The university's first doctoral graduate will be among the 918 individuals eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies at The University of Texas-Pan American May 16 in the University Fieldhouse.
One of the first 13 students selected for the Ph.D. in business administration with an emphasis in international business in 1994, Cynthia Brown - now Dr. Cynthia Brown - successfully defended her doctoral dissertation April 15.
"It's quite an honor, to be the first one (doctoral student) to graduate from UT Pan American," Brown said. "I'm really pleased that the UT System put this program here. It was needed, and I'm glad to have been a part of it."
She credits Dr. Alberto Davila, her dissertation committee chair, with helping her through the strenuous process to research and write "The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Small Business Employment Formation in Mexico," her dissertation.
Brown, a Rio Grande Valley native, businesswoman and mother of three college students, has been teaching two finance classes this semester. She will participate in the 5 p.m. ceremony for graduates from the College of Business Administration and the College of Science and Engineering.
The other ceremonies will be at 2 p.m. for graduates from the College of Education and at 11 a.m. for graduates from the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Health Sciences and Human Services, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The speaker for the first two ceremonies, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., will be Martha Smiley, a regent with The University of Texas System and a Mission native. A speaker for the 5 p.m. ceremony has not yet been finalized.