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Fall Commencement to Honor Newest Graduates

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Last spring, Luke Robson, who received a bachelor's degree in arts and technology, and his fellow graduates got ready before the start of their commencement ceremony. The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication will hold its fall commencement ceremony Friday at 2 p.m.

Family, friends and supporters will help celebrate the accomplishments of the newest class of graduates from UT Dallas during commencement ceremonies Dec. 16-17 in the Activity Center.

More than 2,400 students are expected to earn their degrees this fall, including 1,221 bachelor’s students and 1,160 master’s students. Fifty doctoral candidates also have been certified. Approximately 2,600 students, including many graduates who earned their degrees over the summer, are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

After the degrees are officially conferred, UT Dallas will have awarded nearly 110,000 degrees since the University’s inception in 1969.

The recognition of the graduates begins Thursday with the doctoral hooding ceremony. During this event, faculty members and students are dressed in traditional academic regalia, with family members and friends in attendance. One by one, each student’s adviser places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her successful completion of the doctoral program.

The largest of UT Dallas’ eight schools, the Naveen Jindal School of Management, has the most candidates for fall graduation, 1,093.

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science has 499 candidates, followed by the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences with 262 and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with 173. The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication has 129; the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences with 120; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies with 89; and the School of Arts and Humanities with 66.

In keeping with UT Dallas tradition, students have been chosen as commencement speakers. In addition, UT Dallas President Richard Benson will make his first commencement remarks since becoming president, addressing the graduates, their families, friends and supporters.

After each ceremony, graduates and guests will recess to the mall for Memories on the Mall. The event celebrates the University’s newest alumni with light refreshments, photo opportunities and a special gift for graduates.

Those unable to attend the ceremonies can watch a live video stream of the proceedings online.

 

Fall 2016 Commencement Speakers

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez, BS, chemistry, BS, molecular biology, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Sai Pradyoth
Sai Pradyoth L. Gowda, MS, mechanical engineering, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
trenae Johnson
Trenae Johnson, BS, computer science, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Devi Priya Karuppiah
Devi Priya Karuppiah, MS, information technology and management, Naveen Jindal School Management

 

Anna Morales
Anna Morales, BS, neuroscience, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
 
Mariela Pena
Mariela Pena Romo, BS, business administration, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Komal Singh
Komal Singh, MS, supply chain management, Naveen Jindal School of Management

 

Luisa Valls
Luisa Valls, BS, supply chain management, Naveen Jindal School of Management
Fall 2016Commencement Schedule

All events will be held in the Activity Center Main Gym.

Thursday, Dec. 15

1 p.m. Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Friday, Dec. 16

9 a.m. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science — Ceremony 1

11:30 a.m. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science — Ceremony 2

2 p.m. School of Arts and Humanities; School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

4:30 p.m. School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; School of Interdisciplinary Studies; and School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Saturday, Dec. 17

9 a.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management — Undergraduate

11:30 a.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management — Graduate 1

2 p.m. Naveen Jindal School of Management — Graduate 2

Parking

Parking (see map) will be available in Lot J, which is closest to the Activity Center, where ceremonies will be held. Parking for those with disabilities is available there. Parking Structure 4 and Lots H and U will be used for overflow parking. Shuttles will be operating. 

What will commencement day be like? Watch this video, which also features everything graduates and their guests will need to know.

Tag Your Pictures

Share your glimpses of graduation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ with the hashtag #utdgrad. We will include the best Tweets, photos and sentiments in our graduation coverage on our #UTDGrad Tagboard.

Helpful Links

Graduation Information

Live Webcasts of Ceremonies

What to Expect at Commencement

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].