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2017 Texas MBA Convocation

Graduation Checklist

  • Complete the Application and Satisfaction Survey (if applicable, varies by program) 
  • Order your cap, gown, hood, and tassel (process varies by program)
  • Order photos (you will receive instructions via e-mail following the ceremony)
  • Receive diploma at permanent address four to six weeks after graduation (unless indicated differently by your program coordinator)

Viewing Convocation

2017 Texas MBA Convocation Video
The Texas MBA Convocation Spring 2017 ceremony can be viewed here.

Videotaping and Live Web Feed
The Texas MBA Convocation will be videotaped and live streamed on UT Austin's Ustream channel.

McCombs holds the Texas MBA Convocation in addition to the unversity-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 2017 Texas MBA Convocation. All students are individually recognized at the event.

The convocation for the Texas MBA Class of 2017 is Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Gregory Gymnasium. The university-wide commencement is Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. at the Tower. Please see the University Commencement website for more information.

Event Details

Guest Speaker

Elaine AgatherThe keynote speaker for the 2017 MBA convocation is Elaine Agather. She is the Chairman of Chase’s Dallas region and serves as the South Region Head for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In managing J.P. Morgan’s private banking business across the South Region, she and her team help clients grow and sustain wealth over multiple generations.

Elaine Agather joined Chemical Bank of New York in 1979, working in London, San Francisco and New York until she relocated to Dallas in 1984. After the 1986 merger of Chemical and Texas Commerce Bank, Ms. Agather was promoted to Chairman of Texas Commerce Bank in Fort Worth in 1992 and joined the Private Bank to manage client advisory groups across the state in 1997. In 1999, she was elected Chairman and CEO of Dallas.

Ms. Agather serves as board member for the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Performing Arts Fort Worth, Fossil, the J. F Maddox Foundation, and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. She serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. She is also a member of the Dallas Citizens Council. A native of Sherman, Texas, Ms. Agather graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics, and received her M.B.A. from The University of Texas.


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 7.

Invitations, etc.

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 Betty Trevino at 512-232-7664 or 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 Precautions

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.

Academic Awards

  • 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.