UTPA to celebrate awarding of 50,000th undergraduate degree
By Melissa C. Rodriguez, Public Affairs Representative
Posted: 07/31/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American will celebrate the awarding of its 50,000th undergraduate degree during the 2009 summer commencement ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 22 at the McAllen Convention Center.

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In addition to the undergraduate degrees, UTPA has conferred more than 2,600 associate, 10,600 master’s and 100 doctoral degrees, bringing the total number to more than 63,000.

“We are proud to announce that The University of Texas-Pan American will be awarding its 50,000th undergraduate degree during our August commencement ceremonies. It’s important to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of UTPA because it is a measure of the many lives that have been impacted by this institution,” UTPA Interim President Dr. Charles A. Sorber said.

A Web site has been created for alumni to share success stories and experiences about their time at the University. To submit your comments, visit

“We are excited and looking forward to hearing from our alumni who have established careers in many locations around the world. UTPA has produced many highly qualified doctors, lawyers, educators, engineers, business owners, journalists and many other successful professionals. We encourage you to let us know how UTPA has impacted your life and your career. We also would like you to share your most memorable experiences while attending UTPA,” said Debby Grant, director of Alumni Relations.

As part of the celebration, one alumnus who shares a success story on the Web site will be randomly selected weekly to receive a UTPA memento.

Two ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. featuring 584 candidates for bachelor’s degrees, and 164 candidates for master’s degrees, and seven candidates for doctoral degrees.

The number of prospective graduates for the six UTPA colleges includes: College of Education, 116; College of Arts and Humanities, 206; College of Business Administration, 156; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 131; College of Health Sciences and Human Services, 43; and College of Science and Engineering, 103.

Serving as commencement speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony will be Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja, professor and chair of the Department of History at Texas State University, who will address candidates for the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Education, and College of Health Sciences and Human Services. Richard Cortez, mayor of the city of McAllen and 1970 bachelor’s in business administration graduate of UTPA, will address prospective graduates of the College of Business Administration, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 12:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the two commencement ceremonies, a live webcast will be available at latest version of Adobe Flash Player must be installed on your computer prior to the event.

For further commencement information, visit