(May 12, 2016) -- Dear Friends,
We’re gearing up for a big milestone. This weekend, more than 4,300 UTSA graduates will gather at the Alamodome to cross the commencement stage. They’ll earn their degrees with family members and friends cheering them on.
Commencement is one of my favorite times of year. As I sit on the stage looking out at our graduates, I see the hope in their eyes. I see their loved ones, bursting with pride, sitting in the stands. I see great opportunities ahead for our graduates. And the moment is overwhelming. It reminds me of the importance of our work.
UTSA is changing lives. We are educating tomorrow’s business and civic leaders, scientists, engineers, teachers and artists who are changing the world.
Take Charles Chikelu. This native of Nigeria moved to the U.S at age 11, learned English and sought out UTSA because it would allow him to serve his adopted country while he earned his degree. This weekend, he’ll receive his bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, then join the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Corps as a second lieutenant.
When 57 year-old Mary Ledbetter-Gallagher crosses the commencement stage, she hopes to show others that you’re never too old to attend college. She came to UTSA to become re-acquainted with American history, a passion dating back to her childhood. This weekend, two of her children and three grandchildren will be cheering from the stands.
There’s also Ricardo Rosales. He’s a first-generation student and math major. After interning at Goldman Sachs, they were so impressed by his skills that they offered him a job. He’ll start right after he crosses the commencement stage.
These are just a few examples of our top-tier graduates. There are 4,300 more, each with a unique personal story of persistence and triumph.
Commencement reminds us that when we deliver excellence to our students, we’re not only transforming their lives but the lives of their family members, their communities and the world.
Join me in congratulating the Class of 2016.
President, The University of Texas at San Antonio
This free, one-day conference for UTSA students focuses on developing leadership skills, providing an open dialogue to address tough issues that leaders face, and offering a diverse spectrum of workshops.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
The daylong event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific.
Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), 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.
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