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UTSA Convocation Center commencement ceremony

UTSA expands commencement to three days, six ceremonies

By Leigh Anne Gullett
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 15, 2005)--For the first time, The University of Texas at San Antonio will celebrate three days of commencement ceremonies as 2,811 degree candidates walk the stage in five ceremonies at the Convocation Center and a sixth ceremony at the Recital Hall, all on the 1604 Campus.

In the past, UTSA spread four ceremonies, plus an Honors College celebration, over two days.

Time Warner Cable educational channel 19 and UTSA television monitors around the campuses will broadcast the five main ceremonies live.

The highest profile weekend ceremony is the 7 p.m. College of Liberal and Fine Arts commencement Friday, Dec. 16, as Ambassador Tony Garza, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, addresses the college's 649 degree candidates.

The College of Engineering and College of Sciences are first on the commencement schedule with a 7 p.m. ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 15. Outgoing UTSA Provost and Executive Vice President Guy Bailey will address the 487 graduates.

Friday features an Honors College ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Arts Building Recital Hall. The College of Liberal and Fine Arts ceremony with Garza is the other Friday commencement.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, there are three ceremonies, beginning with a 9 a.m. College of Education and Human Development commencement. Raymund Paredes, commissioner of the Higher Education Coordinating Board speaks to the college's 601 degree candidates.

The second ceremony on Saturday features Bailey in a return appearance as he addresses the College of Architecture as well as the management and marketing departments of the College of Business at 1 p.m. There are 886 total degree candidates in the College of Business, which is split between the two ceremonies at 1 and 5 p.m.

The 5 p.m. College of Business commencement also recognizes 140 College of Public Policy degree candidates, capping the weekend festivities with a keynote from Elizabeth Ames Jones, chairperson of the Texas Railroad Commission.

A total of 2,184 undergraduate students will participate in the six ceremonies, which recognize both summer and fall graduation candidates with 613 graduate students and 14 doctoral students joining the procession.

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Fall 2005 Commencement statistics

College of Engineering -- 142 degree candidates
College of Sciences -- 345 degree candidates
College of Liberal and Fine Arts -- 649 degree candidates
College of Education and Human Development -- 601 degree candidates
College of Architecture -- 47 degree candidates
College of Business -- 886 degree candidates
College of Public Policy -- 140 degree candidates
Applied Arts and Sciences, Vice Provost - Downtown Campus -- 1 degree candidate

Bachelor's degrees -- 2,184
Master's degrees -- 613
Doctoral degrees -- 14

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