Ceremony Added to Handle Larger Graduation Class
Record Number of Doctoral Degrees to be Awarded at Spring 2010 Ceremonies
May 12, 2010
The University of Texas at Dallas expects to award 2,165 degrees at its spring graduation ceremonies, planned for this Friday and Saturday in the University’s Activity Center.
The schedule of commencment events at the UT Dallas Activity Center is as follows:
Friday, May 14, 2010
|1 p.m.||Honors Convocation|
|4 p.m.||Management Undergraduates|
|6:30 p.m.||Management Graduates|
|Saturday, May 15, 2010|
|9 a.m.||Arts and Humanities|
|Economic, Political and Policy Sciences|
|11:30 a.m.||Behavioral and Brain Sciences|
|2 p.m.||Interdisciplinary Studies|
|Natural Sciences and Mathematics|
|4:30 p.m.||Engineering and Computer Science|
The ceremonies – six in all – will take place May 14 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. and May 15 at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The University added a ceremony to accommodate the increased graduating class, which is about 11 percent larger than last spring’s class.
With the latest group of graduates, the University will have conferred more than 72,000 degrees during its 40-year history.
UT Dallas will be conferring doctoral degrees on its largest class ever, awarding 87 PhD and eight AuD degrees. Forty-three of these PhD degrees are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The increase in terminal degrees awarded, said Dean of Graduate Studies Austin Cunningham, “is but one of the many indicators of achievement illustrating UT Dallas’ progress as a national university.”
“The growth in doctoral productivity was based on the vital integration between research and doctoral education,” he said. “We have also embraced an active institute and research center structure to help stimulate and manage interdisciplinary research that facilitates unparalleled opportunities for research and graduate training across the disciplines.”
In keeping with tradition, nine students have been chosen as commencement speakers. In order of their appearance, the speakers, degrees and schools are:
- Andrew Maish — bachelor of science in accounting and finance from the School of Management.
- Liji Mary Thomas – master of science in information and accounting from the School of Management.
- Samia Hossain — bachelor of science in international political economy from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
- Megan Newman — bachelor of arts in historical studies from the School of Arts and Humanities.
- Elizabeth Barta — bachelor of science in neuroscience from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
- Elaine and Eunice Odiase – bachelors of science in biology from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
- Sara Dorsey – bachelor of science in biology from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
- Carson Curry — bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
UT Dallas President David E. Daniel also will address graduates, their families, friends and supporters.
Among those expected to receive degrees are 909 graduate students and PhD candidates and 1,256 undergraduates.
The largest of UT Dallas’ seven schools, the School of Management, will award the most degrees: 754.
Next are the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science with 379; the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences with 280; the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with 241; the School of Arts and Humanities with 207; the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences with 183; and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies with 121.
Graduates and their families are cautioned to be aware of ongoing construction on campus, particularly with new traffic patterns and road closures. Ample parking will be available in Lot J and overflow parking will be available in Lots M, Q, D and F, as well as Lots H and I on the western side of campus. University Police also will be on hand to assist families with directions.
Those unable to attend the ceremonies may watch the live video stream of the proceedings by following the link on the graduation page.