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Persistence to be celebrated at UTSA commencement ceremonies

Persistence to be celebrated at UTSA commencement ceremonies

Three commencement ceremonies will take place May 14 & 15

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(May 10, 2016) -- Thousands of Roadrunners will celebrate the milestone of graduation at UTSA’s spring commencement ceremonies this weekend. In the three ceremonies, scheduled to take place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at the Alamodome, 4,300 students are expected to receive their diplomas in a stadium packed with their friends and family.

More than 3,400 undergraduate students, more than 800 master’s students and 75 doctoral students are expected to attend the ceremonies – each with their own story of personal triumph.

One of those Roadrunners, UTSA mathematics major Ricardo Rosales, is taking his top-tier knowledge to Wall Street. Rosales spent his time at UTSA deeply involved with the UTSA Investment Society, even serving as its president. 

Thanks to the experiences and the guidance he received from his professors at UTSA, the Honors College student landed a job at prestigious banking firm Goldman Sachs.

“[At UTSA], we have incredible professors who are willing to take on a student and just help them, guide them, give them resources to make them better,” Rosales said.

Their experiences at UTSA stay with students for a lifetime.

Take, for example, the story of UTSA cultural, literacy and language doctoral student Syahir Idris. 

Idris was an international student from Bima, Indonesia, and a former Fulbright Scholar, who, after earning a master’s degree from UTSA in 2002, returned nine years later to pursue his doctorate. The education and opportunities that UTSA provided him have made him a lifelong Roadrunner. He even plans to build a legacy by encouraging his three children to attend the university.

“I would like one day for my kids to come back here to San Antonio and go to UTSA, even if I go back to Indonesia,” Idris said. “I will come back and visit my alma mater. I’m proud to be a member of this institution."

The stories of UTSA students are many, varied and unique. To learn more about Rosales, Idris and other UTSA grads, visit the UTSA commencement website

UTSA graduates, friends and family members are also encouraged to share their stories on social media using #UTSA and #UTSAgrad16.

Commencement Ceremony Information

UTSA’s first commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., May 14, for graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences. 

The second commencement ceremony will follow at 4 p.m. for graduates from the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.

The final commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., May 15, for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Engineering.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo will deliver the keynote address for each ceremony.

Graduates are advised to arrive two hours prior to their ceremony for check-in, located on the ground level of the Alamodome.

-- Jesus Chavez, Public Affairs Specialist


For detailed information, visit the UTSA Commencement website.

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