UTPA spring commencement set for May 16-17
Posted: 05/02/2003
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More than 1,300 prospective graduates are expected to walk in the final commencement ceremonies of the 75th Anniversary year at The University of Texas-Pan American, May 16-17 at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

The graduation ceremonies will feature one commencement Friday, May 16 at 6 p.m. and four Saturday, May 17.

Dr. Jerwen Jou, professor, Department of Psychology and Anthropology
Friday's ceremony is for doctoral and master's candidates only. Saturday's opening commencement is at 9 a.m. for the College of Business Administration and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, while graduates from the College of Education will march at noon. Graduates from the College of Arts and Humanities and College of Health Sciences and Human Services will have their commencement at 3 p.m., and students in the College of Science and Engineering will walk at 6 p.m.
John Stevens, executive director, Texas Business and Education Coalition
Graduates will receive 12 tickets for family and friends to attend. Dela Howlett, assistant registrar for graduation, said tickets were issued to comply with the fire marshal's code for maximum capacity in the Fieldhouse.

"The administration decided to go with tickets for the College of Education (noon), and the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and Health Sciences and Human Services (3 p.m.), because of the large number of prospective graduates for each ceremony," Howlett said. "The large number of prospective graduates means an even larger number of family and guests that will be attending the ceremonies."

Rose Guerra Reyna, judge, 206th District Court - Hidalgo County
The 1,315 prospective candidates for degrees include 1,054 for bachelor's degrees, 259 candidates for master's degrees and two for doctoral degrees.

The largest ceremonies will be the College of Education with more than 290 graduates, while the ceremony for the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and Health Sciences and Human Services is expecting 300 graduates.

Executive Director for the Texas Business and Education Coalition John Stevens will speak at the 9 a.m. and noon ceremonies, while Rose Guerra Reyna, Hidalgo County Judge for the 206th District Court, will speak at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dr. Jerwen Jou, professor in the Department of Psychology and Anthropology, will speak at the Friday ceremony.

Graduates are asked to arrive one hour before their commencement begins. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 956/381-2201 or 381-2206.

Individuals with disabilities needing assistance or reasonable accommodations in order to attend this event must contact the office by May 5.

Individuals with hearing impairments may contact the office by calling V/TDD 381-2215.