December 19, 2013
This week, nearly 4,000 UTSA students will receive their diplomas during our fall commencement. This will be the largest December commencement in the university's history, and it is yet another milestone in our journey to Tier One status.
Commencement is one of the things I enjoy most about being a university president. During my 14 years at UTSA, I have met thousands of students and witnessed their transformation from students to leaders. Every time I see graduates receive their diplomas, I feel such immense pride knowing how much they have accomplished and how much UTSA has played a role in their success.
This year's graduates will follow in the footsteps of nearly 96,000 alumni. UTSA held its first commencement in 1974. Then-President Peter T. Flawn awarded degrees to 82 graduates. The university did not have the facilities on campus to hold the ceremony; it took place at the UT Health Science Center.
Today, commencement is held at one of San Antonio's largest venues, the Alamodome, to accommodate all the students, family and friends who want to be a part of this very special moment. In fact, it takes three ceremonies and the dedication of hundreds of faculty, staff and volunteers to recognize all of our graduates. I am so appreciative of all they do to make these such memorable events. UTSA commencement has truly become a community celebration.
A degree from UTSA represents the exceptional opportunities and experiences students have here. Our graduates are prepared to be tomorrow's leaders in business, science, the arts, education and public service. As a UTSA supporter, you have made these transformational experiences possible. You have made UTSA a university of first choice. For that, I am extremely grateful.
To our newest alumni, congratulations! I am so proud of you, and I am eager to see the many ways you will enrich society in the years to come. Stay in touch and let us know from time to time how you are doing. Remember, you will always be part of the UTSA family.
From our Roadrunner family to yours, Harriett and I wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season and all the best in the New Year.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.