Sunflower FAQs

  1. When and where will the Sunflower Ceremony be held?

    The ceremony will start at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Gregory Gym. Ceremony participants must assemble by 2:45 p.m.  Guests should enter the historic gym up the exterior steps on Speedway.  Graduates, and guests with disabilities only, should enter through the ground floor main doors (as if you were using the facility).

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  2. Do I need to buy tickets or reserve seating?

    No. Seating at the Sunflower Ceremony is first-come, first-seated. There will be plenty of seats available, so invite everyone you know!

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  3. Who may participate in the ceremony?

    December 2016 and May and August 2017 JD and LLM graduates may participate. LLMs, then JDs are recognized in alphabetical order. Diplomas are not handed out. Visiting students may not participate.

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  4. How do I order invitations for my guests?

    Invitations can be ordered at the University Co-Op. It's recommended you order at least 2 weeks before graduation to ensure that your announcements and invitations arrive in time. Visit www.universitycoop.com for online order forms, or visit The Co-Op East.

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  5. What is the proper attire for graduates?

    Traditional Law School academic regalia is a business suit.  While white suits – along with khaki and seersucker – have been a longstanding tradition from the Law School’s beginning, business suits of any hue are appropriate for both men and women.  The Sunflower Ceremony is a formal event commemorating your graduation from a professional school; additionally, there are always many prestigious guests in attendance.  Suit jackets or blazers are required for all participants.  Ties are required for men.  Neither shorts and other casual clothing nor dressy attire suitable for a party is appropriate.  Flip-flops and other non-professional shoes may not be worn.  Graduates who fail to comply with the dress code may be excluded from the ceremony.

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  6. Can my children walk across the stage with me as I receive my sunflower?

    Yes. Your children may sit in a designated row just behind the graduate seating, on the right as they face the stage.  There will be sufficient seating for the children and one accompanying adult.  The children will be able to join you as your row stands up to walk across the stage.  The accompanying adult should meet the children as they come off the stage.

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  7. Will professional photographs be taken?

    Yes.  You will hear directly from the University's official photographer, Flash Photography, after the ceremony.

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  8. Where should I park?

    Recommended parking areas are the San Jacinto Garage, near the Law School, and the Brazos Garage, closest to Gregory Gym.  A reception will be held at the Law School immediately after the ceremony.  A parking map is available here.

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  9. What disability accommodations exist?

    Guests with disabilities may be dropped off on 21st Street near the corner of Speedway; the car can then proceed to one of the parking locations.  21st Street will be one way heading eastbound. There will be no disability parking.

    The University provides wheelchairs to transport guests to the arena.  We encourage guests to take advantage of this option and use personal wheelchairs only if the guest cannot transfer from a wheelchair to a seat.  There will be a small wheelchair accessible section on the arena floor, with room for one accompanying able-bodied guest per wheelchair.  There is also room for wheelchairs at the end of each seating row.

    Additional disability accommodation requests should be made at least five days prior to Commencement activities. While every effort will be made, the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.

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  10. What else do I need to do to graduate?

    All graduates must have completed an Application for Graduation, and must have completed sufficient hours to graduate.

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  11. How long will the ceremony last?

    The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours.

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  12. Will food/refreshments be provided?

    Following the ceremony, a reception sponsored by the Alumni Association will be held in the Susman Godfrey Atrium. Everyone is welcome.

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  13. Should I attend the UT commencement?

    The university-wide ceremony is also on Saturday, May 20, in front of the UT Tower at 8 p.m. Graduates are recognized by college/school. The traditional academic (cap and gown) or law school regalia (business suit, with your sunflower) must be worn. A processional ticket for the graduate is needed for this ceremony. Tickets are for degree candidates only and are free of charge.

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