Agents of Change: Saluting UTSOA's 2018 Graduates
The School of Architecture's 105th commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, May 19, in Hogg Memorial Auditorium. More than 1,000 family members and friends attended to celebrate over 200 graduates.
Candidates dressed in their caps and gowns processed alongside faculty, dressed in the regalia of their alma maters, from Goldsmith Hall to the university's first theater, designed by Paul Cret and named for Texas' first native governor.
Dean Michelle Addington opened the ceremony, remarking, "On my way to change the school, the school changed me." She congratulated all candidates and graduates, reminding them that they will always remain part of the UTSOA family and urging, "We are counting on you to be the ones to change the world."
Julián Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio, 16th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Dean’s Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy at UT Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, delivered the commencement address. Castro began with a warm "¡Felicitaciones! " and by advising graduates, "This nation needs you. We are in a time where brain power is the currency of success. The role that you will play in our society, in many ways, is more important than it ever has been." He continued to share personal experiences and the lessons wrought from them, including the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people and the power of giving back. He spoke about the need for not only specialized skills, but for an open mind, an appreciation of evidence, creativity, and teamwork as graduates enter the working world. Finally, he highlighted the graduates' important roles as community builders and designers of spaces where communities come together. "All of us should use our talent and resources to give back in some way...I hope you will build up a stronger community in Austin, here in Texas, and across the world."
Associate deans Bob Paterson, Francisco Gomes, and Juan Miró presented degree certificates as candidates crossed the stage, becoming graduates and Texas Exes.
After the ceremony, family, friends, faculty, and staff gathered to toast the next generation of leaders in the Texas Union Ballroom before the university-wide celebration and fireworks show at the UT Tower.
Congratulations to our new alumni! We can't wait to see what you do next.