Michael Kendrick was one of about 3,800 graduates who were honored during nine graduation ceremonies May 15-17. Here he celebrates his master's  degree in electrical engineering atop Spirit Rock.

Michael Kendrick was one of about 3,800 graduates who were honored during nine graduation ceremonies May 15-17. Here he celebrates his master's degree in electrical engineering atop Spirit Rock.

Dawn Brinkley's family helped her celebrate her academic achievements at a reception honoring doctoral graduates. Brinkley earned a PhD in psychological sciences.

Dawn Brinkley's family helped her celebrate her academic achievements at a reception honoring doctoral graduates. Brinkley earned a PhD in psychological sciences.

From left: Soudeh Khoubrouy, Sarah Ostadabbas and Arezoo Modiri earned their PhDs in electrical engineering.

From left: Soudeh Khoubrouy, Sarah Ostadabbas and Arezoo Modiri earned their PhDs in electrical engineering.

Daeyoung Kim hugs his son Minjoon, 5, at a reception celebrating doctoral graduates. Kim, who received his PhD in electrical engineering, will be on the faculty of the Korea Army Academy.

Daeyoung Kim hugs his son Minjoon, 5, at a reception celebrating doctoral graduates. Kim, who received his PhD in electrical engineering, will be on the faculty of the Korea Army Academy.

Ana Gabriela Quinonez (left) and Erika Perez earned bachelor's degrees in biology, while Mitchell Owens, a Collegium V Honors student, graduated with a double major in biology and literary studies.

Ana Gabriela Quinonez (left) and Erika Perez earned bachelor's degrees in biology, while Mitchell Owens, a Collegium V Honors student, graduated with a double major in biology and literary studies.

Benjamin Brookshire (left) earned a bachelor's degree in biology, and Shannon Ladd received a bachelor's degree in actuarial science. The friends were roommates for two years at UT Dallas.

Benjamin Brookshire (left) earned a bachelor's degree in biology, and Shannon Ladd received a bachelor's degree in actuarial science. The friends were roommates for two years at UT Dallas.

Katherine Wentworth (left) and Teagan Batts were all smiles in their Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sashes before commencement began. Both earned bachelor's degrees in biology.

Katherine Wentworth (left) and Teagan Batts were all smiles in their Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sashes before commencement began. Both earned bachelor's degrees in biology.

Graduate students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management's  accounting program get ready for commencement.

Graduate students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management's accounting program get ready for commencement.

Graduate students from the Naveen Jindal School of Management took a quick group selfie before lining up to enter their commencement ceremony.

Graduate students from the Naveen Jindal School of Management took a quick group selfie before lining up to enter their commencement ceremony.

Magus Chihaba, a native of Zimbabwe, earned a bachelor's degree in actuarial science during the graduation ceremony for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Magus Chihaba, a native of Zimbabwe, earned a bachelor's degree in actuarial science during the graduation ceremony for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

UT Dallas honored the accomplishments of more than 3,800 students over three days during a record nine commencement ceremonies.

UT Dallas honored the accomplishments of more than 3,800 students over three days during a record nine commencement ceremonies.

Andrea Ritchie (left) smiles during commencement for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Ritchie earned a bachelor's  degree in political science.

Andrea Ritchie (left) smiles during commencement for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Ritchie earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

Laticia Ann Encalade stands with fellow graduates at the Naveen Jindal School of Management commencement ceremony. Encalade earned a bachelor's  degree in business administration.

Laticia Ann Encalade stands with fellow graduates at the Naveen Jindal School of Management commencement ceremony. Encalade earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.

UT Dallas President David E. Daniel addressed graduates, their families, friends and supporters during commencement.

UT Dallas President David E. Daniel addressed graduates, their families, friends and supporters during commencement.

Megan Simons, who earned bachelor's degrees in criminology and political science, donned sunglasses as she told the 2014 class, “We are Comets: one in a million, exceptionally bright and glorious to behold.”

Megan Simons, who earned bachelor's degrees in criminology and political science, donned sunglasses as she told the 2014 class, “We are Comets: one in a million, exceptionally bright and glorious to behold.”

