(May 10, 2018) -- Years of lectures, lab sessions, research papers and studying are complete. This weekend, more than 4,600 UTSA graduates will celebrate their accomplishments at UTSA’s Spring Commencement, bringing UTSA’s alumni network to 123,000 Roadrunners.
Three ceremonies will be held at the Alamodome on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. The first ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and honors graduates from the College of Education and Human Development, College of Sciences and University College. Carmen Varela is one of them.
Varela was a UTSA psychology major who struggled and graduated as a single mother. Once life stabilized, she came back to UTSA again to earn a biology degree and build the foundations she needed to pursue a Ph.D. While at UTSA, she’s worked in several research laboratories and has won multiple awards for her work.
Saturday at 4 p.m., students earning a degree from the College of Engineering and College of Liberal and Fine Arts will walk the stage. Among them is a young lady with a remarkable story.
Rose Kelly dropped out of school at 15 and, for the next several years, lived as a virtual prisoner of her abusive father. Following his arrest on a narcotics charge when she was 21, Kelly earned her GED and entered a workforce program. Her experiences with abuse sparked an interest in becoming a police officer so the counselor advised her to join the military police force.
After four years of service, Kelly had to accept a medical discharge when she was diagnosed with lupus. But Kelly rose from the ashes once again, enrolling at UTSA as a communications major. While at UTSA, the scholar student has conducted research on the effects of childhood trauma on conflict management styles in adulthood. This fall, the first-generation student will take her knowledge she attained at UTSA to the Ph.D. program in communications at Arizona State University.
Families with students in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business and College of Public Policy will celebrate Mother’s Day at the third Commencement ceremony on Sunday at 2 p.m., including Marcos Mendoza.
Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, Mendoza had already earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from UTSA. Now this veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom will cross the stage to accept his master’s of criminal justice and criminology.
“My experience at UTSA has been nothing short of exceptional. I have accomplished many goals, created opportunities and set a path for others to follow,” said Mendoza.
Next, Mendoza has his sights set on Italy, where he will represent UTSA at this year’s European Innovation Academy, an academy recognized as a leader in technology entrepreneurship education.
Spring 2018 graduates are advised to arrive two hours prior to their ceremony for check-in, located on the ground level of the Alamodome. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Graduates must leave purses and bags with family.
All Roadrunners and their families and friends can share their Commencement experience on social media using #UTSA and #UTSAGrad18.
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In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos EcheverriaMain Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.Radius Center, 411 E. Martin, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual 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. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Bryan Gervais, UTSA assistant professor in the Dept. of Political Science & Geography, for his presentation "Political Incivility in the Digital Age." Pizza will be provided to UTSA students while supplies last.John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)
Level up your career with a graduate business degree from the UTSA College of Business. Join us for this Open House to learn which of our 13 degree programs is right for you.Business Building (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
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