

Where: Twitch; cupcake pick-up at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
When: Virtual Ceremony: Wednesday, May 19, 4-6 p.m. In-person cupcake pickup: Friday, May 7
Hashtag: #LonghornLavGrad

 The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) and several co-hosts present Lavender Graduation, a special ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex and ally students on campus. This year’s ceremony will include speeches from faculty, administrators, students and alumni; the chance to cross the Lavender Stage to celebrate your success and to receive a Lavender Graduation certificate as well as a rainbow tassel; and music cupcakes and food to share with friends, family and well-wishers! For students and alumni interested in participating/receiving a care package, register here: tinyurl.com/UTlavgrad2021. The ceremony will be completely virtual, but students have the option to pick up cupcakes and get their photos taken on May 7.  Visit the GSC website for updates.