Swearing-in Ceremony Information – March 24, 2011
Invitations will be sent to eligible licensees by April 1. Licensees must RSVP by May 27 to receive their certificate at the ceremony
* Those who have a parent who is also a CPA may arrange to have that person present the certificate by contacting Jean Keith, director of licensing, at 512-305-7827 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Swearing-in ceremonies are staged twice a year by the Board to honor newly licensed CPAs and formally welcome them to the profession. It is both a fun and solemn occasion that recognizes the years of work that new licensees have invested in achieving their goal while providing the opportunity to share this accomplishment with family and friends.
Candidates Completing the Oath of Office
During the ceremony, which lasts about an hour, licensees and their guests are welcomed and thanked for their participation. Board members from across the state take part in the event, as do members of the Texas Society of CPAs and educators from various colleges and universities statewide.
The program recognizes the Top Ten candidates − those who have posted the ten highest cumulative scores on the Uniform CPA Exam at the initial sitting − and one from that group speaks briefly on behalf of all the candidates.
The Board also takes this opportunity to recognize a special group of CPAs − those who have maintained their licenses for 50 years! They are seated on the stage along with the Top Ten and other dignitaries and are introduced to the audience, with a bit of biographical information provided for each.
Before the oath of office is administered, the presiding officer of the Board offers a keynote address that praises and challenges the candidates. Then comes the part that everyone has been waiting for: The candidates file across the stage to receive their certificates individually as they shake the hands of Board members and Society officials offering their heartiest congratulations.
A reception afterward offers the opportunity for new licensees and their families to mingle and talk informally with Board members, 50-year members, and other newly licensed CPAs, some of whom they might have known from college. It's a grand opportunity to bask in your achievement and kick off a career for which you have worked long and hard.