ARLINGTON - UT Arlington honors the Class of 2011 with
a spectacular Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 13, featuring remarks by Grammy Award-winning
superstar John Legend.
The annual event will be held at the Levitt Pavilion in Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.
The year-end bash is open to the public. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo
and Kate Aoki, an architecture graduate student representing the Class of 2011,
also will speak.
A Texas-sized fireworks show, food and a special surprise for graduating
students are also on the menu.
are not required to attend Graduation Celebration, but reserve seating is
available for graduating students and their families at www.utagraduationtickets.com. Tickets will be available in mid-April.
emerged on the national music scene with his 2004 album Get Lifted, which sold 3 million copies and included two Top 30
hits: “Used to Love U,” and “Ordinary People,” which debuted at No. 1 on the
Ohio-native describes his style as “very soulful, rooted in gospel but with
hip-hop beats and unique, witty lyrics, more ‘major’ than ‘minor,’ more of a
feel-good, upbeat sound.”
Legend has earned nine Grammy Awards, including three this year. In 2007
he received the Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend returned in 2009 to give
the commencement speech at his alma mater. His message was “Finding Your Truth: Living a Soulful Life.”
case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to Texas Hall on
the UT Arlington campus.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
33,800 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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