Bachelor Party

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

Bachelor Party

A business major becomes the first student to get an undergrad degree from UTSA

[ This article was originally published in the UTSA newsletter The Discourse in June 1976 ]

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.