UT Dallas fall graduation ceremonies began with a Hooding Ceremony for those who earned doctorate degrees. Jagmohan Hooda stooped at the knees so his advisor, Dr. Li Zhang (left), the Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology Science, could drape his hood over his shoulders. Hooda earned his PhD in molecular and cell biology. James Scott MS’10 MS’12 received his doctoral hood from Dr. Richard Scotch and from his sister, Rene Scott, DDS, PhD. These siblings can now be called “doctor,” but they also wear the red, white and blue honor cords denoting their service in the military. James earned his PhD in public affairs from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Heer Mehta enjoyed time with her family after receiving her doctoral hood for earning a PhD in molecular and cell biology from UT Dallas. At right, her mother and both of her grandmothers traveled from India to celebrate her achievement. After receiving her doctoral hood for earning a PhD in electrical engineering, Shahrzad Sheibani (right) celebrated with her advisor, Dr. Rashaunda Henderson, associate professor of electrical engineering. Sheibanai’s mother (not pictured) traveled from Iran to be with her daughter during commencement exercises. Lupita Tinnen celebrated earning her PhD in aesthetic studies from UT Dallas’ School of Arts and Humanities with husband Chris and 2-year-old twins Saskia (right) and Elián, who greeted the new graduate with smiles and hugs after her doctoral hooding ceremony. Todd Polk, who teaches in the Department of Bioengineering, chatted with some of his students before they receive their degrees. A group of electrical engineering students celebrated earning their degrees. They were among the 1,152 master’s students graduating this fall. MBA students Abigail Soyombo, Shubumi Ahuja, Keith Herl, and Paulina Jesionek prepared for their commencement ceremony in the UT Dallas Activity Center. Master’s degree candidates from the Naveen Jindal School of Management grinned for the camera as they lined up for graduation ceremonies inside the Activity Center. Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Marion Underwood spoke to graduates during fall graduation ceremonies. Anna Shapovalova delivered the graduation speech at a ceremony for the schools of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “Your degree is the tool with which to conquer the world,” said Shapovalova, who received a Master of Science in international political economy. Bachelor’s degree candidates from the Naveen Jindal School of Management prepared to receive their degrees during ceremonies at the UT Dallas Activity Center. Dean of Undergraduate Education Dr. Andrew Blanchard congratulated the students on their accomplishments. Dyson Osamba waited to greet his cousin, Rebecca Ebankit, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Many students decorated their caps, including this graduate who highlighted those who supported her academic journey. Greyson Morgan addressed his fellow bachelor’s degree graduates from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, encouraging them to lead with their hearts and not their bank accounts. Morgan graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ashley Moore and Kwentoria Williams became UT Dallas alumni after turning their tassels to the left side of their graduation caps. Both graduates earned bachelor’s degrees in healthcare studies. Clesandra Watson-Robertson blew a kiss to her 2-year-old daughter, Jubilee, her husband and mother, who watched her cross the stage to receive her bachelor’s in healthcare studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Watson-Robertson aims to attend medical school and work as a primary care physician in underserved areas. After crossing the stage, Hafsa Shaikh held the cover for her bachelor’s degree diploma in interdisciplinary studies. Family members captured pictures of graduates walking across the stage during undergraduate ceremonies for students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. John Peacock earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. After helping the UT Dallas Women’s basketball team lock up a winning season last spring, Amber Brown reached an even higher goal when she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology on Friday. Brian and Jaime Safianow applauded as their son, Adam Safianow, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Chuyang Hong, Po-Han Chen, Thomas Gikonyo and Shiwei Chen earned their master’s degrees from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. UT Dallas graduate Haobo Li received a surprise on the commencement stage. Fellow graduate, and her boyfriend, Xin Zhang, asked her to marry him, as a cheering audience looked on. The newly engaged couple, Haobo Li and Xin Zhang, is from China and met at UT Dallas. Both received master’s degrees in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management.  Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, UT Dallas president ad interim, leads the recession after a graduation ceremony. Morgan Giles celebrated with her family following the commencement ceremony for the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She earned her undergraduate degree in child learning and development. Sara Ahmad (left) and Anum Tahir both received their bachelor’s degrees with honors in emerging media and communication. Ahmad enjoyed her time in EMAC because “the program caters to everyone, and depending on how much you put into it, that’s how much you’ll get out.” Darian Garcia (right), who received her bachelor’s in speech language pathology and audiology, said her mother helped her decorate her mortarboard. She is with Katherine Montelongo (center) and Laura Garsea (left), who earned their bachelor’s degrees in child learning and development and emerging media and communication. Daniel Howard graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology. He plans to pursue his master’s degree next, and he would like to specialize in group therapy and marriage counseling. With Howard are his father, Darryl; his sister, Stephanie; and his mother, Gretchen. Colton Mendez, who finished his master’s in applied cognition and neuroscience, whooshed in front of the reflecting pools during the Memories on the Mall celebration. Mendez works for a private research firm in Austin, and he would ultimately like to pursue his doctorate degree. Norman Cerros graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Originally from Honduras, Cerros came to the U.S. as a young man. He first attended Brookhaven College before UT Dallas. He plans to earn a certificate to work with special education children. From left are his niece Gabriela and children Nicolas and Camila. Morgan Kilgore, a UT Dallas basketball standout who started all 27 games her senior year, showed how to shine on the court and in the classroom after completing her degree in computer science. Four master’s degree recipients from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science stand together in celebration on the Spirit Rock. From left to right: Arunraja Srinivasan, Shaw Nawaz Jani Basha, Vijay Kumar Subbaiah and Prasanna Govindarajan. Nick Jarmakovitz, who completed his bachelor’s in software engineering, has his picture taken by his wife, Joyce Jinarajan BA’04, an alumna who has a degree in sociology. From left to right: Matt Polze, a senior lecturer in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, congratulated Ivan Gurrola and Oliver Austin II, who received their bachelor’s degrees in finance and business administration, respectively. Marketing graduate Jin Woobae celebrated her bachelor’s degree from the Naveen Jindal School of Management with balloons and family. T.S. Kohli (left) and Gurpreet Kohli traveled from India to see their son, Japneet Singh Kohli, graduate with a bachelor’s degree in information technology and systems. Anurag Matharasi posed at the front entrance of the Naveen Jindal School of Management after graduation ceremonies. Matharasi earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology and systems and finance.




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