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2017 SPRING COMMENCEMENT


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2018 SPRING COMMENCEMENT

Today, one chapter ends and another one begins At The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Student Success is at the center of everything we do. Our goal is not only to enroll students, but also to ensure they graduate and are well prepared to begin their professional careers. Nothing symbolizes this achievement of success more than our commencement ceremonies, in which students come together with classmates, faculty, family and friends to celebrate the completion of their academic journey. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! As we acknowledge the end of one journey, we look forward to a bright future. This is an exciting time to be at UTRGV, and we are only getting started. Our footprint throughout the Rio Grande Valley continues to evolve with the construction of new buildings, the expansion and creation of new academic programs, and the growing healthcare provided by our School of Medicine and College of Health Affairs. Through it all, we remain focused on Student Success and ensuring students are provided the best opportunities to succeed. This page and the adjoining page include many UTRGV milestones since the university welcomed its inaugural class in fall 2015. The future for UTRGV is bright, and we are dedicated to providing the best higher education experience for students from the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

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PLATFORM GUESTS Ernest Aliseda, JD ................................................................................................................................................................. UT System Regent Jaciel Castro .......................................................................................................................................................... UT System Student Regent Guy Bailey, PhD ...................................................................................................................................................................................... President Janna Arney, PhD .................................................................................................................................................................... Deputy President Patricia Alvarez McHatton, PhD ............. Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration Parwinder Grewal, PhD................. Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and New Program Development John Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA ...................................... Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine Magdalena Hinojosa, EdD ........................................................................................................... Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Mark Andersen, PhD ..................................................................................................................................................... Dean, Honors College Steven Block, PhD.................................................................................................................................................. Dean, College of Fine Arts Cynthia Brown, PhD ................................................................................................................................................................... Deputy Provost Kristin Croyle, PhD.................................................................................................................................. Vice President for Student Success Walter Diaz, PhD................................................................................................................................................ Dean, College of Liberal Arts Mohammed Farooqui, PhD.................................................................................................................... Interim Dean, College of Sciences Dave Jackson, PhD.................................................................................................................................................... Dean, Graduate College Mark Kroll, PhD ........................................................................... Dean, Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship Michael Lehker, PhD .................................................................................................................................... Dean, College of Health Affairs Ala Qubbaj, PhD .................................................................................... Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science Alma D. Rodriguez, EdD..................................................................................Interim Dean, College of Education and P-16 Integration M. Lynn Crismon, PharmD..................... Dean, James T. Doluisio Regent’s Chair and Behren’s Centennial Professor, UT Austin

GRAND MARSHALS Friday, 6 p.m. ........................................................ Bobbette M. Morgan, EdD, Faculty Senate Executive Committee Past Member Saturday, 9 a.m. ............................................................................. Yasar Tasnif, PhD, Faculty Senate Executive Committee Member Saturday, 1 p.m. .......................................................................................................... Volker Quetschke, PhD, Faculty Senate President Saturday, 5 p.m. ............................................................................................... Dora E. Saavedra, PhD, Faculty Senate Past President

ANNOUNCING THE CANDIDATES Friday, 6 p.m. ................................................................................................. Tony Forina, Assistant Athletic Director for Development Saturday, 9 a.m. ......................................... Veronica Gonzales, JD, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations Saturday, 1 p.m. ................................................................................ Carlo Tamayo, Associate Director of Outreach and Recruitment Saturday, 5 p.m. ............................................................................................ Tony Forina, Assistant Athletic Director for Development


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ORDER OF EXERCISES Pre-Processional ............................................................................................. UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán • Francisco Loera, MA, Director Processional ................................................................................................ Friday • UTRGV Wind Symphony • Albert Lo, MA, Director Processional ................................................................................................ Saturday • UTRGV Pep Band • Saul Torres, DMA, Director Posting of the Colors ......................................................................................................................................................... UTRGV Army ROTC National Anthem ...................................................................................................................................... UTRGV School of Music Students Welcome and Introduction of Guests .................................................... Patricia Alvarez McHatton, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration Remarks .................................................................................................................................................................. Guy Bailey, PhD, President Introduction of Academic Deans ............................................................ Patricia Alvarez McHatton, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration Presentation of Candidates for Doctoral, Master’s and Baccalaureate Degrees ..................................................................................

