AUSTIN (KXAN) – Saturday marked the 131st commencement ceremony at The University of Texas.
Approximately 25,000 people, including 8,200 graduates, gathered on the Main Mall, south of the UT Tower Saturday night. Navy Admiral William McRaven, who graduated from UT and led the raid to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011, acted as the keynote speaker.
“Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up–if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and— what started here will indeed have changed the world-for the better,” McRaven told graduates.
The Longhorn Band will led the crowd in “The Eyes of Texas” before a fireworks display capped off the night. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the fireworks display at commencement.
UT Graduates by the numbers (Source: University of Texas)
College of Liberal Arts: 1,753
College of Natural Sciences: 1,301
Moody College of Communication: 828
Jackson School of Geosciences: 23
School of Social Work: 49
School of Architecture: 58
Most Common Home State (Excluding Texas)
New York: 69
Only state not represented: South Dakota
Most Common Home Country (Excluding the U.S.)