Severe weather forces UT to postpone commencement


Fireworks will be shot off Sunday night at 10 pm (barring high winds). Carillon will play Eyes of Texas after the show. Tower orange with '15.

This is an update to a story we reported earlier. The original text is as follows:

The four-years of hard work for many UT students led to this campus-wide graduation day, but it will not happen.

The earlier lightning hindered commencement production staff from completing their necessary preparations. In addition, storms and lightning were expected for the hours leading up to and during the ceremony. Graduation ceremonies at individual colleges continued as planned. Officials say they made every effort to let the 8:00 p.m. show go on.

"We share in the deep disappointment that cancellation will cause our graduates and their families," said President Bill Powers. "We made every effort to stage the 2015 commencement as planned. We are very disappointed that we cannot proceed under this evening's severe weather conditions. I want to personally convey my congratulations to all of this year's graduates, and my thanks to our commencement speaker, Darren Walker," said Bill Powers, UT President.

Lightning was the major force in this situation and the school says safety was their number one priority for the graduates and their families.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent


FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):

Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories