Monday, September 16, 2019

Celebrating the 50th: Meet the first student awarded a UTSA bachelor's degree

Celebrating the 50th: Meet the first student awarded a UTSA bachelor's degree

Eugene Ripps shakes hands with President Flawn as he crosses the stage to receive his diploma.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the UTSA newsletter The Discourse in June 1976.

(July 5, 2019) -- Eugene Ripps, an accounting major from China Grove, made history May 16 as the first student awarded a bachelor’s degree from UTSA.

Ripps graduated with the class to have its first commencement ceremonies held in the university’s new Convocation Center [in 1976], where UTSA awarded 46 bachelor’s degrees and 184 master’s degrees. It was also the first ceremonies to be held at the end of a spring semester.

>> Read the rest of this story and relive other memories from UTSA’s history as we celebrate UTSA’s 50th Anniversary.


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