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.
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The Office of International Programs will host a Study Abroad Fair for students interested in taking their academics abroad.
University Center main corridor, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives and the Texas Mentoring Partnership hosts the 5th Annual Texas Mentoring Summit. The theme Mentoring: A Pathway To and Through College & Career will focus on the positive impact mentoring can have on student success from k-12 through college and beyond.
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, Downtown San Antonio
The UTSA Political Science and Geography Department hosts a panel discussion called "Forecasting the Trump Presidency" on the eve of Inauguration Day.
H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Music Department presents Miller-Porfiris Duo (violin/viola) in a performance of period appropriate music as accompaniment to the silent films, "The Great Train Robbery," "The Violinmaker of Cremona," and "Ballet Mecanique."
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The CACP 2016-2017 Speaker Series continues with architect and writer Jason Griffiths of the University of Arizona and Jason Griffiths Architecture. His practice is based on a multidisciplinary approach.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA community is encouraged to donate blood and save a life. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt.
H-E-B University Center parking lot, Main Campus
Dr. Stephanie Westney (violin) presents a concert of Mozart compositions as performed by herself and other talented musicians from the university and surrounding area. This concert is free and open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion annually hosts a Volunteer Opportunities Fair to allow students, faculty and staff to learn about volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the San Antonio area.
University Center, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
Join the conversation about the experiences of military-connected families in transition. Free parking in the Cattleman Square (along Buena Vista Street). The event is free and open to the public.
Frio Street Building, Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406), Downtown Campus
School district superintendents and other district leaders responsible for bilingual and ESL programs' administration and accountability learn about cultural literacy, language, and diversity in the community.
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