(Dec. 4, 2018) – When more than 4,200 eligible UTSA graduates celebrate their academic achievements this month at UTSA Fall Commencement, they will hear a special message to encourage and inspire them as they take their next steps in the workforce or academia. Ms. Arcilia Acosta, an entrepreneur and a nationally recognized speaker and philanthropist, will deliver the keynote addresses at two ceremonies at the Alamodome on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Acosta is the President and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction, a full-service construction firm based in Dallas with offices throughout Texas. She is also the founder and CEO of Southwestern Testing Laboratories (STL Engineers), a geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing firm and her oil and gas division is based in Midland. She and her companies have received numerous national awards for construction and for her civic leadership. She is an inductee to the National Women’s Business Hall of Fame. In 2016, Acosta was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Greg Abbott.
Acosta has previously served as Commencement speaker at Texas Tech University, Mountain View College, Texas Woman's University and Sam Houston State University.
UTSA’s first Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. to honor graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and College of Public Policy.
At 4 p.m., the second ceremony will be held to honor graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and the University College.
Fall 2018 graduates are encouraged to arrive two hours prior to their ceremony for check-in, located on the ground level of the Alamodome. Family and friends are also welcome. All Roadrunners and their families and friends are encouraged to share their Commencement experience on social media using #UTSA and #UTSAGrad18.
This fall’s graduating class will bring UTSA’s alumni network to 126,000 Roadrunners strong.
Celebrate UTSA Commencement.
Jenny Hsieh, professor and Semmes Foundation Chair in Cell Biology and director, UTSA Brain Health Consortium provides an engaging look into the world of gene editing.South Texas Research Facility, 8403 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio
UTSA will offer science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing and language and culture camps for kids, teens and adults. Register now.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Future Roadrunners and families prepare for everything they need to know before the fall semester.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Join us for cupcakes and lots of Roadrunner spirit as we celebrate the day UTSA was created by the Texas Legislature.Sombrilla, Main Campus and Frio Street Commons, Downtown Campus
Join us as we celebrate this momentoud day in UTSA history by paying homage to the moment Governor Preston Smith signed the legislation creating UTSA exactly 50 years ago on June 5, 1969.The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
The State of Hand Stitch is a survey of eleven women artists in Texas working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery is increasingly recognized as a medium of choice by serious artists. Opening reception is June 5 at 5pm. Exhibit continues through Aug. 9.Arts Building, Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
For the 48th year, the ITC brings culture to life with music, dance, artisanship, food and hands-on experiences that connect Texans to their roots.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
The fifth annual SAMHS and Universities Research Forum (SURF) is a regional event that highlights the latest research and discoveries of trainees, faculty, staff and students working to improve health outcomes.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106),Main Campus
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