This academic year, we have much to celebrate, but what I’m proudest of is our graduates. After spring commencement ceremonies, UTSA will have more than 90,000 alumni who are out in the world making a difference.
Honors College student Jessica Jimenez will earn a bachelor’s in civil engineering this month. Jessica came to UTSA from the Rio Grande Valley with an associate degree she earned in her last year of high school. She knew she was on a different path than many of her high school classmates.
While at UTSA, Jessica studied abroad twice in China and served two internships with ExxonMobil, studying oil and gas extraction and working alongside students from M.I.T., Berkeley and Harvard. She will begin work this fall on a master’s at Stanford with a UTSA bachelor’s degree that was funded by Dell and Gates Millennium scholarships. Jessica says her UTSA experience has made her more than able to hold her own with students from other high-caliber universities across the nation.
Another amazing student is John Lira, a former Marine who completed two tours in Iraq before attending college. John says he excelled beyond his expectations with the help of the Great Conversation! Scholarship Fund offered by the Honors College. He is looking forward to a career in public service, thanks to his UTSA degree in political science and global analysis.
As he pursued his UTSA degree, John participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship program at Princeton and the Archer Fellowship program in Washington, and completed an internship at the National Defense University. John says he couldn’t have graduated without his scholarship support and the help of faculty, staff and advisers who shared his devotion.
Accomplishments like these demonstrate our progress toward Tier One status and how we are building strong futures for our students and the community. I am grateful to our faculty, staff and supporters for believing in the university and working for its continuing success.
No other university in our region educates, influences and impacts more people than UTSA. Join me in celebrating the achievements of our graduates.
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