Nearly 1,800 to Earn Diplomas in Fall Graduation
Dec. 18, 2008
Approximately 1,786 students are candidates for degrees at the UT Dallas fall graduation, set for Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in the Activity Center.
The latest group of graduates means the University will have conferred more than 65,000 degrees during the course of its nearly 40-year history.
In keeping with tradition, four students have been chosen as commencement speakers for the ceremonies. The students competed to present an address at one of the graduation ceremonies and were selected by a committee of their peers and faculty. They were judged on academic achievement, campus and community involvement and lecture content.
The speakers are:
- Blake Farha — receiving a Bachelor of Science in economics from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
- Patrick Hampton — with a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
- William “Ben” Morrow — receiving both a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in arts and technology from the School of Arts and Humanities, while enrolled in the University’s pre-med program.
- Ana Tavares — with a Bachelor of Art double major in historical studies and literary studies from the School of Arts and Humanities.
In addition, UT Dallas President David E. Daniel also will address graduates, their families, friends and supporters.
Among those receiving degrees are approximately 815 graduate and Ph.D. candidates and 971 undergraduates.
The largest of UT Dallas’ seven schools, the School of Management, is expected to award the most degrees during fall commencement with 711.
Next is the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science with 231; School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences with 172; the School of Arts and Humanities with 150; the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences with 133; the School of Interdisciplinary Studies with 126; and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with 123.
The University holds two commencement ceremonies per year, in the fall and spring.