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Spring commencement ceremonies, Graduation Celebration mark farewell to the class of 2008

Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - Spring commencement ceremonies get underway at The University of Texas at Arlington Thursday, May 8, and will be followed by a farewell to the graduating class of 2008 with UT Arlington’s annual Graduation Celebration Friday, May 9.

Special guest speaker at Graduation Celebration is CBS Washington correspondent and “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. Schieffer has been with CBS News for 39 years. He served as anchor on the Saturday edition of “CBS Evening News” for 23 years. He has been Chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and moderator of “Face the Nation” since 1991. He served as interim anchor of the “CBS Evening News” from March 2005 to August 2006. Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, The Pentagon, United States Department of State and United States Congress.

The celebration will also include a salute from the Carlisle Cannons, a performance by the UT Arlington Festival Band, and remarks from UT Arlington students and administrators, including UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. An after party will feature food, drinks, and a concert by the Eli Young Band.

The celebration will get underway at 8 p.m. at Maverick Stadium, 1307 W. Mitchell St. Tickets are not required for the event, which is free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, the following spring commencement ceremonies will take place in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive, unless otherwise specified:

Thursday, May 8
School of Nursing, 7 p.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Rosemary Luquire, Sr. Vice President & Corporate Chief Nursing Officer, Baylor Health Care System.

Friday, May 9
School of Social Work, 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker: Phil Porter (’90 MS SW), 2007 UT Arlington School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

School of Architecture, 3 p.m. Guest speaker: UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo.

Saturday, May 10
College of Engineering, 9 a.m. (BME, CE, CSE, IE degrees) and 12:30 p.m. (AE, EE, MSE, ME degrees). Guest speaker: Roger A. Krone (’81 MS AE), President of Network and Space Systems (a business of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems).

Dept. of Military Science Commissioning Ceremony, 9:30 a.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Guest speaker: Jerry W. Thomas, 2000 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni and member of the Military Science Department Hall of Honor.

College of Business Administration, 4 p.m. (Goolsby Scholars, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations Management) and 7:30 p.m. (All Master and Ph.D. candidates, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Real Estate). Guest speaker: Douglas D. Hawthorne, President and CEO, Texas Health Resources.

Sunday, May 11
School of Urban and Public Affairs, 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Robert Cluck, Mayor of Arlington.

College of Liberal Arts, 4 p.m. (Art & History, Communication, Music, Theatre Arts) and 7:30 p.m. (All Graduate Degrees, Criminology and Criminal Justice, English, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy and Humanities, Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology). Guest speaker: Adonis Rose, founder of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) and jazz artist-in-residence in UT Arlington’s jazz studies program.

Monday, May 12
College of Science, 3 p.m. Guest speaker: Keith Crandell (’87 MS), venture capitalist and co-founder of ARCH Venture Partners.

College of Education, 7 p.m. Guest speaker: Jerry Lewis, vice president for UT Arlington University Communications.

Call each school or college for specific details and ticket availability, or visit for further information.


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