JSG Happenings


The Jackson School of Geosciences holds commencement ceremonies each May to honor the graduates and candidates of the entire academic year. The May 2018 commencement ceremony includes Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and proposed Summer 2018 graduates. Attendance at the graduation ceremony is optional.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

3:00 – 5:00pm


  • Commencement FAQ
  • JSG Class of ’18 Commencement Reception
    Prior to the JSG Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony, JSG graduates will be honored at a reception in the Holland Family Student Center on the second floor of the Jackson Geosciences Building to which family members and special guests are invited. There will be light refreshments and an opportunity to relax and visit with faculty, family and friends before the ceremony.
  • Commencement Details
    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    3:00 – 5:00pm

    • Ceremony begins promptly at 3 p.m.
    • The college anticipates that the ceremony will last 1.5-2 hours. Out of respect for all graduates, please plan to arrive on time and be present until the end of the ceremony.
    • Participating graduates and faculty members, please review respective FAQ areas for arrival time, check-in room, etc.
  • Location
    LBJ Library Auditorium, 2313 Red River St, Austin TX, 78705 (Directions to LBJ Library Auditorium)

    Live Broadcast – Bass Lecture Hall (same location)

  • Parking
    With the exception of spaces marked “At All Times,” the following university parking garages and most surface lots are available:

    • Parking Garages: TRG (Trinity Garage), BRG (Brazos Garage), SJG (San Jacinto Garage), and MAG (Manor Garage). The Manor Garage is the closest to the LBJ Auditorium
    • Parking garages and surface lots are available free of charge during spring commencement although space is limited and guests are strongly encouraged to allow plenty of time to navigate parking.
    • For more information see the UT campus parking website

    Accessibility Drop Off

    • Mobility impaired candidates or guests who cannot walk comfortably more than 5’ are advised to bring wheelchairs to the event. Due to the expected attendance, individuals are encouraged to secure the necessary equipment prior to arriving at the venue the day of the event.
    • The designated drop-off location for guests with mobility impairments is Lot 40 which is located at the intersection of Red River at Dean Keeton streets.
    • Participating graduates are asked to notify the JSG commencement coordinator no later than April 15th if any of their guests require accessibility and/or mobility assistance.
  • Campus Safety & Security
    The university has security procedures in place for all commencement ceremonies and venues. Please review the information below and plan accordingly to avoid delays. To view the full policy click here.

    • Backpacks, tote bags, or any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into the venue.
    • Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected to the venue.
    • In addition, security officers may search all bags including purses, camera cases, etc. before allowing guests to enter the venue.
    • Those visitors bringing small bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue, and those with prohibited large bags will be turned away.

    Personal Items

    • Visitors should be aware of the campus safety and security procedures referenced above regarding bags and other items allowed into the venue.
    • Graduates and participating faculty should not bring personal items (purses, coats) to the ceremony as they cannot be left in the prep/green room(s) and there is no secure area to secure them during the ceremony.
    • It is recommended that those participating in the ceremony carry cell phones and keys on a wristlet or in clothing with pockets.
  • Academic Regalia & Appropriate Dress
    Academic Regalia

    • Academic Regalia is required for all degree candidates^ and consists of a:
      • black robe
      • black mortar board
      • Earth Green tassel, and
      • Earth Green stole (BA, BS) or Earth Green hood (MA, MS)
      • ^Doctoral candidates (only) may elect to purchase the custom UT Austin doctoral regalia, which is all-inclusive and does not require the purchase of an Earth green tassel and Earth green hood.
    • Bachelor, Master’s and PhD regalia may be purchased from the University Coop. Check their website for ordering deadlines.
    • Graduating students that choose to borrow regalia, please make sure that you also have or purchase a Earth Green tassel and Earth Green stole (BA, BS) or Earth Green hood (MA, MS).
    • Only academic related additions to the regalia are allowed (i.e. UT Austin orange/white honor cords, honor society stoles, etc.)

    Appropriate Dress

    • Students should wear an appropriate outfit, preferably business casual attire, underneath their regalia.
    • For safety reasons please be mindful of the shoes you plan to wear for the commencement ceremony. The stairs to and from the stage may be slick and rather steep.
    • It is recommended that graduates not wear overly high heels or flip flops for the commencement ceremony.
  • Commencement Speaker
    • TBD
  • Guest Seating
    Guest Seating

    ALL tickets for the JSG Commencement ceremony (auditorium and live broadcast room) have been distributed to fill participating graduate’s requests. All venues are at capacity and therefore there are no additional tickets available.

    • Tickets are required for the JSG Commencement Ceremony (auditorium and live broadcast room).
    • Due to high demand students received a mixture of auditorium and live broadcast room tickets, particularly those with large parties. This provides the opportunity for every graduate crossing the stage to have family and friends in the auditorium.
    • The ceremony will be broadcast internally in the Bass Lecture Hall located upstairs from the LBJ Auditorium. Due to privacy concerns the video stream will not be recorded or broadcast publicly.
    • Seating for the JSG Spring Commencement ceremony will be available on a first-to-arrive, first-seated basis. Seats cannot be held or reserved for late arriving guests.
    • Out of respect for our graduates, once the ceremony begins guests seated in the main auditorium are expected to attend the entire ceremony. Guests with small children are encouraged to enjoy the ceremony from the live broadcast room if more accommodating their situation.

    Accessibility Accommodations

    • Accessible seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Due to the limited number of accessibility seating in the main auditorium, guests with mobility impairments may also find the live broadcast room more accommodating.
    • Mobility impaired candidates or guests who cannot walk comfortably more than 5’ are advised to bring wheelchairs to the event.
    • Due to the expected attendance, individuals are encouraged to secure the necessary equipment prior to arriving at the venue the day of the event.
    • While every effort will be made we may be unable to fulfill every accommodation request, particularly those not conveyed in advance to the event coordinators. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
  • University Commencement
    All Jackson School graduates and their families are encouraged to take part in the University-wide Spring Commencement on Saturday 19, 2018 at the UT Tower at 8am. Consult the event website for more information about pre-ceremony activities, parking, participant tickets and more.
  • Invitations
  • Photography
    • Flash Photography provides commencement photography services for every college and school commencement ceremony.
    • A professional photographer(s) from Flash Photography will be present at the JSG ceremony and will take an individual photo of each student prior to the ceremony and 1-2 shots of each student as they cross the stage.
    • All students wanting individual photos must check-in to the student room no later than 2pm the day of the ceremony.
    • Each graduate will receive an email directly from Flash Photography with a link to view their photos and directions for how to proceed with purchasing the photos of their choice.
  • Diplomas
    Diplomas are mailed out approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation. They are mailed by the Registrar’s Office directly to the graduate’s permanent address on file with The University of Texas at Austin. Questions should be directed to the UT Registrar’s Office.