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Thousands Attend Spring 2013 Commencement, Celebrating Hundreds of Business Graduates

Dean Croson, Associate Dean Gray, Assistant Dean Mack and Guest Speaker Robert Earley with graduating scholars of the Goolsby Leadership Academy
Dean Croson (in crimson robe), with Associate Dean Gray,
Assistant Dean Mack and Guest Speaker Robert Earley ('09),
pictured with graduating scholars of the
Goolsby Leadership Academy.

May 13, 2013—Spring 2013 Commencement celebrated about 500 graduates from the College of Business, including one of the largest groups of graduating students from the college’s EMBA program in China. The May 12 ceremony was the first to be presided by Dean Rachel Croson, who joined UT Arlington in January 2013. Conversely, the Spring 2013 Commencement ceremonies will be the last for James Spaniolo as President. To commemorate, he attended all seven ceremonies and shook the hand of every graduate who walked across the stage.

Guest speaker Robert Earley, CEO of JPS Health Network and a College of Business alumnus, imparted three recommendations to the graduates as they move forward in their professional careers: 1. Find a way to smile everyday; 2. Fall in love; and 3. Be humble (or, in his words, ”don’t be a jerk”). Watch Mr. Earley’s Commencement address.

The ceremony included several touching moments but none more so than the awarding of a degree posthumously to Michael D. Bushnell, Jr., who completed all aspects of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics, but, sadly, passed away earlier this year. Michael’s family was presented with his diploma in recognition of his academic accomplishments.

See the ceremony video and photos.

This spring at UT Arlington, 3,310 spring undergraduate candidates—which is a new record by itself—along with 1,143 master's and 55 doctoral candidates made the Class of 2013 the largest in University history.