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ARLINGTON - Graduation Celebration highlights The University of Texas at Arlington
commencement season on Friday, May 13, with speakers, music, fireworks and food
at Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The free community event begins at 8
p.m. at the amphitheater, 100 W. Abram St., at the southwest corner of Abram
and Center streets.
John Legend, Grammy Award winning singer and musician, is the keynote speaker. UT
Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, and Kate Aoki, who will earn her master
of art in architecture this month, also are scheduled to give remarks.
Commencement ceremonies for UT Arlington’s
academic schools and colleges will be held May 12-15 at Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. The academic
ceremonies include some very visual traditions.
- The College of Nursing
will hold two pinning ceremonies on Thursday, May 12, at the Bluebonnet
Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Nursing graduates choose a friend, family
member, significant other or nursing mentor to pin them with the UT
Arlington nursing emblem. The ceremony for the bachelor of science in
nursing (BSN) graduates is at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony for RN to BSN
graduates is at 2 p.m.
- Military science
graduates become U.S. Army officers during their commissioning ceremony
scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. After
graduation, they will enter The Basic Officer Leadership Course at
installations across the country.
- The College of
Engineering's procession of graduates starts at Nedderman
Hall, 416 S. Yates St., and ends
at Texas Hall. The ceremonial parade starts 10 minutes before the two
commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
In what is expected to
be the largest class ever, more than 3,700 students are set to earn degrees
from UT Arlington this May. That sum includes 2,600 undergraduates, 1,059
master’s candidates and 74 doctoral scholars. Among them:
- Kate Aoki, this year's Graduation Celebration student
speaker, plans to use her master’s degree in architecture to follow in her
family’s footsteps. She comes from a long line of Japanese artists. Her
great-grandfather was a silk-stitch artist, her father is a set designer
and painter, and her brother will soon begin studying urban planning. She came to UT Arlington
because of its outstanding reputation in architecture, and says she has
been deeply impressed by all the good that alums have done. She has
already been offered a post-graduation job at a Dallas architecture firm.
Her goal is to design quality housing for the poor.
- Shannon Brunskill walked away from a long career in the airline
industry and into something decidedly more creative. She entered UT
Arlington after Googling “glass art” on the Internet and learning about
the University’s renowned glass art program. Since then, Brunskill has been
internationally recognized for her glass work. After graduation, she will
board a plane to Instanbul where she has been invited to serve as a summer
teaching assistant in an internationally known glass art program. After
returning to North Texas, she plans to open an art studio with a fellow UT
- Brandon Crider broke his neck and severed his spinal cord in a
car crash 10 years ago; the accident cost him the use of his legs. Crider
came to UT Arlington to play wheelchair basketball and is now working to
make the national team in quad rugby. Though he is a competitor, Crider
says his time at the University has given him much more than just the
ability to compete at a high level. He also became a scholar through the
pursuit of his bachelor’s degree in psychology. This honors student
intends to attend law school after graduation.
- Neri Sandoval began his college career at UT Austin but soon
realized there was no place like home. The Mexico native, who was raised
in Dallas, soon transferred to UT Arlington and found success in the
Honors College. After earning his bachelor’s degree in English, Sandoval
plans to enroll in graduate school at the University of Illinois-Chicago,
where he has received the Presidential Fellowship Award and will work
toward a PhD in English. It’s a dream come true for a young man who says
he once feared he wasn’t “cut out” to major in English because his native
language was Spanish. He calls the support he has received from UT
Arlington professors “life changing.”
who are interested in stories about any of the graduates highlighted above may
call the UT Arlington Media Relations Office at 817-272-2761.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
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