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Energetic Crowd Watches nearly 400 Graduate at Commencement

Monday, May 13, 2013

College of Engineering gonfalon

Nearly 400 College of Engineering graduates filed across the stage at the College Park Center May 12, receiving their diplomas in the spring 2013 Commencement ceremony.

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Dean J.P. Bardet played on the emotions of the energetic crowd, eliciting several cheers from family, friends and graduates. In his remarks, he paid tribute to mothers in a nod to the fact that the ceremony fell on Mother’s Day, then congratulated the students on choosing a profession in which they can have a very real effect on the world. He also asked them to stay active with the College and keep in touch as alumni.

Guest speaker Dr. Al DiStefano, a member of the College’s Board of Advisors and a physician and founder of the Arlington Cancer Center, passed along wisdom he learned over years of a successful career. He urged graduates to remember five things as they go out into the world: Prioritize and think; finances; integrity; contribution to community; and legacy. 

President James Spaniolo, participating in his final Commencement before retiring at the end of May, conferred the degrees. Prior to Commencement, he had set a goal of shaking every graduate’s hand, and by doing so at the College of Engineering’s ceremony he successfully completed that goal. 

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.

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