CLASS OF 2022
MAY 20 - 21, 2022
Baccalaureate, May 20, 7 p.m., Clifford J. Grum Sanctuary, Wynne Chapel.
(Seniors in caps and gowns begin lining up at 6:40 p.m., Windsor Mall)
The Reverend Dr. Ted Wardlaw
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
After a highly successful 20 years at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, Dr. Wardlaw will retire from the presidency this year.
IDEA Center, Oscar C. Page Atrium | 8 - 10 p.m.
Party for Seniors, Families, and Guests immediately following Baccalaureate, hosted by Student Affairs staff and Senior Committee
Commencement Exercises, May 21, 8:30 a.m., Clyde L. Hall Graduation Court, north of Caruth Administration Building. Seniors with caps, gowns, and hoods begin lining up at 7 a.m. in front of Abell Library. Simulcast viewing is available in the Pouch Club of Wright Campus Center for guests who prefer indoor accommodations.
NOTE: Diplomas will not be included in the covers received during the ceremony. Mid-year and May graduates may pick up their diplomas immediately after Commencement ends and for one hour following on the porch of Wynne Chapel. Only graduates, with photo IDs, may receive the diplomas. Those not picked up will be mailed to the address listed on the Graduation Application. Diplomas for summer graduates will be mailed in August.
President Stephen P. O'Day, J.D., L.H.D.
16th President of Austin College
President O’Day describes his career in higher education as “being driven by a deeply held belief that we are called upon to personally educate and support the whole student—mind, body, and spirit—in the classroom and lab, on the athletic field, on the stage, in the studio, in the workplace, in the residence hall, throughout the global community, and in every facet of the student experience. This belief is grounded in a blending of the liberal arts and specialized training necessary for lives of significance, leadership, service, and integrity.”
Senior Speaker: Sara Schuster
Selected by her classmates as Senior Speaker, Sara also was named Outstanding Senior this spring. She has been active in Senior Committee, Campus Activities Board, and Omega Zeta sorority. She is completing a major in chemistry and minors in biology and Spanish. This fall, she will attend Vanderbilt University to pursue a master's degree in biomedical science, and then she plans to attend medical school.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Chief Gary Batton, 47th Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Chief Batton's focus is on the revitalization of the Choctaw Nation's culture, growth, and opportunities for tribal members and the financial stability of the Tribe as a whole. He is concerned with preserving and passing down the culture while providing opportunities for the future and remaining focused on faith, family, and culture. He is enthusiastic in his vision for the Choctaw people and looks to the future of the great journey of the Choctaw people.
Alumni Engagement Office
Second floor Wortham Center
903.813.2419 or 800.467.6646
Cap and Gown Questions
Contact Sonya Richardson