Mark Kroll, PhD, Dean, Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Michael Lehker, PhD, Dean, College of Health Affairs

Ala Qubbaj, PhD, Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Mohammed Farooqui, PhD, Interim Dean, College of Sciences

Alma D. Rodriguez, EdD, Interim Dean, College of Education and P-16 Integration

Walter Diaz, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Steven Block, PhD, Dean, College of Fine Arts

Certification of Doctoral, Master’s and Baccalaureate Degrees ...................... Patricia Alvarez McHatton, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration Conferral of Doctoral, Master’s and Baccalaureate Degrees ................................................................. Guy Bailey, PhD, President Concluding Remarks .................................................................................. Patricia Alvarez McHatton, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration Ringing of the Bell ......................................................................................................... Outstanding Graduates Selected for this Honor Brownsville • Friday, 6 p.m. ....................................................................................................... Mee-Lai Alvarado and Michael Schlater Edinburg • Saturday, 9 a.m........................................................................................................... Deidra Tafolla and Yolanda Escobedo Edinburg • Saturday, 1 p.m................................................................................................................ Dustin Torres and Bindu Yarlagadda Edinburg • Saturday, 5 p.m......................................................................................................... Peter Averack and Giovanna Granados Recessional ................................................................................................................................................ Friday • UTRGV Wind Symphony Albert Lo, MA, Director Recessional ....................................................................................................................................................... Saturday • UTRGV Pep Band Saul Torres, DMA, Director


MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE ACADEMY The Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) is an accelerated and innovative concurrent enrollment program for bright, motivated high school juniors and seniors interested in mathematics, science and engineering careers. Students enrolled in the MSA wear two hats – as high school upperclassmen and university undergraduates. They take classes alongside UTRGV students and are taught by university professors. By the time they graduate, they earn between 60 and 80 college credits. The goal of the MSA is to educate the whole person. Caring faculty and staff mentor students to develop their creativity, curiosity, reasoning ability, independence, and self-discipline. Graduates of the academy are prepared for college-level mathematics, science and engineering courses but also in other areas of higher-level studies. MSA students are also encouraged to serve their community, society and humanity.

MSA students are part of the university and engage in many of the same campus activities as traditional students. At the same time, they form close bonds with their MSA peers as they work and study together in a collaborative learning environment. Many MSA students form friendships and memories they will cherish the rest of their lives. The 79th Texas Legislature established the MSA in May 2005 to meet the growing national need for students who are well prepared in mathematical and scientific problem solving, and who are able to compete in an increasingly technological world. It opened to students in fall 2007 at UTRGV’s legacy institution, UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and graduated its first cohort in 2009. In August 2016, MSA expanded to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. It is the only program of its kind within The University of Texas System.

CANDIDATES FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION Mohammad Ali Elisabeth Barcelo 1, 3 Cristian Bejarano 1, 3 Daniel Bejarano 1, 2 Andres Benavides 1, 3 Adam Blish Taylor Brandriff 1, 2 Soren Bugtong 1, 3 Madison Burkott 1 Jorge Campos 1, 3 Gerardo Cano 1, 3 Zaida Carballo 1, 3 Alessandra Cardona 1, 3 Daniel Carlson 1, 3 Alma Carrera 1, 3 Nori Castaneda 1, 3 Yarixa Centeno 3 Kimberly Cervantes 1, 3 Gabriela Chavarria 1, 3 Isabela Chavez 1, 3 Rebekah Coronado 1, 2 Gyzelle De La Cruz Karina De Leon 1, 2

Erik De Los Reyes 2 Caesar De Luna 1, 2 Sara Doty 1, 3 Joshua Duazo 1, 3 Bethany Durant Oswald Erdmenger 1, 3 Ana Escobedo 1, 3 Jose Escobedo 1, 3 Miguel Espinoza 1 Carlos Esquivel 1, 3 Rebecca Figueredo 2 Ethan Floyd 1, 3 Jose Garcia 2 Carolina Garcia Rodriguez 1, 3 Abigail Garza 1 Anna Garza 1, 2 Araceli Garza 1, 3 Michael Gomez 1, 3 Hameen Gorabi 3 Jenna Groves 1, 3 Vanessa Guerra 1, 3 Andres Guerrero 1, 3 Gildardo Guzman 3

