Thousands to graduate from UT this weekend

FILE - University of Texas Tower (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - University of Texas Tower (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After years of putting in the work, thousands of University of Texas at Austin students will walk across the stage over the next few days and become college graduates.

Retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown will deliver the keynote address during the 134th Spring Commencement. Brown was the chief last summer when five of his officers were shot and killed during an ambush attack in downtown 

Spring commencement from the various colleges starts at 8 a.m. Friday and runs all the way until 4 p.m. Saturday.

The graduation comes on the heels of the deadly stabbing spree that killed one student and injured three more. For Student Body President Kevin Helgren, the recent attack is something no campus should have to deal with, but the Longhorn community always comes together.

“You rise to the occasion and you’re really thankful for the people in your life who make it a little easier,” says Helgren.

University officials are also keeping an eye on the severe weather. The university plans to hold its outdoor, university-wide commencement on Saturday, May 20 on the Main Mall, south of the UT Tower, as scheduled but has a backup plan to hold the event Sunday, May 21 in the event weather poses a danger. If commencement is rescheduled for Sunday, all activities will start one hour earlier than originally planned, weather permitting.

If the university needs to reschedule due to weather danger, it will announce the decision Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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