Dallas PD chief to give UT commencement speech this spring

David Brown
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown speaks during a news conference at police headquarters in Dallas. Dallas police say one or more suspects opened fire on police headquarters early Saturday morning, June 13, 2015, rammed a police car and fled to a fast food restaurant just off interstate 45 outside the city where they are engaged in a standoff with police. Police Chief Brown tells a news confrerence that preliminary witness statements suggest there may have been other assailants firing from elevated locations. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former University of Texas student who never got to walk to stage himself has accepted the invitation to speak to UT graduates in the spring.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown will join the ranks of past Presidents and other national figures and deliver the commencement speech.

In July, he led the Dallas Police force through some of its darkest days when four DPD officers and a DART officer were killed in an attack on the streets of downtown Dallas. SWAT officers used a robot to kill the man responsible.

According to the Dallas Morning News, UT President Greg Fenves called the Chief Brown asking him to speak and he accepted the invitation Friday.

“Chief Brown’s lifetime of service and heroism is an inspiration for all of our students and graduates. He left UT early to give back to his community – and we are proud that he will return next spring to inspire the next generation,” UT Austin President Greg Fenves said in a statement posted to the University’s website.

Chief Brown left UT early to join the Dallas Police Department, and recently announced he will be retiring next month.

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