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UTSA Spring 2010 Commencement speakers: Roberto J. Rodriguez (left) and Patrick Corvington

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(April 30, 2010)--An estimated 2,851 graduation candidates will walk the stage as The University of Texas at San Antonio celebrates six commencement ceremonies May 6-8 in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus.

Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C., will open the UTSA Spring 2010 Commencement as keynote speaker for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6. Corvington is a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit sector leadership and volunteerism.

An Honors College special ceremony will be at 2 p.m., Friday, May 7.

Roberto J. Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama for education policy, will keynote the College of Education and Human Development ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 7. Rodriguez was chief education counsel to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo will deliver the three Saturday, May 8 keynotes. At 9 a.m., College of Business degree candidates will cross the stage. At 1 p.m., College of Engineering and College of Sciences graduation candidates will walk the platform. In the final exercise at 4:30 p.m., graduation candidates from the College of Architecture and the College of Public Policy will cross the stage.

At 8 p.m., Saturday, May 8, the 15th annual "La Despedida" (The Farewell) will be at the UTSA Downtown Campus Buena Vista Theater (1.326). The optional bicultural-bilingual graduation ceremony features mariachi music and an indigenous blessing. Graduation candidates who registered to participate can take the opportunity to extend personal thanks to family, friends and mentors who supported their pursuit of a college degree.

Ceremonies in the Convocation Center will air live on Time Warner Cable channel 98, Grande Communications channel 21 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. Commencement exercises also will air on UTSA monitors and be streamed live on the UTSA Distance Learning and Academic Technology website. (For ceremony viewing, download free Real Player.)

Television viewing of the ceremonies also will be available for the Thursday and Friday ceremonies in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) and for the Saturday ceremonies in the University Center Harris Room (2.212) on the Main Campus.

Read more at the UTSA Commencement website.


Spring 2010 UTSA Commencement degree candidates

College of Liberal and Fine Arts -- 995
College of Education and Human Development -- 620
College of Business -- 867
College of Engineering -- 180
College of Sciences -- 418
College of Architecture -- 147
College of Public Policy -- 235

Bachelor's degrees -- 2,851
Master's degrees -- 580
Doctoral degrees - 31


About Patrick Corvington

Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is an expert on nonprofit sector leadership and volunteerism. He was a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation guiding grantees on leadership development, next-generation leadership and capacity building.

He conducted policy research in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center at The Urban Institute and worked to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations abroad. He began as a case manager for migrant workers and later was a patient advocate in a community-based HIV/AIDS clinic.

Of Haitian descent, Corvington immigrated to the United States as a teenager and became an American citizen in 1993. He earned a B.A. in sociology from University of Maryland, College Park and an M.A. in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

About Roberto J. Rodriguez

Roberto J. Rodriguez is special assistant to the president for education policy and a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council. He served as chief education counsel to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Rodriguez began his tenure on Capitol Hill working for the Senate HELP Committee in development of the No Child Left Behind Act. He has worked on various reauthorizations of federal legislation including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Head Start, childcare, higher education and the America COMPETES Act. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., he is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



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