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May 7, 2013

St. Edward's University Commencement 2013 Presents 1,006 Degrees, Live Video Viewing and Hilltop Send-Off

St. Edward’s University will hold its 127th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River Street, where 1,006 graduates will receive their degrees. A total of 725 Spring 2013 graduation candidates, as well as 158 Fall 2012 graduates and 186 Summer 2013 candidates, will be honored. This year’s event features a recent member of the U.S. Department of State delivering the keynote address, live online video viewing of the commencement ceremony, plus a graduation-eve celebration on campus.

Former Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State to Serve as Commencement Speaker

Maria Otero, former Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the Department of State under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will serve as the 2013 commencement speaker. Otero will also be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa honorary degree.

During her tenure, Otero oversaw U.S. foreign policy related to democracy, human rights, population, refugees, trafficking in persons, rule of law, counter-narcotics, crisis prevention and response, global criminal justice, and countering violent extremism.

Bill Munday to Receive Honorary Degree from St. Edward’s University

The Board of Trustees approved the awarding of an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, to William F. Munday, which he is scheduled to receive at this year’s commencement ceremony.

This award is intended to honor Munday’s exceptional commitment to philanthropy and the mission of St. Edward’s University, as well as his success as a business leader and entrepreneur. Bill and his wife Pat are the university’s largest donors, having contributed more than $36 million since 2003. The Mundays’ dedication to the university’s mission and access to education began in 2003, when they provided a $500,000 endowment for scholarships. Most recently, the Mundays gave $20 million to the school’s endowment to be used for future scholarships.

A Glimpse of the May 2013 Spring Graduates

St. Edward’s University officials will confer approximately 725 degrees to Spring 2013 graduates. Degree distribution is as follows:

Traditional Undergraduate:        517

New College Undergraduate:     87

Graduate:                                121

Total:                                      725


Nicole Driscoll ’13 will deliver the valedictory address. A double major in Social Work and Religious and Theological Studies, Driscoll has consistently earned her place on the Dean’s List. An Honors Program participant, she received the Holy Cross Scholarship, Irene Wischer Scholarship and Faculty Scholarship. She is an active member of the Theta Alpha Kappa Religious Studies Honor Society, Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society and Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. After graduating from St. Edward’s University, Driscoll will attend the University of Notre Dame in the Master of Divinity program.

Tyler Mount ’13, commencement vocalist, will lead the audience in the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. As a Theater Arts major, Mount has appeared as actor or stage manager in fifteen productions at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre. He was a recipient of the 2012 Austin Critics Table W.H. “Deacon” Crain Special Citation for Outstanding Student Work and is a 2013 company member of New York’s prestigious CAP21 School for Musical Theatre.

Hilltop Send-Off: A Celebration for 2013 Graduates, Friday, May 10, 2013

On the eve of graduation, St. Edward’s University invites all December 2012, May 2013 and August 2013 graduates, and their families and friends, to participate in the Hilltop Send-Off. This special event held on campus recognizes the achievements of our graduating seniors and welcomes them as new alumni.

The Hilltop Send-Off will begin with Baccalaureate Mass to be celebrated in the Recreation and Convocation Center at 6:30 p.m. St. Edward’s is honored to have Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, DD, STL, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, preside.

Following Baccalaureate Mass, graduates will participate in a Legacy Walk at 7:45 p.m. The Legacy Walk will take them through the heart of campus and the historic red doors of Main Building, symbolizing the completion of their academic careers and entry into the St. Edward’s alumni community. Family and friends are invited to await the graduates’ arrival as they exit the red doors of Main Building.

The Hilltop Send-Off culminates with the Red Doors Revelry at 8:30 p.m. — a festive outdoor reception on Trustee Hall lawn. Participants will enjoy a Champagne toast and the downtown night skyline. Graduates will receive a special gift from the Alumni Office and have the opportunity to connect with their classmates and professors. (There will be designated meet-up areas for each school.)

Graduates are welcome to participate in all events or just the ones of their choosing. If participating in only the Legacy Walk, please come to the Recreation and Convocation Center parking lot by 7:30 p.m. in cap and gown (do not wear your hood).

Important Parking Information

Traffic will be congested and parking will be more challenging that morning due to the U.I.L. State Track and Field meet at Mike A. Meyers Stadium, which is one half-mile north of the Erwin Center. Graduates should be at the Frank Erwin Center by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Doors open at 9 a.m. There will be a $12 per vehicle fee in parking lots. The City of Austin charges for meter parking on Saturdays. Credit cards accepted.

Graduation Day Information for Students and Parents

Graduates should plan to meet at the Frank Erwin Center in the Lone Star Room at 9 a.m. Use the Red River Street entrance and follow the signs to the Lone Star Room for lining up. Ushers will be available to direct the graduates. At 9 a.m., graduates will start assembling into ranks.

The Red River Street entrance is available only to graduates, faculty members and mobility-impaired guests. All other guests should enter the Frank Erwin Center through the public entrances, which can be accessed by taking the northwest ramp or the southwest ramp from the street level. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Only graduates and faculty members will be seated in the chairs on the floor. Guests in wheelchairs should enter through the Red River Street entrance where ushers will direct them to the elevator which will take them to mobility-impaired seating located on the back row of the Arena Level.

After the ceremony, graduates should arrange to meet with their family and friends outside the Frank Erwin Center on the north end by the flagpoles.

Parking map for graduates and their guests (PDF)

Live Video Streaming of the May 2013 Commencement

A live video of the St. Edward’s University 127th Commencement will be available online. Family and friends of the 2013 graduates may begin viewing the live video at 9:45 a.m. CDT on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at this link: View Live Video of Commencement

There will be no charge for viewing, and no registration is required. Simply click on “watch” to view the video. For your convenience, the commencement video will be archived and available for future viewing.