Nathan Hernandez Ariana Hinojosa 1, 3 Yanelly Hinojosa 1, 3 Midori Hoshino 1, 3 Amanda Juarez 1, 3 Damon Leal 3 Sean Lee 1, 3 Joyance Liao Mendoza 3 Cleo Anne Magdangal 1, 3 Alyssa Mariscal 1 Gabriela Mariscal 1, 2 Camila Martinez 1, 3 Scarlett Martinez 1, 3 Joshua Mathew 1, 3 Nadine McClary 1, 2 Will Mckinney 1, 3 Bianca Mendez 1, 3 Diego Mendez 1, 3 Kevin Mendez Malcolm Mitchell-Bennett 1, 2 Sandra Montelongo 1, 3 Sophia Moon 1, 3 Joel Morales 1, 3

Roberto Morales Zarek Moreno 1, 2 Andrea Morrison 1, 3 Larry Munoz Ari Munoz 1, 3 Joel Muro Makito Nakagawa 1, 3 Sophia Navarrete 1, 3 Everardo Olivares-Vargas 1, 3 Brianna Ordonez 1, 3 Marco Ortiz 1, 2 Joaquin Owens Carlos Paredes Kenverly Perez 3 Dawson Phillips 1 Emilio Puente Barrios 1, 3 Roberto  Ramirez 1, 3 Maahrose Rana 1, 3 Erick Reyes 1, 3 Robert Rodriguez 1, 3 Sarah Rodriguez 1, 3 Victoria Rodriguez 1, 2 Armando Sanchez 1, 3

HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNITIONS 1 - National Honor Society: Recognizes Outstanding High School Students 2 - Outstanding Academic Achievement: Grade Point Averages 3.5-3.8 3 - Exemplary Academic Achievement: Grade Point Averages 3.9-4.0

Mariah Sanchez 1, 3 Misael Santillana Shyanne Sauceda 1, 3 Romeo Segura 1 Victoria Serrano Aaron Silguero 1, 3 Diego Silva 1, 3 Paul Silva 1, 3 Gizelle Sosa 1, 3 Destiny Soto 1, 2 Jaden Strong 1, 2 Phillip Taboada 1, 3 Paulina Talavera 1, 2 Yamileth Tellez 1, 3 Edgar Torres 1, 3 Rim Touhami 1, 3 Lovyanna Vergel De Dios 1, 3 Kareena Villalobos 1, 3 Maya White 1, 3 Emma Yznaga 1, 3 Daniel Zubieta 1, 3 Karla Zurita 1, 3 Oscar Zurita 1


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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Andre Coelho Vianna

MASTER OF ACCOUNTANCY Lydia P. Aleman Eliazar Bazan Jr. Eva Maria Cantu Shay Elizabeth Clemons

Jeremy Cruz Vallomparambil Nallely De Leon Claudia Edith Esquivel Raul F. Garza

Gloria Lopez Gonzalez Luisa R. Gonzalez Angel F. Hernandez Grace Y. Koong

Roberto Luna Karla Jacquelyn Madrigal Reynaldo A. Martinez Debbie A. Mata

Pedro Luis Ramirez Travis Edward Timmins Felida Villarreal

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Taiwo Olaolu Olusola Abraham Marcela J. Anaya Chong Nathan A. Burkhart Samuel Butler Guadalupe Carrillo III Amanda Marie Galvan Francis Z. Galvan

Ernesto Lozano Alejandra Macias Genaro Martinez Raul Dario Martinez Jacques Mbede Owona Eric Powell Miller Daniel Franisco Muniz

Greg Garcia Jessica Sandoval Garcia Rolando O. Garza Catherine Helm Juan F. Herrera Rhiannon Krista Hobbs Elizabeth M. Keller

Massiel Munoz Tanya Nunez Irma E. Ovalle Jorge Adrian Pena Daniela Quijano Laura A. Ramos Michael J. Ramos

Hugo Ubaldo Ramos Mendoza Hilaree So Guadalupe Juan Solano Jr. Arnoldo Trevino Arthur David Velasquez Jesus Eduardo Zerpa

