The University announced Tuesday that it is planning in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2021 and 2020, according to an email sent by UT President Jay Hartzell.
The class of 2021 will have an in-person celebration at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on May 22. The class of 2020 will also have a celebration at the stadium Sept. 17, according to the email.
“Both events will include lighting the tower and fireworks, and other details will be shared with those classes as they become available,” Hartzell said in the email. “Obviously, procedures for both celebrations could change depending on pandemic conditions, but I’m optimistic that we can proceed as planned.”
Plans for the events will develop and change over the coming months based on the state of public health in Austin, University spokesperson J.B. Bird said.
“All of the plans that the University is making are contingent on public health conditions,” Bird said. “There is going to be a lot of safety precautions.”
The email also announced that The Eyes of Texas History Committee will finalize its report on the school song, “The Eyes of Texas,” by March 1. The report was originally set to publish this January and was pushed back to the end of February last week. The report will study the history of the alma mater and will be shared with the University once published.
The email also announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services has designated UT a vaccine hub for Texas.
“We’ll be allocated more vaccine so we can take on an expanded role in vaccinating those in Austin, especially those in underserved communities, while also leading vaccination efforts on campus,” Hartzell said in the email.
The University will continue to vaccinate those who classify as 1A or 1B who are currently students, faculty or staff members, and they can visit the University’s vaccine distribution page for more information.
The 1A and 1B group include “essential health care workers and people who are medically vulnerable.” Details on how both groups can receive the vaccine will be released soon, according to the email.
Hartzell also plans to deliver his inaugural State of the University address Feb. 4 through an audio broadcast that will be available to stream or download.