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Congratulations, Class of 2017

An estimated 5,600 students walked the College Park Center stage and received their degrees during The University of Texas at Arlington’s commencement ceremonies May 11-13. This represents another graduation record for the University and a projected 8 percent increase over the 5,168 Spring 2016 graduates.

These students join the ranks of more than 214,000 UTA alumni around the globe, many working in business, health care, engineering, education, social work, and other high-demand fields. This new class of innovators will continue UTA’s strong commitment to meeting the state’s demand for highly educated and skilled intellectual capital in key areas of workforce and intellectual needs.

“UTA graduation figures continue to fuel the North Texas workforce,” says state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, a UTA alumna and Senate Finance Chair. “These graduates will quickly find jobs across North Texas and our state—making significant economic contributions to our region and beyond.”

Here are just a few examples of the outstanding Mavericks set to graduate this spring:

Priscilla Glenn

New heights

As a pole vaulter, plant genetics researcher, resident adviser, and co-president of the University Catholic Community, Priscilla Glenn kept her plate full at UTA. She says the University has prepared her well for the next step: a career focused on making food cheaper and more accessible to all. Watch the video

Javier Giribet-Vargas

Making news

Javier Giribet-Vargas is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting. He spent the summer of 2016 interning for KERA public radio in Dallas and was on the scene of a protest that erupted into unspeakable violence July 7. He has landed a highly sought-after internship in Washington, D.C., and credits UTA with preparing him for a career in broadcast journalism. Watch the video

Jason Simmons

Service and courage

During eight years as a U.S. Marine, Jason Simmons was deployed five times. His wartime experiences left him with a severe case of PTSD, but he overcame his struggles and is graduating with a Master of Social Work and plans to counsel vets and their families. Watch the video

Ana Rios-Amaro

Family sacrifice

Born and raised in Texas to parents who migrated from Mexico, Ana is the first member of her family to graduate from college. Her mother and father taught her the value of an education, and she says UTA is incredibly welcoming to first-generation students. She is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and she plans to go on to obtain an MBA. Watch the video