BACHELOR OF ARTS Anelis Villarreal SCL

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Raymundo Abarca Tonny Joshua Agyekum-Bimpong Jr. Pamela G. Alba Brandon Alejo Cameron E. Alston Carlos S. Alvarado Victoria Alvarez Cindy M. Amaya Ruth S. Aranda MCL Edna K. Baez Fabian Baez Bianca D. Balderas SCL Josie M. Balderrama Hannah M. Ballenger Areli Nieto Ballines Marcela Banda Sundus Z. Bangash CL Marcela I. Barrientos Jason Barrios Jerry K. Barron MCL Enmanuel Bolanos Victor Bolanos Larissa Borrego Israel Botello Jr. Bernard Daniel Bowden Cesar De Jesus Cabello Adriana Cabrera Victoria Dalia Calvillo Jose Pablo Canales Margarita Canales

Ayari Paulette Cantu MCL Eddie Cantu Nicole Marie S. Caramba Eliud Cardenas Jr. MCL Kelly Marie Carnahan SCL Segismundo Carretero Elia A. Carrillo Noe A. Casarez Alissa R. Castaneda Ariana J. Castaneda Jeremy Lee Castaneda Cynthia Ann Castillo CL Jessica Castillo Ludivina Castillo Luis Alberto Castillo Eric Castorena Silvestre Cavazos Dustin H. Cedillo CL Christopher Chapa Gabriela Chapa Reymundo Chapa Valeria Chavarri Martinez Carlos H. Chavez Wei-Chih Chen Sylvester Cobarrubias III Alejandro Colmenero Carlos A. Contreras Chloe A. Cordero CL Daniel Cordero Ivan Corona Molina

Leyla Marcela Cortez Audrey Brianna Cuellar Daniel A. Cujil Axel De La Cruz Daniela S. De La Cruz SCL Ileana Aimee De la Garza Andre Favian De La Tejera Evelyn De Leo Denice De Leon Ashley M. De Los Rios Erika Edith De Los Santos CL Sarah Marie De Luna Ricardo Del Bosque Guillermo Delgadillo Jr. Aliver Diaz David Diaz Karina Diaz Xochitl Citlalli Diaz Landeros MCL Alma L. Dominguez Jr. Selena Dominguez CL Joanna Duggan Caleb J. Echols Diego T. Elizondo Jessica Elizondo Melissa Escalante Javier Reynaldo Escobedo Dunia Espinosa David Facundo Gina M. Fernandez Roosbelt Ferretiz Jr.

Clarise Flores Reva Ann Foxx CL Cesar A. Fuentes Jr. Fatima Fuentes MCL Viviana L. Fuentes Daniel Galarza Christopher L. Gallegos Elyza B. Gaona MCL Ivan I. Garces MCL Brianna Amaris Garcia Carina L. Garcia Deyanira Garcia Jose Alfredo Garcia Juan Antonio Garcia Juanomar Garcia MCL Kaela B. Garcia Margarito Monserat Garcia Jr. Roxanne D. Garcia Beatriz Garza Cynthia D. Garza Eduardo Daniel Garza Gerardo Garza Ismael Garza Jr. Jaime Garza Jr. Juan Manuel Garza Jr. Mark Garza Omar Garza Regina Garza SCL Margaret J. Gil Martinez CL Hector A. Gomez III

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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ROBERT C. VACKAR COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP continued Maria G. Gomez MCL Justin M. Gonzales Audel Gonzalez Cesar U. Gonzalez Daniela G. Gonzalez Isaac J. Gonzalez CL Raudel Gonzalez Tania Lucia Gonzalez Cinthia M. Guadiana Juan R. Guajardo Jr. MCL Melissa Guajardo MCL Victor Guerrero Jr. Erick P. Guevara MCL Astrid Gutierrez Jordan Elijah Gutierrez MCL Leonel Gutierrez Jr. Jessica Yurid Guzman Alexandria Alexis Hausman Brianna Emily Hernandez Luis Alejandro Hernandez Oasis Hernandez Patricio J. Hernandez CL Edna Mariana Hernandez Gamboa CL Carla Ixchel Hernandez Lugo Dalia Diana Hinojosa Ilse Yaneth Hinojosa Itza Yarette Hinojosa Luis F. Ibanez Hassiel Jaramillo Martha M. Jasso Hector Miguel Jimenez Timoteo Jimenez IV Elliot Johnstone CL Alvaro F. Juarez CL Nuriddin Kalam SCL Anthony W. Kovash MCL Brandon Joshua Jing Mun Lau SCL Luis Bernardo Leal Nancy A. Lerma Dan Li Braulio Jesus Londono Alvaro Longoria Anna Lillia Lopez Itzel Guadalupe Lopez MCL Luis E. Lopez CL Paulina Lopez Robert Lopez Perla Lizeth Lozoya Jose L. Magdaleno Nava Ithze A. Maldonado Gemma A. Mandujano Roshni Suresh Manwani SCL Aaryn M. Marez

