More than 3,400 graduates reached new heights as they became the newest class of UT Dallas alumni during spring commencement ceremonies May 10-12. Families, friends, supporters and graduates celebrated at Memories on the Mall after the ceremonies. Abeere Hymore receives information about where to gather before the commencement ceremony for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology. Mechanical engineering master's degree candidate Adwait Abhay Kulkarni prepares for the graduate commencement ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Kulkarni is from Hyderabad in India. Before graduating with her bachelor's degree in psychology, Anh Nguyen played with psychology puns on her decorated mortarboard. Neuroscience graduates gathered to discuss their experiences at UT Dallas and in their neuroscience classes before participating in commencement. From left: Johnny Chung, Wassim Drissi, Amanda Ebersberger, Ahnaf Arefin, Lewis Glin and Katherine Garner. University Registrar Jennifer McDowell gives instructions about the procession to students from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences before their commencement ceremony. Bar David (right), mechanical engineering graduate, shakes the hand of interim vice president for research Rafael Martin after the undergraduate commencement ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. UT Dallas softball teammates lead the procession at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences' ceremony. The seniors participated early so they could graduate together and prepare for the NCAA tournament. From left: Sara Davison, arts and technology; Heather Gilbert, healthcare studies; and Sarah McLeod, healthcare studies. Family, friends and supporters celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2017 in the Activity Center. More than 3,400 students were expected to participate in the ceremonies. Luke Schlensker embraces his mom, Zahnd, as he enters the undergraduate commencement ceremony for the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Schlensker earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Dr. Inga Musselman, interim provost, welcomes graduates and their families and friends to the commencement ceremony for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Anneka Jenkins, 2, couldn't wait to give her dad a bouquet of roses during his doctoral hooding ceremony. Dr. Mark Jenkins just earned his PhD in aesthetic studies and is teaching at Memorial High School in Houston. He and his wife, Marina, met in an art appreciation class at UT Dallas in spring 2011, when both were graduate students. Naveen Jindal School of Management graduates watch as their peers walk across the stage during commencement. The largest of UT Dallas' eight schools, the School of Management had the most candidates eligible to participate in spring 2017 commencement — 1,503 — spread across three ceremonies. Elaine Torres, who received a bachelor's degree in emerging media and communication, gave the student commencement speech at the ceremony for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Varun Pokkamthanam Joseph, student regent for The University of Texas System, conferred the degrees during the Naveen Jindal School of Management undergraduate ceremony. Joseph is from McKinney, Texas, and will soon graduate from the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Evan Mattice receives his doctoral hood, signifying his PhD in audiology. Placing the hood are Dr. Marion Underwood, dean of graduate studies and Ashbel Smith Professor, and Dr. Ross Roeser, Howard B. and Lois C. Wolf Professor for Pediatric Hearing. Dr. Amanda Alvarez-Dieppa, PhD in cognition and neuroscience, received loud cheers of support as Dr. Marion Underwood, dean of graduate studies and Ashbel Smith Professor, and Dr. Christa McIntyre, associate professor of neuroscience, hooded her. Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, PhD in electrical engineering, waves after receiving his doctoral hood from Dr. Marion Underwood, dean of graduate studies and Ashbel Smith Professor, and Dr. Poras Balsara, professor of electrical engineering. Family members cheer for Eyohas Haile, who earned a master's degree in economics from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Haile was one of more than 1,750 students to earn master's degrees this spring. Jacqueline Paredes waves to family members in the audience at commencement. Paredes earned a bachelor's degree in public affairs from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Zube Uzoma earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Kristin Wright earned her bachelor's degree in art and performance from the School of Arts and Humanities. Mark Lopez earned a bachelor's degree in arts and technology from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Dalia Faheid smiles after walking across the stage during commencement on Thursday. She earned a bachelor's degree in emerging media and communication from the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication. Pablo Juarez Herrera grins after earning his degree in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Vishalini Sundaram earned her bachelor's degree in healthcare studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Executive Vice President Dr. Hobson Wildenthal shakes hands with Dr. Andrew Blanchard, dean of undergraduate education, after announcing that Blanchard is stepping down from his role as dean and returning to regular faculty duties. Yu Wang leaves the Naveen Jindal School of Management commencement ceremony with a diploma holder for her master's degree in accounting in one arm and a bouquet of roses in the other. Jesus Mendez, who earned his bachelor's degree in economics, makes time for a photo with his parents and girlfriend before his commencement ceremony. From left are his parents, Juan and Maria Mendez, and Amairani Ayala, a UT Dallas accounting student who plans to graduate in the fall. Emerson Boggs, who graduates this week with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, displays her medallions representing the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College, service honors and cum laude Latin honors. Friends congratulate Dr. Terri Howard-Hughes, a newly minted PhD in arts and technology who worked for eight years on her doctorate while also running a video production company. She already has a job lined up, working in special effects with filmmaker and visual effects pioneer Doug Trumbull. Dr. Mansour Alhumimidi is surrounded by family after receiving his PhD in geosciences, including his daughters Dana and Lulu, who wore her own regalia. Alhumimidi's father-in-law, Dr. Mohammed Al-suwaiyel, Saudi Arabia's minister of telecommunications, helped with the hooding along with Dr. Carlos Aiken, professor of geosciences. Interdisciplinary studies student Hepson Sanchez (second from left), new mechanical engineering graduates (from left) Miriam Narvaez Rodriguez, Nithisha Maganahalli, Marco Hernandez, Andrea Rivera and Claude Hutchful celebrated at the Spirit Rocks after commencement. Electrical engineering graduate Hailey Lewis poses after commencement with her fiancé, Wen Zhang, and brother, Cody Lewis. The lizards on Hailey's mortarboard were made by artisans in Botswana, where she spent a month working in a pediatric oncology and hematology clinic. She will be working at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. It was a double celebration for Kumar Gaurav, who earned a master's degree in information and technology management from the Jindal School. He presented his diploma holder in a marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Vega Bisaria. The answer was yes. Lina Lan's friends in Italy couldn’t attend her graduation for her master's degree in information technology and management. So, they sent the next best thing – an enlarged photo with their congratulations. Newly minted graduate Demir Candas, who earned a bachelor's in biology, celebrates with his cousin, Derin, his mother, Bobbie, and his father and UT Dallas senior lecturer Dr. Mehmet Candas. Maithri Mahesh (left) and Hiteshi Dehal celebrate with Temoc after graduating with their master's degrees in molecular and cell biology and bioinformatics and computational biology, respectively. Mahesh is now headed to New York City to work as a lab technician for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. All finished: Matthew Clark Smith celebrated with his family after earning a master's degree in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. From left are Meagan Ray, Andrew and Alyce.

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