Over 300 Engineering Students Graduate
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Amid pageantry and cheers, more than 300 engineering students crossed the stage at the College Park Center on December 16 to collect their diplomas.
Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet told the graduates that they will be the ones to innovate and build the future, and that their job prospects are bright, for two reasons: 1) They are well-prepared by a College that is accredited, whose students earn major distinctions, and whose faculty and staff are excellent; and 2) They have more opportunities than those students in non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors (17 percent growth in STEM jobs from 2008-2018, compared to 9 percent in non-STEM professions). He also stressed that UTA is a University of opportunities, where students with socio-economic disadvantages, or those who have taken a non-traditional path to the University can succeed.
Guest speaker Fred Buckingham, CEO of Alternative Petroleum Technologies, told the assembled graduates to "feel the pride and sense of accomplishment that fills the air right now. It's positively electric. I want you to savor this moment, burn it in your brains, and remember how you feel right now for the rest of your lives." He went on to tell the graduates three things that he has learned as an adult that have been valuable in his life and career. They are: 1) Embrace your mistakes; 2) Learn how to walk and chew gum at the same time; and 3) You can be somebody or you can do something.