Alejandro Martinez Ariel Tomas Martinez Denise Martinez MCL Guadalupe Martinez IV Isabella Cameron Martinez MCL Pedro F. Martinez Rudy Martinez Jr. Samantha Martinez Selena Renee Martinez Ariel Tomas Martinez Anabelly Mata MCL Draion Saleck Mcnain Melissa Medina Alexis I. Mendoza Laura Y. Mendoza Mark A. Mendoza Mariana Meza Jose Javier Mireles Jr. Hector Javier Monita Ricardo Rene Montalvo Jr. Miriam Montelongo Erick Uvaldy Morales Marcella N. Moran Odalys Moreno Raul Prudencio Moreno III CL Jesus Christ Moscosa Clarissa Munoz Iker Munoz Jose A. Munoz Nancy Navarro Alexander Nguyen Jose D. Nino Tavania L. Nino MCL Elvin A. Nunez Claudia Beatriz Ochoa Myra Ochoa David M. Olvera Nabor Orozco Jr. Claudia Elizabeth Orozco Gonzalez MCL Tania Anaili Ortega Miguel Gonzalo Ortiz Brittany A. Owens Diana Ozuna Marco Antonio Padilla Edna Maritza Palacios Gerardo Javier Palacios Torres Alejandro Pena Jesus Pena MCL Lizette Pena MCL Marc Christopher Pena Jose Angel Pequeno II SCL Michele A. Pequeno Daniel Perales

Ana Victoria Perez Beatriz Adriana Perez Giovanni Isaiah Perez MCL Tomas Perez III Alonzo U. Pinon Maria Vanessa Prado Leonel Pruneda Jr. Nelson Alejandro Quinillo Joceline Quintero Ramiro Quintero III Bianca Selene Quiroz Joseph Nicholai Ramirez Myranda R. Ramos Lizette Rangel Eliseo Resendiz Synthia Judyth Rey-Munoz Gaudencio Adrian Reyna Jamilex Reyna AnaKaren Rios Ludibina Rivas Paulina Rivas Barbara Ann Riviera Brenda Isabel Rodriguez Edgar A. Rodriguez Eunice Rodriguez Guadalupe Rodriguez Hector F. Rodriguez Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. Jose Eduardo Rodriguez Kevin A. Rodriguez Lauren P. Rodriguez SCL Leslie S. Rodriguez Loyda Carolina Rodriguez MCL Hugo Heriberto Rodriguez Jr. Rolando X. Rodriguez Ariana Roman Vanessa Roman Anchondo SCL Cristopher Romero CL Luis R. Romero Mariano Romero Reynaud Ricardo Esteban Roque Ivonne Rosales Adriana T. Rosas Danllely Salazar Gisela Del Carmen Saldana Lara SCL Evelyn Garcia Salinas Isamara Salinas Javier Salinas Jr. Julio Eduardo Salinas Michael Hunter Salinas Noemi G. Salinas Rene D. Salinas Selene A. Salinas Elizondo

