Samara Lowe, showing her school pride with a mini-Whoosh at the Spirit Rocks, earned her bachelor's degree in biology. Lowe was among the newest class of graduates at The University of Texas at Dallas. The cohort included 2,528 bachelor's, 1,878 master's and 92 doctoral students who earned degrees. Amber Terry (right) got some assistance from sister Heather Terry before the final spring commencement ceremony on Thursday. Amber, who earned her bachelor's  degree in healthcare studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, also played for the UT Dallas women's basketball team. Zijie Li (center) received his commencement card before his ceremony. Li earned his master's degree in supply chain management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Seventy-year-old Clara Essen BA’16 received her master's degree in applied sociology from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. "I like to push myself as much as I can and be useful. I can work in nonprofits now. I like challenges. I like when it's hard. Now I can tell my grandchildren if I did it, so can you," she said. Namrah Sawani (center), who earned a bachelor's degree in supply chain management, and her fellow graduates were ready for their big moment before their commencement ceremony. Graduate students from the supply chain management program gathered before their commencement ceremony. From left: Shubham Lokre, Abu Bakar Siagian, Pratyaksh Sharma, Prakash Somvanshi, Pui Suen Ross and Robert Reed. Dennis Michael Mims BA'05 returned to UT Dallas to earn his PhD in humanities. Mims hopes to teach at a four-year university or an African American or women’s museum. Students walk into the Activity Center for their commencement ceremony. With nearly 4,000 students expected to participate in the various commencement ceremonies, plus hundreds of guests, more than 10,000 shoes made their way into the Activity Center this spring. Before their commencement ceremony, students from the Naveen Jindal School of Management practiced the Whoosh, a sign designed for Comets to show their school spirit. Jordan Lestingi (center), who earned a bachelor's degree in arts and technology from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, joined his fellow graduates in the procession to the Activity Center for commencement. Traci Vu beamed as she waved to her loved ones in the stands while entering the Activity Center. Vu earned a bachelor's degree in information technology and systems from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Family, friends and supporters celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2019 in the Activity Center. The University was expected to award more undergraduate degrees this spring than ever before. Margarita Khachaturyan waited for her turn during Thursday's commencement ceremony for graduates of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Khachaturyan received her bachelor's degree in psychology. UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson addressed the graduates, as well as their families and friends at commencement: "They have found support and encouragement — from those who have taught and guided them while here, and from family members and friends who made it all possible. To this dynamic graduating class, today marks a rite of passage." Aminah Iman Khan greeted fellow graduates from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences to open her speech at Thursday's commencement ceremony. Khan received her bachelor's degree in psychology. Friends and relatives took videos and photographs during Thursday's commencement ceremony for graduates of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson congratulated Veronica Vazquez as she crossed the stage at commencement. The newly minted alumna earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Sumvruta Iyengar celebrated after crossing the stage at her commencement ceremony. Iyengar, a member of the American Southwest Conference champion tennis team, received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience. Kofi Adjei-Baah smiled after crossing the stage to receive his diploma case. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Carla Equihua Ramirez is the second in her family to graduate from UT Dallas. Her older sister, Nelsy, earned bachelor's and master's degrees through UTeach. Carla earned a bachelor's degree in computer science. Drs. David Michael Martinez MS'16, Kerrianne Elizabeth Morrison MS'16 and Julie Anna Parsons MS'17 (far right) watched the end of the ceremony for graduates of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. All three received their PhDs in psychological sciences. Jude Celiscar, with the national flag of Haiti in his lap, proudly displayed the case that will hold his bachelor's degree in international political economy. Celiscar refused to give up on his education dreams despite overwhelming obstacles and created a courier business to bring goods to his homeland. Dr. Kanchan Bahirat sat with her fellow graduates and her 4-month-old son, Vyaas Virkan, after she crossed the stage with him in tow. Bahirat earned a doctoral degree in computer science. It's official. Charles Seidel, who earned a bachelor's degree in information technology and systems, moved the tassel on his mortarboard from right to left at the end of the ceremony. Sanjana Jain's big smile stood out from the crowd after her commencement ceremony. Jain received a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. "Temoc is my everything!" Trey Smith's warm embrace said it all when he saw his favorite mascot after his commencement ceremony. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Amena Qavi received hugs from her parents and sisters after the commencement ceremony for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Now that she has finished her bachelor's degree in biology, she plans to attend medical school at UT Health San Antonio. Masataka Tokutome struck a pose — complete with a mini-Whoosh — to celebrate earning his bachelor's degree in global business. Identical twins Abigail (left) and Elizabeth Gallagher earned identical UT Dallas degrees — master's degrees in innovation and entrepreneurship from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Mohamad Moussa and his family celebrated Thursday during Memories on the Mall after his commencement ceremony. Moussa earned a bachelor's degree in biology. Vinay Gujar met with friends after earning a master's degree in telecommunications engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Under the hot Texas sun, Chunyue Yang (left) and Xiaotong Li obliged family and friends by jumping — several times — to get the perfect photo after their commencement ceremony. Li earned a master's degree in business administration, while Yang earned a master's degree in supply chain management. Russell Mason, joined by wife Bree and daughter Reagan, celebrated during Memories on the Mall after his commencement ceremony. The happy dad earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Gayatri Iyer and Monisha Yuvaraj, who both earned master's degrees in statistics, prepared to begin their next journeys after their commencement ceremony on Thursday. Iyer is job-hunting, while Yuvaraj plans to pursue a PhD.

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