Instead, UT will hold the ceremony for graduating seniors virtually and will postpone the in-person commencement ceremony to sometime later this year.
Brown, a UT alumna, bestselling author and research professor at the University of Houston, said in the video call that accepting and confronting emotions in this time can help students cope with a difficult situation.
"It's important to give ourselves permission to say this is hard," she said.
On March 17, UT announced it would be holding all courses online for the rest of the semester and asked students not to return to campus.
As of 7 p.m. on March 24, there have been 98 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus in Travis County.