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Commencement Speaker

Fall 2013 Commencement Speaker:
Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, President, UT Arlington


Dr. Vistasp Karbhari became president of The University of Texas at Arlington in June 2013, and in that short time, he has hit the ground running with a focused commitment to the success of UT Arlington students and the advancement of our institution to new levels of excellence. Prior to coming to UT Arlington, Dr. Karbhari was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and served as a professor at the University of California, San Diego. A prolific researcher and author, President Karbhari earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structures, both from the University of Poona in India, and earned his Ph.D. in composite materials from the University of Delaware.

Past Commencement Addresses

December 14, 2009
Dr. Larry Nelson
Assistant Professor, Pedagogy Program Director
Department of Kinesiology, College of Education and Health Professions, The University of Texas at Arlington

December 14, 2009
Dr. Mary Lynn Crow
Professor, Curriculm and Instruction
College of Education and Health Professions, The University of Texas at Arlington

August 14, 2009
Dr. Cheryl D. Cardell
Vice President, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

May 12, 2008
Jerry Lewis
Vice President for Communications, The University of Texas at Arlington

December 15, 2007
Lois Ditto

August 10, 2007
Regent Robert A. Estrada

May 14, 2007
John H. Stevens
Executive Director, Texas Business and Education Coalition

December 16, 2006
Nancy Barry
Motivational Speaker and Author

August 11, 2006
Dr. Mary E. Ridgway
Executive Director, UT Arlington Center for Community Service Learning

May 15, 2006
Dr. George C. Wright
President, Prairie View A&M University

August 12, 2005
Dr. Michael Moore
Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Political Science, The University of Texas at Arlington

May 16, 2005
George L. Mehaffy
Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

Brad Mayne
President/CEO, American Airlines Center