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Mengliang Wu and Wan He, who both earned master's degrees in finance from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, were two of the more than 3,700 graduates honored during spring commencement ceremonies May 12-14 at UT Dallas. Beaming with Comet pride, Luke Robson prepared to be honored for his bachelor's degree in arts and technology. Toya Mares sparkled with Comet pride before her graduation ceremony. Mares, from Houston, plans to teach after earning her master's in humanities in aesthetic studies from the School of Arts and Humanities. Christopher Nguyen (left) and Rohith Reddy (right) graduated with bachelor's degrees in the dual major of biology and business administration. Bruno Ifebi (second from left) and Adrian Chavez earned bachelor's degrees in biology. Maria Valente (left) received hugs from daughters Sarah Valente and Junia Valente before her graduation ceremony for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Valente earned a bachelor's in sociology, adding to a growing collection of UT Dallas degrees in the family. From left: Timothy Cole, April Hoang and Shadam Alwan earned bachelor's degrees in healthcare studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Cole wore a sash for athletics, recognizing his four years on the Comets baseball team. Johnathan Seime-Raven was ready to put technology to good use before he walked the stage to receive his master's in arts and technology. Tazeen Rizvi’s mortar board shares what many 2016 UT Dallas graduates and their families were thinking at commencement exercises. Rizvi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. Rajeshwari Taruvai Kalyana Kumar — on her way to receive her PhD in biomedical engineering — was near the front of the processional for the second ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Family, friends and supporters celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2016 in the Activity Center. More than 3,300 students were expected to participate in the ceremonies. Hobson Wildenthal, UT Dallas president <i>ad interim</i>, leads the stage party members as they exit the first graduation ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Inga Musselman, acting provost at UT Dallas, addresses the doctoral candidates during the hooding ceremony. Since 2008, Musselman has overseen the process of faculty review, promotion, and tenure at the University. Dr. Peter Assmann, a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, hugs his daughter, Dr. Sophie Assmann, a new doctorate of audiology graduate, after he and Dr. Marion Underwood, dean of Graduate Studies, presented her with her new doctoral hood. Dr. Nina Barbieri receives her doctoral hood for her PhD in criminology from Drs. Nadine Connell and Nicole Piquero of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Dr. Shanti Aghyarian (left) and Dr. Lucas Rodriguez, both newly minted biomedical engineering PhDs, surround their mentor, Dr. Danieli Rodrigues, assistant professor of bioengineering, after the hooding ceremony. Amber Thi Le (left) and Janelle Joy Largent take in the moment after being honored for their bachelor's degrees in psychology at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences commencement ceremony. UT Dallas President <i>ad interim</i> Hobson Wildenthal congratulates Austin Zorbanos for receiving a degree in business administration from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Wildenthal addressed graduates at each of the eight commencement ceremonies. Waving miniature placards of their favorite graduate, the family of Nicole Deyoe celebrates her newly minted bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and child learning and development. Deyoe hopes to become an audiologist. Students sing the UT Dallas Alma Mater at the commencement ceremony. Shefali Mahajan earned a bachelor's degree in information technology and systems from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, which marked its 40th anniversary this semester. Graduates of the Naveen Jindal School of Management look on as their peers walk across the stage to receive their degrees. UT Dallas recognizes its student-veterans with red, white and blue cords to wear during their graduation ceremonies. Jakeb Spears gestures the Mini Whoosh after walking across the stage to receive his bachelor's degree in business administration. A school tradition, the Mini Whoosh resembles a tiny shooting comet. Marcus Landry, wearing a red, white and blue cord signifying his U.S. military service, and his classmates get ready to celebrate. Landry earned a master's degree in systems engineering and management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Aysha Khan (center), a public affairs senior who graduated summa cum laude, received flowers from friends after the Honors Convocation. Khan was a Critical Language Scholarship recipient who studied Arabic in Oman last summer. Robby Dube celebrated his summa cum laude honors in historical studies and political science with his mother Cheryl Dube (right) of Austin, and father and stepmother Bob and Sharon Dube of Marlin. Dube will attend law school this fall at the University of Minnesota. A cum laude graduate proudly showed her UT Dallas Alumni ring and honors medallion during the Honors Convocation. John Phelan celebrated his master's degree in accounting with his loved ones at Memories on the Mall. Here, he is pictured with his younger brother, Adam. Yuzana Angelus graduated with a master's degree in business analytics from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. After graduation, she will work at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Plano. Identical twin brothers Saad (left) and Moiz Hasan graduated Friday with identical bachelor's degrees from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Both majored in neuroscience and minored in molecular and cell biology, although Moiz added a second degree in psychology. Dana Crosslin celebrates her master's degree in software engineering with her family, including husband, Grant (to her left), and three children, Deterian, 15, Gabby, 4, and Jimmy, 1. A group of graduates from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science mark the occasion with a Whoosh! From left: Dr. Carol Cokely and Dr. Jackie Clark celebrate with audiology doctoral graduates Dr. Kathryn Kuykendall, Dr. Anum Khan and Dr. Jennifer Frank. Ahmad Gharbieh, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science, lets his young cousin Yusuf wear his mortarboard. Swetha Prasad (left) and Gunsheen Kaur received their master's degrees in computer science from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Harshal Pawar, who completed his master's degree in software engineering, celebrates with his parents, who traveled from India. Pawar will work for Tango Analytics in Irving. Lauren Metzel, who earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience, is held up by her boyfriend Luke Lewis BS’15. Metzel and Lewis met as neuroscience students at UT Dallas nearly four years ago. Sara Reidlinger, a master's graduate in humanities, took pride in her artwork on her mortarboard just before her graduation ceremony began. Back arrow for viewing slideshow Forward arrow for viewing slideshow




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