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AUSTIN, Texas — The nation’s deputy secretary of state, several corporate executives, a nationally recognized political strategist and a Texas entrepreneur/philanthropist are among the speakers scheduled for convocation ceremonies at The University of Texas at Austin May 20-22.

Convocations hosted by the various colleges, schools and departments are the ceremonies in which undergraduates and graduate students are recognized individually. The convocations have unique honors and traditions and provide photo opportunities for families and friends to capture special moments, such as the hooding of doctor’s and master’s degree students or of deans greeting graduates as they walk across the stage. Graduates this year will wear eco-friendly caps and gowns made of recycled materials.

Graduating students will join together on the South Mall of the Main Building for the 127th Spring Commencement ceremony on May 22, which begins with a carillon prelude at 7 p.m. and ends with a fireworks display and the traditional singing of “The Eyes of Texas.” Marcia Gay Harden, a University of Texas at Austin alumna who has received an Oscar, a Best Actress Tony Award and numerous other honors throughout her career, will be the speaker. The event celebrates the graduation of about 7,800 students this spring.

Convocation speakers for individual ceremonies May 21 and May 22 hosted by the various colleges, schools and departments include: Red McCombs, chairman/founder of McCombs Enterprises; James B. Steinberg, deputy secretary of state in the U.S. Department of State; Frank Bennack, vice chairman and chief executive officer of The Hearst Corporation; political strategist Paul Begala; Milton Lee, chief executive officer of CPS Energy; several university professors and William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin.

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