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2,600+ to walk stage at UTSA commencement

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 5, 2006)--More than 2,600 graduation candidates will walk the stage as UTSA celebrates three days of commencement ceremonies May 11-13 in the Convocation Center.

A total of 2,047 undergraduate students will participate in the six ceremonies at the 1604 Campus with 540 graduate students and 22 doctoral students joining the procession.

The ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., Thursday with the first ceremony for College of Business graduation candidates. Rosalie Ambrosino, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs, will address 317 students as the evening's keynote speaker.

At 3 p.m., Friday, the Honors College ceremony will be in the Arts Building Recital Hall. At 7 p.m., Friday, the second section of College of Business graduation candidates will walk the stage. Keynote speaker James S. Kahan, AT&T senior executive vice president for corporate development, will address 371 degree candidates.

Ceremonies continue Saturday with three commencement exercises.

At 9 a.m., Saturday, 647 candidates from the College of Architecture and the College of Education and Human Development will participate in the ceremony. The featured speaker will be Juan C. Gonzalez, UT Austin vice president for student affairs.

At the 1 p.m. ceremony, keynote speaker Anthony Infante, president of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, will address 620 candidates from the College of Sciences and a second section from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

In the final exercise of the day at 5 p.m., UTSA Provost Rosalie Ambrosino will address 654 candidates from the College of Engineering, the College of Public Policy and a second section from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

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Spring 2006 commencement statistics

College of Business -- 688 degree candidates
College of Liberal and Fine Arts -- 645 degree candidates

College of Education and Human Development -- 536 degree candidates
College of Sciences -- 348 degree candidates
College of Engineering -- 148 degree candidates
College of Public Policy -- 133 degree candidates
College of Architecture -- 111 degree candidates

Bachelor's degrees -- 2,047
Master's degrees -- 540
Doctoral degrees -- 22

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