Texas Engineering

Class of 2023!

Your years of hard work and commitment have culminated in the completion of your degree from one of the best engineering schools in the world. You are leaving the Cockrell School prepared to lead and make an impact on society.

From the Cockrell School

Congratulations to you— you are now members of the engineering profession! As engineers, you have the unique ability to create a better world for future generations. I know that each of you can and will make a positive impact. If you ever need support or advice, remember that you are now an alumnus of the Cockrell School – one of the largest, interconnected engineering communities in the world.

Hook 'em


Roger Bonnecaze
Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering

Choose Your Ceremony:


Masters / Ph.D


Schedule of Events

Undergraduate Commencement

May 5, 2023
Moody Center


Faculty Marshals
John Foster, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences
Jean Anne Incorvia, Chandra Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Welcome and Introductions

Roger T. Bonnecaze, Dean

Recognition of Outstanding Student Leader

John G. Ekerdt, Associate Dean for Research

Recognition of Distinguished Engineering Graduates

John G. Ekerdt, Associate Dean for Research

Commencement Address

Stephanie D. Wilson
M.S. Aerospace Engineering 1992
NASA Astronaut

Recognition of Undergraduate Degree Candidates*

Clint N. Dawson, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Tyrone M. Porter, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Delia J. Milliron, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
Robert B. Gilbert, P.E., Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Diana Marculescu, Chandra Family Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Donald J. Seigel, Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jon E. Olson, P.E., Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

Closing Remarks

Roger T. Bonnecaze, Dean



*Designation of degree candidates and honors for May 2023 is based on not-yet-confirmed records and is therefore subject to adjustment. Official names in program recognized as of April 20, 2023.

Commencement Speaker

Stephanie Wilson in space suit on ship

Stephanie Wilson

M.S. Aerospace Engineering 1992
NASA Astronaut and American Engineer

Stephanie Wilson has blasted off on three spaceflights in her career as a NASA astronaut, logging a total of 42 days in space during her career. 

Stephanie received her master’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Her research, sponsored by NASA’s Langley Research Center through a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship, focused on the control and modeling of large, flexible space structures, ultimately culminating in a thesis comparing structural dynamics methodologies and controller designs.

After earning her master’s Wilson went to work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she was a member of the Attitude and Articulation Control Subsystem team for the Galileo spacecraft and worked in sequence development and testing as well. In 1996, she was chosen to become a NASA astronaut.

Stephanie was part of three space missions: STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007, and STS-131 in 2010. In 2020, she was named to the Artemis Team of 18 astronauts eligible for the early moon missions. In 2021, she served as a backup to the Crew-3 ISS mission specialists and she is currently the deputy of the Assigned Crew Branch. 

Wilson received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1988. She is an associate fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served as a board member of Association of Space Explorers, The Society of Women Engineers, The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and The Harvard University Board of Overseers (2007-2013). 

Schedule of Events

Graduate Recognition Ceremony Schedule

May 4, 2023
Engineering Education and Research Center

Master's Degrees (9 AM)

Recognition of Masters Degree Candidates
Gerald E. Spietel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Doctoral Degrees (10 AM)

Recognition of Doctoral Degree Candidates*
Gerald E. Spietel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

*Department faculty in attendance to celebrate. Ph.D. candidates will be hooded.
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