Aishwarya Tirumani (left) and Yunjung Han, who earned bachelor's degrees in computer science, were among The University of Texas at Dallas' largest class of graduates. The cohort included 2,393 bachelor's students, 2,090 master's students and 107 doctoral candidates. Students and their families arrive at the Visitor Center and University Bookstore for the first ceremony of spring commencement. Ana-Maria Frampton checks in for her graduation ceremony. Frampton earned a bachelor's degree in global business and marketing. Grant Branam helps Tyler Reed (left) with his cap while getting ready for the final commencement ceremony of this spring. Both graduates majored in arts and technology and served in Student Government. Visual and performing arts graduate Carly Flores draws on Carolina Reyes' gown while Suzanne Stricker (left) and Victoria Brill watch. The drawings on Reyes' gown mimic the artwork she exhibited for her senior honors thesis this spring. Charles Smith laughs while conversing with fellow participants ahead of one of the four graduation ceremonies for the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Smith earned a master's  degree in business administration. Ashley Blaha hugs a fellow graduate before the commencement ceremony for the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Blaha earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration. Graduating senior Jack Doan, a computer engineering major, shows UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson his "Fearless Engineering" mortarboard before the second commencement ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Theresa Towner (second from left) takes a moment to catch up with graduating literary studies students Andrew Robinson, Brittany Ginn, Blair Lawrence and Atiyya Menifee. Towner, professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, is a Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award recipient. Friends from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science demonstrate the Whoosh before commencement ceremonies. From left: John Thurman, Dhiren Kisani, Mikhail Tishechkin, Abdullah Khan and Michael Kochumuttom. Students earning their bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering pose for a cellphone photo as they prepare to walk across the stage at commencement ceremonies. From left: Quincy Undseth, Oluwatobi Babayemi, Rachel Helguero, Mahitha Roy and Krithika Iyer. Bernice Varga, who earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, touches a poster with UT Dallas mascot Temoc for luck as she prepares to enter the Activity Center's Main Gym for her commencement ceremony. From left: Elyse Basile, Rawan Alhosani, Matson Dickson, Catherine Fisher and Lauren Klinkert are lined up and ready for their moment on stage before the commencement ceremony for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Family, friends and supporters celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2018 in the Activity Center. More than 4,100 students were expected to participate in 10 ceremonies over three days. President Richard C. Benson welcomes graduates and their families and friends to the commencement ceremony for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In her graduation speech, Megan Badejo, who earned a bachelor's degree in healthcare studies, urged her classmates to continue to pursue their dreams: "Why not give everything you've got, regardless of the obstacles before you? It may be hard, but living a life without passion or purpose is a grotesque equation for misery and despair." Omar Rosales, a member of the G-Force Mentor Program, earned a bachelor's degree in biology. The mentor program is part of a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board effort to boost enrollment of underrepresented students. Dr. Rita Bhui was hooded by her husband, Dr. Arup Polley, an engineer at Texas Instruments during the Hooding Ceremony. Bhui earned her doctorate in physics from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Zachary Myers earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Proud mom Laura Pedroza watches as her son, Joe Anthony Guzman, takes his seat at the commencement ceremony for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Guzman earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. Alexis Bernal, a Terry Scholar and Student Success Center worker, is all smiles as she receives her bachelor's degree in biology from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Parminder Bhogal, an information technology and management graduate student, celebrates after walking across the stage. As part of a new tradition, Molly Millsap passed the torch on stage and revealed that she had served as UT Dallas mascot Temoc for the past two years. Millsap earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. Dairon Turner, a member of the Black Student Alliance, earned a bachelor's degree in information technology and systems from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Computer science graduate Rebecca Barsotti makes it official by moving the tassel on her mortarboard during the first ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Honors graduates Jayant Kurvari, Roshni Ray and Kathan Trivedi celebrate their academic achievements after Honors Convocation. Latin Honors graduates Catherine Fisher and Razaq Durodoye hug after they were recognized at Honors Convocation. Dr. Ahmed Ali celebrated his doctoral hooding with his wife, Soha Mahmoud, and daughter Lyla. Ali earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and is working for Qualcomm. Dr. Chidike Okeem (center) and his parents, Winifred (left) and Michael Offiah (right), visit with Dr. Nicole Leeper Piquero and Dr. Alex Piquero. Okeem earned a doctorate in criminology from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Meg Fernandez's flowers on her mortarboard stand out from the crowd, which she says makes her an "artistic rebel" in the computer science department. After earning his bachelor's degree in marketing from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Devin Gillitzer will continue to build the marketing and sales consulting company he co-founded last March. Brooklynne Palmer, a Terry Scholar, stands by the reflecting pools after the commencement ceremony for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience and biology and plans to apply to medical school. Alejandro Casasola, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science, says the "T" stands for tenacious. He says he was 2 years old when he and his family emigrated from Argentina for a chance at a better life in America. Gabrielle Reyes, a child learning and development graduate, gets red roses and a hug from her daughter, 7-year-old Giselle Valdivia. Jonathan Bui receives congratulations for his master's degree in accounting from his wife, Noelle, and children Maddox, 12, and Jaxson, 6. Bui works in internal audit at Dr Pepper Snapple Group in Plano. Saumya Dixit says it was hard leaving India to attend UTD but earning her master's degree in computer science made it worth the sacrifice. From left: Ngoran Allangba, Triza Nganga and Mohamed Bakayoko each celebrated after earning their master's degrees in accounting. Allangba and Bakayoko are from Ivory Coast and met at Brookhaven Community College. They later befriended Nganga, who is from Kenya, when they transferred to UT Dallas. Gladys Lemus and Zulema Luján hug before their commencement. The friends, who earned bachelor's degrees in business administration, decorated their mortarboards with the same message in Spanish, which translates as: "Your sacrifices and support are the reason for what I've achieved. This diploma is for you! "

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