Friends Dhawal Parmar (left) and Shreya Kodolikar, who both earned master's degrees in computer science, were among The University of Texas at Dallas' largest December cohort of graduates. The class included 1,524 bachelor's students, 1,189 master's students and 71 doctoral candidates. Janet Fein, the oldest UT Dallas student participating in fall commencement exercises, meets with University President Richard C. Benson before her ceremony. At age 84, Fein earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. Sarah Fincher checks in outside the Activity Center for the commencement ceremony at which she received her master's degree in communication disorders. Peter Ezeloma, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, checks in before the lead-up to his walk across the commencement stage. Isabelle Smith gets some last-minute spiffing up from a friend before she takes part in commencement. She earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. A quartet of interdisciplinary studies students gets ready to receive their bachelor's degrees at fall commencement. From left: Scott Li, Brandon Henley, Morgan Hendershott and Molly McGuinn. Students take a selfie before a ceremony where they received their bachelor's degrees. Jamie Lynn Hendrix (center) and Crystal Jaimes (right) earned degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology and child learning and development, while Leilani Garcia (left) earned a degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. From left: Nicholas Schumacher, James Harold Kings and Hal Johnson await the call to begin their procession at the commencement ceremony where they received their bachelor's degrees. Johnson and Kings are visual and performing arts majors, while Schumacher is a literary studies major. A photo of school mascot Temoc greets students as they process out of the backstage area before they head to their commencement ceremony. Isaac Urcuyo (center) leads his fellow graduates during the procession into their commencement ceremony for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Juan González, who recently became dean of graduate education, carries the Ceremonial Mace during the procession at one of the commencement ceremonies. Dr. Inga Musselman, provost and vice president for academic affairs, addresses the crowd during one of the ceremonies for the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The school held three ceremonies for 1,210 students. Malak Khalil Abuarja joins her classmates at one of the commencement ceremonies. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Ezra Jones Garcia Calado, who earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the Naveen Jindal School of Management, told her classmates: "As we transition and progress along our own journeys, remember that fatigue will pass and in community you will thrive." Janet Fein is congratulated on the stage during commencement after earning her degree. Her story garnered worldwide media coverage. Relatives of Aiman Rehman (not pictured) cheer as he crossed the stage to receive his Bachelor of Science in finance from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. From left are two of his aunts, Nighat Rehman and Asma Razi, and his mother, Farzana Saleem. Dr. Katelyn Grasse MS'18 waits to receive her hood from her husband, Dr. Dane Grasse (left), a research scientist at UT Dallas, and her advisor, Dr. Seth Hays, assistant professor of bioengineering. Grasse, who earned a PhD in bioengineering, hopes to be a data analyst for a video game company. Dr. Xin Huang MS'17 accepts congratulations from his mother, Ge Gao, and his advisor, Dr. Yulia Gel, professor of mathematical sciences, after earning his PhD in statistics. Dr. Milana Thomas MS'17 receives a congratulatory hug from daughter Sariyah, 4, after completing her doctorate in materials science and engineering. She began working on her PhD two months after Sariyah was born. Corey Joseph Khatemi, who earned a bachelor's degree in arts and technology, took part in the commencement ceremony that included graduates of the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Science and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Sharon Mora graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminology. As an undergraduate, Caleb Thibodeaux was president of the University's Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society. His journey at UT Dallas won't end with his bachelor's degree in economics — he is now working on a master's degree. Arezo Ahmad said she loved the diversity of UT Dallas, as she proudly showed off her flag from Afghanistan, her home country. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. William Lovell gives an emotional embrace to Jeremy Pierce, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in software engineering. Lovell is Pierce's pastor and supported Pierce through the difficult time of losing his father to cancer. Marisa Homan, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in healthcare management, wore a homemade lei made of money, ranging from individual $1 to $100 bills. The tradition has been in her family for years and was a gift from her mother and aunt, she said. Celebrating his Bachelor of Science in computer science, Oussy Sylla said graduating from UTD brings him a great sense of pride as he represents his home country of Mali. Mrudula Vegunta earned her master's degree in business analytics from UT Dallas. Nhat Nguyen celebrates with Temoc, the UT Dallas mascot, at Memories on the Mall after earning his Bachelor of Science in information technology and systems from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Nishanth Gampa, who earned his master's degree in business analytics, celebrates after the opening fall commencement ceremony for the Naveen Jindal School of Management. He plans to move to Seattle and start a new job in January. Three new graduates and their friends capture the moment at Memories on the Mall. From left: Aditi Mehta, a graduate student in supply chain management; Aayush Desai, who earned his master's degree in business analytics; Kathan Thakkar and Siddharth Shah, who both earned master's degrees in supply chain management; and Parth Doshi, systems engineering and management graduate student. Balloons and flowers and smiles bedecked the happy group of students after the last of three commencement ceremonies for the Naveen Jindal School of Management on Tuesday. Sam Morton, who graduated with a master's in business administration, celebrates with 8-month-old son Wyatt after commencement. Jill Mills hugs 5-year-old granddaughter Alissa after commencement on Tuesday afternoon. Mills earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. In a victorious display, Gracious George celebrates his graduation from UT Dallas with a Master of Science in mechanical engineering.

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