(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
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, 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.