Alejandro Sanchez Edgar Sanchez Jessica Sanchez Angel Sandoval Alejandro Santibanez Kassandra Sarmiento Stephanie Segura MCL Tina Sekulic CL Cesar Omar Sepulveda MCL Esequiel Silva Janett Carolina Silva Oscar Simo Jr. Lhydda Karen Simpson Neiva Patricia Smith CL Alyssa M. Soto MCL Hanna Justina Spets MCL Gabriel I. Stromberg Niurka I. Tamayo Leslie Lee Tapia CL Eliza J. Tejada Karina Teran Quiroga Sami Tiittanen CL Moises L. Torres Jr. Aide Alberta Trejo MCL Cristina M. Trevino Karen I. Trevino MCL Jose R. Urrutia David M. Valdez Miguel Angel Valadez De La Tejera Patricio Antonio Vallejo Georgia S. Vargas Xavier B. Vazquez Brissa N. Vega Francisco Vega Rosalva Vela Maria Guadalupe Velazquez Lugo CL Adriana Vanelly Ventura Eduardo Villa Iliana L. Villalobos MCL Ana Luisa Villarreal Ayled Elizabeth Villarreal CL Consuelo D. Villarreal Michael Villarreal CL Pablo Villarreal Alfonso Vital III Madelaine Camille Wallerstein Reynaldo Ybarra III Martha Virginia York Kristian Zamora Victor Paul Zepeda Jr.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Rachid Alcala CL

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DOCTOR OF EDUCATION Mary Mann Endress Jessica Daniell Hruska

Maria L. Mendez Jennifer Mendoza

Gonzalo Salazar Edith Trevino

MASTER OF ARTS Yvonne Bravo Zerelda Z. Camargo

Kathrynn Amanda Castaneda Julio Cesar Colunga

Nellcy I. Garcia Monic E. Gonzalez

Claribel Cassandra Leal Virginia Ruth Martinez

Ana G. Molina Annayancy Rodriguez

MASTER OF EDUCATION Roxanne Acevedo Laura Karina Adame Arlene Aguirre Stephanie Kristin Alanis Cristina Alaniz Rachel Anderson Ana Sylvia Andrade Celia Arrezola Aisha S. Avila Lorena Barrera Ismael Barron Jr. Heidi S. Beatriz Naomi Betancourt Robert Landen Bishop Jimmy Earl Bowie Danny Cajiri Yesenia Cannon Norann Cantu Nallely Cazares Micah Joel Charping Jeanette Claudio Courtney Ellen Collins Laura L. Coria Beatrice Elizabeth Cruz Sarah Cuadra Clara Cuellar Samantha De La Garza Gilbert Alejandro De Leon Jesus J. De Los Reyes Melissa L. De Los Reyes Shannon Leigh Elkins Radha N. Enriquez

Beatriz Adriana Escobedo Jose Eduardo Ferrer Cristina Flores Monica Flores Deyanira Fregoso Juan A. Fregoso Laura M. Freitag Perla Mariel Frias Perez Mario A. Gallegos Adriana Garcia Cindy Garcia Leslie A. Garcia Guadalupe C. Garcia Melissa Loretta Garcia Yaraniz Garcia Ariana Garza Lorena Garza Sergio Garza Jr. Wendy A. Gilbert William J. Gilbert Jessica L. Gonzalez Juan Manuel Gonzalez Michelle Gonzalez Suzette Nichole Gonzalez Damaris A. Gracia Vanessa L. Guerra Elsa Yasmine Guerrero Noemi Lynn Gutierrez Brenda Hernandez Mario Hernandez Nelda Hernandez Carissa C. Holman

Alva Nidia Huerta Daniel Ibarra Guadalupe Ibarra Jose L. Ibarra Angelica M. Jimenez Lorena B. Jimenez Lourdes Jimenez Amanda Jones Juan M. Juarez Vanessa Jurado Jovana Alejandra Leal Sarah Beth Leal Ashley Christine Lerma Lisa Lyda Licciardello-Mccrea April Lopez Arcadia Lopez Karla Gabriela Lopez Nataly B. Lozano Naomi R. Lyra Linda C. Macias Macaria Martinez Yesica Martinez Carlos A. Mata Rolando Mejorado Tanya S. Mercado Karel Montalvo Maria Cecilia Montenegro Sara P. Montes Melissa Doreen Mora Karen E. Morales Roberto E. Moreno Zayra Ashmin Moreno

Irma Araceli Muniz Vanessa Marie Nava Claudia M. Nunez Azael Oceguera Erika Asusena Ochoa Evangelina Ornelas Alias Jacob Ortega Guadalupe Ortega Corinna Ortiz Michael Padron Ashley E. Palacios Zully M. Pascual Douglass Lyan Pedraza Jennifer L. Pena Marisa Pena Monica Pena Olivia Elizabeth Perry David Carroll Petta Stephanie Monique Pimentel Jessica Lynn Pompa Maya L. Quintanilla Omar Quintero Johanna Ramirez Irazema D. Ramos Jennifer Ann Ratcliff Maricela Recio Yessica Yaneth Resendez Maria Fernanda Rincon Recio Francisco Javier Rios Leticia Elizondo Rios Cristina Ann Rodriguez Emmanuel Rodriguez

