The Office of Undergraduate Education

University Convocation

University Convocation, the first step in a student's academic journey at UT Dallas, is the official welcome for all incoming freshmen and transfer students, as well as the formal introduction to the freshman theme. The UT Dallas community charges the Class of 2019 with the continuation of the theme, "Service Matters: In My Home, On My Campus, In My Community, Around the World." Incoming freshmen and transfer students are expected to personify this theme by actively engaging in Service Matters activities and striving to be service leaders on campus.

The 2015 University Convocation ceremony is on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at 4:00 pm in the Activity Center gymnasium. If you are a faculty member, student leader, or staff member, please gather outside the racquetball courts at 3:30 pm to participate in the processional. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will sit in the stands of the Activity Center gymnasium.

Gary S. May

Keynote Speaker

Gary S. May is the dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering and holds the Southern Company Chair and an academic appointment as professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. As dean, he serves as the chief academic officer of the college, leading more than 400 faculty members and 13,000 students.

Prior to his current appointment, May was the Steve W. Chaddick Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His field of research is computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits, an area in which he currently holds a patent. He has authored more than 200 technical publications, contributed to 15 books, and participated in acquiring over $49 million in research funding. In 2010, he was named the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley and is a Fellow of the AAAS and the IEEE.

May created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science (SURE) program, for which he has been granted $3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF). May was also the co-creator and co-director of the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) and University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) programs, for which he has been granted over $17 million from the NSF and the Sloan Foundation to increase the number of underrepresented Ph.D. recipients from Georgia Tech. Over the duration of FACES, 433 minority students have received Ph.D. degrees in science or engineering at Georgia Tech – the most in such fields in the nation. As a result of these efforts, May received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama in 2015.

May is a member of the Board of Directors of Leidos, Inc., as well as executive vice president of the National GEM Consortium and a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Convocation Attire

Incoming students should wear orange, green, or UT Dallas spirit wear. Faculty should dress in business casual attire or formal regalia. Student leaders and staff should dress in business casual attire. Incoming students are provided a meal ticket for the welcome barbecue after the ceremony.

Post Convocation Celebration

After University Convocation, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen gather to welcome incoming students to the University community. Students should process out of the Activity Center to the center of the mall for a barbecue sponsored by Student Affairs.

University Convocation RSVP

Faculty, staff, and student leaders should notify the Office of Undergraduate Education regarding their intent to attend using the University Convocation RSVP Form.