Orange Poster with a large group of graduating students show behind the words What Starts Here Changes the World Join us to celebrate our 134th class of world-changing graduates. May 19-20, 2017The UT Tower will shine with burnt-orange lights and “17” displayed on its side to honor the Class of 2017 and this year’s graduates on both Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

The Tower will turn orange during the university-wide commencement celebration May 20 and will be orange again the following night.

Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown, a nationally respected figure in law enforcement, will deliver the keynote address during the 134th Spring Commencement. Convocations, during which colleges and schools recognize students individually, began Friday and continue up to the university-wide commencement celebration.

This year, 9,280 graduates will earn 9,669 degrees from UT. These graduates came to the Forty Acres from 48 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and 77 countries outside the U.S.

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