College of Fine Arts to Recognize Three Outstanding Students at Commencement

Friday, December 4, 2015

During this December’s graduation ceremony, the College of Fine Arts will recognize one student from each of its three academic units who stood out among their peers. These students were chosen from among the more than 50 graduates participating in the ceremony.

Julie MauryThe Department of Theatre and Dance selected Julie Maury, a 21-year-old who was born in Toulouse, France, but raised here in Austin. She earned a B.A. in Theatre and Dance with a focus on Stage and Production Management.

How would you sum up your experience in the College of Fine Arts?

My experience in the College of Fine Arts has been incredibly eye-opening. Working with such a diverse collection of people and talents has been such an honor. Being constantly exposed to such a high quality of work is inspiring and humbling.  Even in my last semester of college, I have continued to meet new people, and discovering their work and learning their stories has been such a joy. I am very proud to be graduating from such a talent-filled program.

Do you have any special memories or moments from your time at the university you would like to share?

My fondest memory of my time at UT has been being a part of the Theatre & Dance Undergraduate Advisory Council. As a founding member of the council, being given a voice and the power to make real changes within the department for my fellow students was such a privilege and reminded me daily that my education and my experiences are all dependent on how much work I am willing to put into them. Working with other student leaders and passionate faculty was truly a gift.

Plans after graduation:

Traveling in Europe for 3 months, then pursuing a career with Cirque du Soleil, who I interned with over the summer of 2015.

Nick GalubanThe Butler School of Music chose to recognize 22-year-old Nick Galuban. A native of Ottawa, Canada, he earned his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance.

How would you sum up your experience in the College of Fine Arts?

It’s been one heck of a ride transferring here from Canada and trying to get used to a much bigger school and an extremely different culture. I’ve had a wonderful time being a student in the college, and I’ve grown as a musician, artist and person throughout my 3.5 years here.

Do you have any special memories or moments from your time at the university you would like to share?

The most rewarding experience during my time at UT was going on the 2013 World Tour with Professor Jerry Junkin and the UT Wind Ensemble for a month to Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and England.

Plans after graduation:

Work full-time as a graphic designer and communications assistant at the Butler School of Music.

Paul CantuThe Department of Art and Art History selected LaMarque-native Paul Cantu, a 22-year-old YouTube sensation graduating with a B.A. in Studio Art.  

How would you sum up your experience in the College of Fine Arts?

I came in to UT with a creative mind, and due to my great peers and A1 faculty, I have been further creatively nurtured during my time at UT.

Do you have any special memories or moments from your time at the university you would like to share?

A fond memory is when my freshman final project for sculpture received over a million views within a day on Reddit.

Plans after graduation:

To continue pushing my YouTube content, further developing my clothing brand and continuing building my online website.

The College of Fine Arts Commencement ceremony is at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the LBJ Auditorium. Katie Dawson, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, is the featured speaker.