McCombs holds the Texas MBA Convocation in addition to the university-wide spring commencement. Students who have completed their coursework during the previous fall or the current spring terms and students who will complete their coursework during the upcoming summer term are eligible to participate in the 2016 Texas MBA Convocation. All students are individually recognized at the event.
The convocation for the Texas MBA Class of 2016 is Friday, May 20, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Gregory Gymnasium. The university-wide commencement is Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. at the Tower. Please see the University Commencement website for more information.
The keynote speaker for the 2016 MBA convocation is Holly McMullan: Head of North American Business Development at Apollo Global Management. Apollo, founded in 1990, is one of the largest alternative investment managers in the world. Ms. McMullan holds a BA from Sheffield Hallam University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Regalia must be worn for the convocation and consists of a black cap and gown and an orange and white hood with a "drab" color (that's the official color name) tassel. Regalia can be purchased at the University Co-op or from the Co-op website starting in March. The deadline to order regalia for MBA students is May 8.
Invitations, rings, and other graduation mementos can be ordered at the University Co-op or from the Co-op website starting in March.
In late March or early April, you will receive an email asking you to verify the spelling of your name. Diplomas are mailed four to six weeks after Commencement to your permanent address. To verify that your permanent address is up-to-date, please visit UT Direct. If you have questions, call the Diploma Office at 512-475-7620.
It is never too early to make hotel reservations and book flights. There are a number of local accommodations nearby.
Graduation Application and Satisfaction Survey
All students must apply to graduate in May. The application will be available in the Spring. Students will get further instructions as we get closer to the date.
Services for Graduates/Visitors with Disabilities
Special services are available to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities. If you require special accommodations, please contact Jolene Ashcraft at 512-471-7612 or Jolene.Ashcraft@mccombs.utexas.edu at least five days prior to the ceremony. While every effort will be made, we may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.
There will be a drop-off zone in front of Gregory Gym so that elderly or disabled guests will not have to walk from a parking garage.
Safety procedures will be in place for upcoming Commencement ceremonies at The University of Texas at Austin. The safety of our visitors and community is our highest concern and we appreciate your help with this.
Backpacks, tote bags and any bags larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into any of the Commencement venues. This applies to college, school and departmental ceremonies as well as the university-wide Commencement ceremony at the Tower. The current policy prohibiting coolers, picnic baskets, lawn chairs and large strollers also remains in effect.
All other bags, including purses, camera cases and diaper bags will be searched by security officers before visitors are permitted to enter both ceremonies.
We strongly urge all attendees not to bring bags to any of the ceremonies unless they are absolutely necessary. Those visitors bringing smaller bags should expect delays when entering the venue and those with the prohibited larger bags will be turned away. Please plan accordingly and do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.
- Kozmetsky Scholar
The Kozmetsky Scholar award honors Dr. George M. Kozmetsky, who served as Dean of the McCombs School of Business for 16 years. Kozmetsky Scholars must earn an overall GPA of 4.0.
- Dean's Award for Academic Excellence
Recipients of the Dean's award for Academic Excellence must earn an overall GPA of 3.8 or higher during their entire program, with no more than two incomplete grades at any time.
- Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving students in business administration. The Texas Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 1922 and is the first chapter in Texas, preceded by only 14 national chapters. To be eligible for this invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma, an MBA student must rank in the top 20 percent of his or her class.
- Sord Scholar (Full-Time MBA Program Award)
The Sord Scholar award was named in honor of Dr. Burnard H. Sord, who served 11 years as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in Business Administration. Sord Scholars must earn a GPA of 3.8 or higher in the MBA core curriculum.
Award certificates are mailed to recipients after they graduate from the MBA Program. There are no monetary awards associated with these honors. Academic awards are given by the Texas MBA Program; there is no award notation on the student's diploma or transcript.