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UT Arlington graduating record number of students

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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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.

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. 

A full schedule of Commencement Week activities is available online at 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 International Airport.

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 Texas.

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 Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 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 graduation.
  • UTeach 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. 

Media representatives may call the UT Arlington Media Relations Office at 817-272-2761 to arrange interviews with 2014 graduates.

The 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 diversity. Visit to learn more. Follow #UTAdna on Twitter.


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