A message from the president, May 2017
(May 10, 2017) -- Dear Friends,
During my 30-plus years in higher education, I've witnessed many milestones. I've celebrated the academic and research successes of my students and peers, and I've celebrated the success of collaborative initiatives to make education more affordable and accessible for Texans.
I must confess, though, that nothing compares to the excitement I'm feeling as I get ready for UTSA Commencement this weekend. Our students have accomplished so much and I am so proud of them. You should be, too.
One of those students is Freddie Cuellar. When this Hondo, Texas native receives his bachelor's degree on Saturday, he will become the first person in his family to graduate from college. Growing up, Cuellar developed a strong work ethic while watching his father, a self-made entrepreneur, persist to get his businesses financed. After Commencement, Freddie will begin a career with a statewide banking firm, tapping that same business acumen to help small and medium-sized businesses.
Honors student Jasmine King likewise found her path at UTSA. Originally set on a career in medicine, she transferred to UTSA and began conducting research on bone scaffolds beside some of our world-class faculty. Now she's eager to pursue a research career and has already secured a fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
More than 4,400 amazing students just like Freddie and Jasmine will cross the Commencement stage on Saturday and Sunday. They are our newest business and civic leaders, scientists, engineers, teachers and artists who are prepared to change the world. Nearly 45 percent of them will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.
Like them, I was a first-generation college student. I remember the sense of accomplishment I felt when I earned my bachelor's degree, and later my doctoral degree. I was so proud to achieve what others said was impossible. Make no mistake -- it was tough and I had to work hard, but I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.
Over the course of my career, I've met so many people. They inevitably ask me why I chose a career in higher education. I tell them it's simple. Higher education has the ability to change lives. What better pursuit is there than to help students learn, grow and improve their lives and the lives of those around them?
Commencement gives all of us an opportunity to pause and think about how important student success is to our community, to our state and to our nation.
It is also a time to celebrate, and I can't wait to congratulate the Class of 2017!
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D.
President Ad Interim, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
This event guides seniors and graduate students on the last phase of their college career and prepares recent alumni within one year of graduation for the world of work. Workshops and sessions will provide information on interview skills, job search strategies and networking.Student Union, University Career Center, 2nd floor, Main Campus
The gala brings together UTSA alumni, friends and guests to celebrate the association's 41 years of scholarships, services, programs and the 2018 Alumni Award recipients.Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio
As part of the citywide Kidcation and the ITC's free second Sunday, kids and families will have an opportunity to interact with cowboy docents, practice their skills at roping, learn about life on the cattle drives, make their own spurs, grab a seat for cowboy story time and work on cowboy-themed hands-on crafts.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Dozens of fun and free events to welcome new and returning Roadrunners.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
After a full day of moving, UTSA students and their families are invited to the party featuring food, swag, dancing and a special performance from the Spirit of San Antonio marching band.Student Union Paseo, Main Campus