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Commencement Speakers

Mayor Julian Castro

2 p.m. ceremony

Julían Castro Mayor, City of San Antonio

A 38-year-old San Antonio native, Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city and is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. After serving on the San Antonio City Council from 2001 to 2005, he was elected mayor in 2009 and won re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote. He was the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012. As mayor, Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs to the city, raising educational attainment and revitalizing the city's urban core. Castro's administration created the SA2020 initiative to create a brainpower community and Café College, a one-stop center for guidance on college admissions and financial aid for San Antonio students.

Nancy R. Kudla

7 p.m. ceremony

Nancy R. Kudla President, Kudla Family Foundation

Nancy Kudla '87, UTSA Alumna of the Year 2011, has always been passionate about education. She graduated in 1980 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a member of the first class to graduate women. Kudla helped found Research Dynamics just two years after graduating from UTSA with an M.B.A. She helped chart UTSA's foray into cyber security, starting with her service on the College of Business Advisory Council and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) Council. Additionally, she has been instrumental in providing scholarships for UTSA science and engineering students.