Sara Imelda Rodriguez Jo Ann Rosel Mario Ruiz Jr. Monica Gisela Saldivar Vanessa L. Saldivar Johnny E. Salinas Ruth Esther Salinas-Augustus Jose E. Sanchez Rachael Sanchez Eric James Santiago Sandra Shea Scott Carolina L. Silva Jennifer Smith Ilma Solis Julian Solis Christabel I. Sosa Valeria Sosa Deidra Denise Tafolla Sergio Tamez Eleeza Marie Raflores Torio Olga Torres Lori Yvette Urbina-Patlan Morgan B. Van Horn Rolando Vasquez Yveliz Alejandra Vazquez Joanna Villarreal Virginia Nicole Villarreal Liana Villescas Garcia Laura N. Wylie Mario Arturo Zamora

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BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Adriana Adriano Sara M. Almazan Victoria C. Alonzo CL Gerardo Alvarado-Mendez CL Sonia D. Alvarez Daniela Aranda Natalie Badillo Larissa Lallary Banda Daniel Bautista Lauren L. Bearden Miriam Itzhel Becerra Dora O. Borjas MCL Adrian A. Briseno Dayana A. Cano Aslin Cantu CL Viviana Cantu CL Stephanie Capetillo Valerie Y. Carr CL Aracely Cardona Sylvia Castaneda SCL Dannielle L. Cavazos CL Michelle Antonieta Cavazos MCL Vanessa Yvette Cavazos Iannelli Cerda CL Stephanie Chapa Oralia Chavez Larios Amy Denise Chimely MCL Amanda Colbath Martika J. Cortez CL Rosa Jennifer Cota MCL Tempest Lauren Crawford SCL Perla Lizette Cruz MCL Guadalupe E. Cuellar Jennifer Marie Dorsett Kimberly A. Endsley SCL Ayssa D. Escalante CL Roxanna Escobedo Stephanie A. Esparza CL Bianca Espinosa Ana V. Esquivel CL

Michelle Estrada CL Rocio Fabela Cheyenne E. Fernandez Brandee Flores Felicia Goldie Flores CL Julissa Ann Flores MCL Samanta Flores CL Vanessa Galvez Irene D. Gandaria Andrea Rose Garcia Ariana G. Garcia CL Denisse C. Garcia Homero Garcia MCL Jennifer Garcia CL Jimena Garcia MCL Manuel Garcia MCL Tanya M. Garcia Valeria Garcia CL Vianey Garcia Yolanda Y. Garcia Cassandra M. Garza Fatima N. Garza MCL Leonor Garza CL Ayehisa Gil Diana Gomez Brittany Marie Gonzales Julia Anne Gonzalez CL Vanessa Y. Gonzalez MCL Ariana I. Guzman Michelle Odette Guzman Astrid Lizeth Hernandez Brenda Rubi Hernandez CL Maleni Hinojosa CL Roxanne Aissa Jimenez Tamara J. Kiefer CL Maribel Leal Valeria D. Limas Chloe Elane Lopez MCL Franchesca R. Lopez Miriam Lopez

Priscilla Lopez CL Victoria Alexandra Lopez Suzy Luera Crystal A. Mariscal Alexis Martinez Amy Dianne Martinez MCL Brenda Anahid Martinez Krystal Martinez CL Melissa Martinez Mirthala Martinez Breanna A. Mata MCL Rosalba Melchor SCL Joanna Lizbeth Mendez Ashley Mendez Martinez CL Sabrina Mendoza Joanna G. Montes Imelda Morales CL Victoria Justine Morales MCL Jessica R. Moreno Gail L. Navarro Edna I. Parra Bonnie Lyzeth Pena Josue Pena Pamela Perez CL Jessica Samaria Posadas Samantha Anyssa Presas Jessica Ramirez Susana Vianey Ramirez MCL Yesenia Resendez Raquel Reyes MCL Ashley Nicole Reyna CL Karla M. Reyna Robbie R. Reyna Violeta Yazmin Rico Amaro SCL Angela Rios CL Adriana Abigail Rivas MCL Lesly V. Robles CL Daniela Rodriguez CL Gabriela Alexandra Rodriguez CL Meriah Rodriguez

