Ta-Yen Chen, who earned a master's degree in economics from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was one of more than 3,550 spring graduates honored during eight commencement ceremonies May 14-16 at UT Dallas. Akshay Narendra (left) aimed for the perfect selfie with help from Clay Kimball (center) and Kyle Russo. Kimball earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, while Narendra and Russo are part of UT-PACT, which helps students complete their bachelor's degrees in biology in just three years before starting medical school. From left: Jennifer Kidd, Anne Mosser and Melissa Sweeney relaxed in the Activity Center before commencement ceremonies. All three earned bachelor's degrees from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Daneira Garmon queued up to receive her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at her Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science graduation ceremony. She plans to return for graduate school in a year or two. Zachary Helmberger had a little fun on the way into his graduation ceremony. Helmberger earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering. Friends, families and well-wishers packed the Activity Center to help celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. UT Dallas President David E. Daniel spoke to the Class of 2015 at the Honors Convocation and the spring commencement ceremonies. “UT Dallas never failed to challenge us. From competitive academics … to a diverse student life and a constantly evolving campus, change and progress are routine at UT Dallas,” Yehia Mokhtar told fellow graduates. Mokhtar earned a bachelor's in political science and international political economy. Elika Cokely was hooded by her parents, Dr. Carol Cokely, clinical associate professor of audiology at UT Dallas, and Dr. Jeffrey Cokely, associate professor of audiology at the University of North Texas. WFAA-TV news anchor John McCaa attended a reception with his wife, Nora, after he received his PhD in history of ideas from the School of Arts and Humanities. Wei Shao and Donovan Hufnagle took time during the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, held in the Alexander Clark Center, to acknowledge the support of their families before each received PhDs in aesthetic studies from the School of Arts and Humanities. Paul Mason was met with a hug from his 4-year-old daughter, June, after receiving his PhD in management science. Mason will be on faculty at Baylor University. With newly minted PhDs in physics, Dr. Austin Peel (left) and Dr. Harisankar Namasivayam will soon begin new jobs. Namasivayam works as a data analyst in the Dallas area, while Peel is heading to the CEA in Saclay, France, to work on the Euclid space mission. From left: John Thompson, Jennifer Chon and Jordyn Ayala eagerly waited at the graduation ceremony for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in cognitive science and mathematical studies, while Chon and Ayala earned bachelor's degrees in child learning and development. Family members, friends and supporters packed the Activity Center for the Naveen Jindal School of Management undergraduate commencement ceremony. Andre Hayden cheered on Angela Tamira Grant, who earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. A new alumna of the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Olivia Hebert grinned at the commencement after earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. Justin Joseph smiled after walking the stage to receive his bachelor's degree in literary studies from the School of Arts and Humanities. Priscilla Denise Saenz put on her “thinking cap” for her graduation ceremony for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Saenz earned a bachelor's  degree in neuroscience. Army veteran Raul Montes stopped for a photo with his wife, Monica, and son, Raul Jr., after receiving a cord at a ceremony recognizing graduating students who served in the United States military. Christina Eison (second from left) said she was appreciative of the help she received from the Veteran Services Center throughout her time at UT Dallas. Noshua Vincent earned a bachelor's degree from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. UT Dallas softball player Megan Aragones scored a major victory at graduation: A bachelor's degree in criminology from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Erich Finch, a Navy veteran who earned a bachelor's degree in supply chain management, smiled after turning his tassel. Justin Scott smiled at friends and family in the crowd at the graduation ceremony for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Scott earned a master's degree in psychological sciences. UT Dallas President David E. Daniel thanked Dr. Austin Cunningham for 21 years of service to the University as dean of graduate studies. Daniel presented a certificate to Cunningham, who is retiring. Scott Garee skipped down the sidewalk with Temoc after earning his master's degree in the executive program for software engineering. After earning his bachelor's degree in criminology from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, Blake Cohorst (center) captured the moment with his parents, Alice and Tony Cohorst. Namrata Duseja (center) congratulated her niece, Janhvi Redkar, who earned a graduate degree in software engineering. Redkar's aunt and uncle, Anil Duseja (right), traveled from Dehli, India, to celebrate with Redkar and their daughter, Arshiya Duseja (not pictured) who earned a master's in international management studies. Twins Kendall Jordan (left) and Jeremy Jordan earned bachelor's degrees in computer science. They joined family and friends on the plaza after their graduation ceremony. New alumni from the Professional Program in Accounting gather after the ceremony to celebrate on the mall. The program prepares students to pass the CPA exam and helps them secure public accounting internships and full-time jobs upon graduation. Jenna Polyniak hugged her father, Shane Payette, after the School of Arts and Humanities graduation ceremony. Polyniak earned a bachelor's degree in arts and technology. Zachary Evans (center left), who received bachelor's degrees in finance and marketing, stopped for a photo with family after the Honors Convocation. Evans received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for his leadership and academic achievements. Reina Tomlinson (center) celebrated on the plaza with her mother, Renko Tomlinson, and boyfriend, Patrick Fang. Reina, a Collegium V Honors Program student, earned her bachelor's in computer science. Fang earned a bachelor's degree in political science at an earlier ceremony. Longtime friends Pratik Beri (left) and Sagar Bhatia grew up in the same city — Pune, India. They both earned master's degrees in information technology and management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. From left: Matthew Yang, Eddie Yi and Michael Vu enjoyed a few moments together before the graduation ceremony for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Each earned a bachelor's  in biology. Yang and Vu are planning to attend medical school, while Yi is opting for dental school. Devina Jagota (center), a graduating neuroscience major, celebrated with Amrita Hans and Keerthi Reddy after the Honors Convocation.  Hans and Reddy are both part of the UT-PACT program. Prabhakar Ganesamurthy (left) and Ajit Gogul Balakrishnan Kannan (right) both graduated with master's degrees in software engineering. Laura Timciuc, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in biology, chose to thank her parents with a message on her mortarboard. Timciuc plans to continue her education and pursue a career in a medical field.

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