On May 23, bestselling author and speaker Brené Brown will deliver UT’s universitywide commencement speech. When she first agreed to speak, she thought she’d stand in front of thousands of students inside of the Frank Erwin Center. Now, she’ll be speaking to her laptop camera from her office in Houston.
At first, Alessandria Garza said she was unfazed. “I was like, ‘It's fine,’ but it’s when I called my mom and had to tell her that graduation was canceled (that) I just started bursting into tears,” theatre studies senior Garza said.
After the cancellation of in-person graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19, Services for Students with Disabilities considered postponing the first-ever Disability Graduation. Then, they asked the students who were helping plan the ceremony, SSD assistant director Emily Shryock said.
In the midst of a global pandemic, Alex Seiler said she saw an opportunity to serve. Seiler started the Austin branch of Fuel the Fight in response to the coronavirus crisis. Fuel the Fight is a volunteer-based organization that utilizes 100% of its donations to buy meals from local restaurants for nurses and doctors on the front lines.