A record 4,561 students are planning to collect their degrees this spring at The University of Texas at Arlington. More than 3,400 of that preliminary figure will earn their undergraduate degrees. More than 1,000 will earn their master’s degrees. And about 120 students plan to take home their doctorate degrees.
Fred Perpall, chief executive officer and managing director of The Beck Group, headlines an impressive list of speakers at this year’s commencement ceremonies. Perpall, who holds UT Arlington bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, will speak to the School of Architecture and College of Science at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at College Park Center, 600 S. Center St.
UT Arlington graduates at 2013 commencement.
The 39-year-old Perpall was named to the top spot at
The Beck Group, a worldwide full-service builder, last year. The Beck Group
offers architectural, construction, real estate, sustainable design, financial
and technology services.
full schedule of Commencement Week activities is available online at www.uta.edu/commencement/. Commencement ceremonies will be held
May 9 to 11 at College Park Center.
Other speakers include:
School of Urban and Public Affairs and School of
Social Work - Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Council member.
College of Business - John C. Terrell, UT Arlington
alumnus, Southlake mayor and vice president of commercial development at DFW
College of Engineering - Krish Prabhu, president of
AT&T Labs and chief technology officer at AT&T.
College of Education & Health Professions - Mark
David Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer of Civitas Learning.
College of Liberal Arts - Gerry Mecca, an alumnus
and vice president/chief information officer of Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of
College of Nursing - Lori Donovan, a UT Arlington alumna, chief nursing
officer at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Among the compelling student stories from this
spring’s graduating class:
- Elin Andersson – Andersson, a double major in political
science and French, spent the summer of 2013 volunteering for a
non-governmental organization called Campagne des Hommes in Togo, working with
children with special needs. She intends to work for a non-governmental
organization or development agency to improve human rights, particularly in the
developing world. A native of Sweden, Andersson came to UT Arlington on a track
and field/cross country scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in development
studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in
- Paige Tooley – Tooley will graduate from the College
of Business with a management degree. She has been an academic tutor since she
was 14 and began taking dual-credit classes at 15. Through the Birdville
schools, she currently tutors 28 students but has a client list of about 40
students. Not surprisingly, Tooley plans to open her own tutoring business upon
Arlington graduates – 22
math and science majors will be the first graduates from UT Arlington’s UTeach
program, which offers math and science
majors the opportunity to discover a passion for teaching while earning
scholarship money. The program was started in 2010 as part of a national push
to produce more math and science teachers trained in their field. It is a
collaboration between the College of Education and Health Professions and the
College of Science. “Most students who become teachers stay within 50 miles of
where they went to school, so we’re going to be putting a lot of science and
math teachers into the Metroplex, and they’re going to have such an amazing and
positive impact on kids,” said Ramon Lopez, physics professor and co-director
of UTeach Arlington.
representatives may call the UT Arlington Media Relations Office at
817-272-2761 to arrange interviews with 2014 graduates.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and
the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The
Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh
fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News &
World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate
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