Alejandro Escorza, who graduated with his bachelor's degree in arts and technology, was one of approximately 2,600 graduates honored during fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-17 at UT Dallas. After graduation, he will work for Ebby Halliday Realtors as a graphic designer. Matt Varvir, Eun Jun and Anna Lamb wait in the Activity Center before commencement ceremonies on Friday. All three earned Masters of Arts in Teaching in Science Education degrees from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Xiongxing Li holds his 5-month-old daughter while his wife arranges his cap before his graduation ceremony on Saturday. Li earned a master's degree in finance from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Biochemistry graduates Huong Pham, Jonathan Lai, Jocelyn Lee, Kishore Srinivasan and Charles Nam get ready before their commencement ceremony. From left: Dr. Monica Powell, senior associate dean of the Naveen Jindal School of Management, talks to Kalgi Mehta, Varsha Tekele and Monika Soni in the Activity Center as they prepare for their graduation ceremony on Saturday. All three students earned master's in business analytics and already are working at jobs in their field. Sanjida Hoque, heading into the commencement ceremony with her classmates, earned a bachelor's degree in healthcare studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Families, friends and well-wishers helped celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 during fall commencement ceremonies in the Activity Center. UT Dallas has awarded nearly 110,000 degrees since the University’s inception in 1969. Dr. Richard Benson, the fifth president of The University of Texas at Dallas, conferred the graduates' degrees at the fall commencement ceremonies. "In the years to come, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your time here," Benson said."Take pride in the impact that this University has made on your future. And, in turn, make sure that you make an impact wherever your path takes you." Dr. Katharine Fitzharris MS'15 receives her doctoral hood from her father, Dr. William Fitzharris, and Dr. Jackie Clark MS'87 PhD'95, a clinical professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Fitzharris earned a PhD in communication sciences and disorders. Dr. Jason Surmiller is hooded after receiving his PhD in history of ideas. Presenting his hood are Dr. Nils Roemer, director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies, and Dr. Peter K.J. Park, associate professor of history. Dr. Sonny Malte Skaaning MS'13, a new PhD in mathematics, is surrounded by his parents, Hans and Lene Skaaning, and his wife, Miranda, and son, Jasper, as well as a contingent of family and friends from Denmark, his home country. Skaaning is a math modeler for Comerica Bank and lives in Rowlett. Dr. Nasim Rahman poses with her son, Arian, after receiving her PhD in electrical engineering. Jeremy Jackson, with his mother, Dana Jones, graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He was one of 35 graduating student veterans honored at a special Veteran Cording Ceremony held by the UT Dallas Veteran Services Center. The Naveen Jindal School of Management honored its graduating undergraduates Saturday in the first fall commencement ceremony of the day at the Activity Center. Computer science graduate Trenae Johnson addressed fellow graduates from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Johnson, who grew up on a small island in the Bahamas, spoke about learning to embrace the variety of cultures on campus. Proud supporters packed the Activity Center to capture the Class of 2016's big moment during commencement for the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; and the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. UT Dallas President Richard Benson congratulates one of the graduating students in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Benson made his first commencement remarks since becoming president, addressing the graduates, their families, friends and supporters. Chanel Ebanks-Texada embraces her brother, David Texada, an airman first class with the United States Air Force. He flew in from Alaska to surprise his sister as she walked the stage to receive her bachelor's degree in marketing. Phat Le earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Jarvus Cox takes in the moment with a smile after earning a master's degree in systems engineering and management. Cox wore a red, white and blue cord to represent his military service. Anastasia Hudman beams with Comet pride after earning her bachelor's degree in software engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Ryan Arnold and his classmates head to the mall after the commencement ceremony for the School of Arts and Humanities; School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; and School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Arnold earned his bachelor's degree in psychology. Dolores Garcia, who graduated with her bachelor's degree in psychology and child learning and development, received congratulatory flowers and balloons from her brother, Jhonatan.   Shanmukha Rajeev Bulusu, Nishant Shah, Varun Gujar, Varun Shah, Kushal Deshpande, Pawan Gadewar "Whoosh" together after graduating on Saturday. They all earned master's in information technology and management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. But that's not the only thing the friends have in common: All six are roommates who came from the same city — Pune, India — though some of them did not meet until they came to the university. Elly Gallo dons a red stole from her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in arts and technology, and her boyfriend, Marc Tifrea, received his bachelor's degree in computer science earlier in the day. In typical UT Dallas fashion, Michael Siep decorated his mortarboard with a silicon wafer, a thin slice of semiconductor material used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. The electrical engineering graduate also donned a red, white and blue cord to represent his three years of service in the U.S. Army. Madiina Ssali, who graduated with her bachelor's in history from the School of Arts and Humanities, said her experience at UT Dallas was made better thanks to faculty members such as Drs. Sabrina Starnaman and Annelise Heinz, whose courses let her explore themes in ethnic studies and women's history.  Friends and classmates Hrishikesh Prajapati (left) and Harsh Patel celebrate their achievements with their friends at the Spirit Rocks. They both earned their master's degrees in electrical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Pearl Enwere gets a kiss from her parents, Max and Patience Enwere, after earning her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Information technology and management graduates Abhishek Agrawal and Geetanjali Rana, who are married, encouraged family members visiting from Jabalpur, India, to try on mortarboards after commencement Saturday. From left: P.S. Rana, Rana's father; Rana, her sister Meenagshi, nephew Hayagriv, brother-in-law Sunil Nandipati, and mother, Amita. Samia Rahman poses with her cousins, Umaiza and Zunairah Ahmed, after earning her master's degree in information technology and management. David Jimenez, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, accessorized his cap and gown with colorful leis, gifts from his friend who told him it was a time-honored tradition in his own Asian culture. Sandra Kay Brackmann BS'12 decided to keep going after earning her bachelor's degree in accounting from UT Dallas in 2012. On Saturday, the 78-year-old earned her master's in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Brackmann’s two daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren celebrated with her after the ceremony. From left: Mark and Dr. Sheri Vasinda, Brackmann, Debra Felske, Joseph Vasinda and Emily Mahan. Chandler Wilson celebrated his new bachelor's degree in emerging media and communication with his father, Steve, mother, Debbie, and grandmother, Sandy. Newly minted graduate Celina Carrillo decorated her mortarboard to reflect her aspiration to work in children's education. She earned her bachelor's degree in child learning and development, and she is currently applying to master's programs.

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