Sharmeke Shaw, who won a Comet Award this year as a guard for the UT Dallas women's basketball team, earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Sharmeke Shaw, who won a Comet Award this year as a guard for the UT Dallas women's basketball team, earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Zachary Hansen, a student in the Davidson Management Honors Program, received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Zachary Hansen, a student in the Davidson Management Honors Program, received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Tejaswi Polepeddi exits the Activity Center after earning her master's degree in electrical engineering. Polepeddi was among the hundreds of fall 2013 grads who chose to participate in the spring ceremonies.

Tejaswi Polepeddi exits the Activity Center after earning her master's degree in electrical engineering. Polepeddi was among the hundreds of fall 2013 grads who chose to participate in the spring ceremonies.

Stephen Nicknish, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, gets a congratulatory hug from his grandmother, Florence Nicknish.

Stephen Nicknish, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, gets a congratulatory hug from his grandmother, Florence Nicknish.

Laurel Ann Mohrman earned her bachelor's degree in computer science in three years. She used duct tape and puff paint to display one of the facts about graduation that she is most proud of: being debt free.

Laurel Ann Mohrman earned her bachelor's degree in computer science in three years. She used duct tape and puff paint to display one of the facts about graduation that she is most proud of: being debt free.

Divya Akkala (left), seen here with her boyfriend, Ahmed Abotabl, thanked her parents for their support while earning her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Divya Akkala (left), seen here with her boyfriend, Ahmed Abotabl, thanked her parents for their support while earning her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Basel Bataineh earned a master's degree in economics from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

Basel Bataineh earned a master's degree in economics from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

Krystal Ogundipe graduated with a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. With Ogundipe are her mother, Bari Kuma, her sisters Jacquiline and Catherine, and her father, Ken.

Krystal Ogundipe graduated with a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. With Ogundipe are her mother, Bari Kuma, her sisters Jacquiline and Catherine, and her father, Ken.

Dr. Ehsan Shokri Kojori received his PhD in cognition and neuroscience while working with his mentor, Dr. Daniel Krawczyk. Kojori will take a position as a researcher at the National Institute for Drug Abuse.

Dr. Ehsan Shokri Kojori received his PhD in cognition and neuroscience while working with his mentor, Dr. Daniel Krawczyk. Kojori will take a position as a researcher at the National Institute for Drug Abuse.

Graduate Ellie Andrus, who earned a master's in communication disorders, enjoyed the day with her family. Andrus will pursue a career in pediatric speech pathology.

Graduate Ellie Andrus, who earned a master's in communication disorders, enjoyed the day with her family. Andrus will pursue a career in pediatric speech pathology.

Dr. Jackie Nelson, middle, stands with Elizabeth Wilson and Samantha Sang, who earned master's degrees in psychological sciences. Wilson, left, and Sang, right, are Nelson's first master's students to graduate.

Dr. Jackie Nelson (middle) stands with Elizabeth Wilson and Samantha Sang, who earned master's degrees in psychological sciences. Wilson (left) and Sang (right) are Nelson's first master's students to graduate.

Temoc presents Blake King, who earned a bachelor's degree in child learning and development, with a bouquet of roses after the BBS commencement ceremony.

Temoc presents Blake King, who earned a bachelor's degree in child learning and development, with a bouquet of roses after the BBS commencement ceremony.

Darrel Dunn was the commencement speaker at the School of Arts and Humanities ceremony. The ATEC grad plans to infuse his interests in dance, music and art with his technical skills in the future.

Darrel Dunn was the commencement speaker at the School of Arts and Humanities ceremony. The ATEC grad plans to infuse his interests in dance, music and art with his technical skills in the future.

Rob Gresko, pictured here with his family, finished his undergraduate degree in arts and technology. Gresko said he hopes to land a job with an architecture firm designing 3-D renderings and illustrations.

Rob Gresko, pictured here with his family, finished his undergraduate degree in arts and technology. Gresko said he hopes to land a job with an architecture firm designing 3-D renderings and illustrations.

Tiffany Mitchell, an emerging media and communications graduate, walks along the University Mall where graduates celebrated with their families.

Tiffany Mitchell, an emerging media and communications graduate, walks along the University Mall where graduates celebrated with their families.

When emerging media and communications graduate student Jamie Field walked the stage, her family and friends stood and cheered, holding bright pink posters that spelled her name.

When emerging media and communications graduate student Jamie Field walked the stage, her family and friends stood and cheered, holding bright pink posters that spelled her name.

 

 

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