Olga Ruby Rodriguez Roxanne Rodriguez CL Izamar Rodriguez De Martinez Cecilia I. Romero CL Dulce C. Romo MCL Vanessa Rosado Rebeca Sofia Saavedra CL Cynthia Natalie Sanchez Maritza Sanchez Yessica Yesenia Segura Balli Arendy Lizett Silva Claudia Silva Stacey L. Silva Diana Solis MCL Iris Darlene Solis SCL Mariah L. Soto Anakaren Torres Leticia Raquel Torres Lisa Marie Torres Mayra Tovar CL Nora Lizbeth Trevino Julio Cesar Turrubiartes Martinez Salma E. Turrubiates SCL Dora P. Uribe Rubi A. Valdez CL Moises Vargas Deborah Vasquez CL Raissa Vasquez MCL Vanessa Vasquez Alyssa B. Vela CL Alexander Velasquez Ashley Vianney Villarreal Anthony Wayne Watson CL Elayne Aleksandrea White Jena Ann Woodruff Alexis Y. Zamora Neyda G. Zarate CL Mykol Z. Zepeda MCL

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Natalie A. Fernandez

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MASTER OF SCIENCE Ivan Amaya Vazquez Alejandro Cruz Raul De Hoyos

James Edward Forkner Pengfei Gu Vanessa Yamile Guerra

Jorge Morales Carlos Andres Pena-Caballero Alfredo Ramos

Vikram Harsha Redrouthu Marcelo A. Resendez Giun Seong

Sergio Torres Charles A. Vale Ivan J. Villarreal

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING Ana Karen Alfaro Oscar Alejandro Alonso Ramirez Martin Amador Botello Marven Calagos David De La Garza April Diandra Gonzalez Homero Gonzalez

Jorge Abraham Pinon Ortiz Nabaraj Pokharel Astrid Michelle Rodriguez Oscar O. Rodriguez Carlos Aparicio Rodriguez Betancourth Osvaldo Ruiz Jose M. Salinas Jr.

Hugo Armando Herrera Everardo Ibarra Alan Lee Jones Ezequiel Juarez Ocanas Pedro Longoria Claudia Lizette Lopez Parameswaran Nampoothiri

Omar Torres Alejandra B. Valdez Jesus Alejandro Valladares Jahaziel Villarreal

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Orlando J. Gomez Norma Alejandra R. Herrera Blanc Sosa Freddy Lazaro Martinez

Eugene Afum-Agyei Alejandro I. Arizpe Juan F. Betancourt

Fernanda Antonieta Monroy Abel J. Rosalez Sylvia Guerrero Tanguma

BACHELOR OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY Kayla M. Buentello

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Rene Maldonado

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Carlos Sebastian Aguirre MCL Griselda Ahumada Jesus Alfredo Aldrete-Lee Daniel Amaro Heriberto Cantu Sergio Contreras Santillan Roberto Javier De La Garza Raul Alberto Espinosa Perez

Gerardo Alejandro Flores Michelle M. Garcia Isaac J. Gonzalez CL Jose H. Guerrero Oscar Hernandez Jr. Sergio Alejandro Herrera Brandon Nataniel Jaramillo Taylor N. Jones-Williams

Jennifer D. Lima CL Justin Lee Luna Samuel Molina Abner Padron Sr. Azurym Jair Padron Roberto Pena Alejandro Pena Silva Monico R. Quintanilla

Karla Noemi Ramirez MCL Ismael Reyes Manuel Alejandro Reyes CL Alejandro Cesar Rios Jesus David Rodriguez Sergio E. Romo Luz I. Salinas Rosie Sanchez MCL

Adolfo A. Sierra Sulema Sosa Everardo Suarez Alejandro Eduardo Vargas CL Andrew Jay Villegas Jody Daniel Whitis

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING Joshua Acosta CL Simon Aguayo Geovanny M. Barajas

Eric E. Cancino Edwin A. Gomez Marco Lugo

Antonio Lujan Jr. CL Eduardo Medina Baldomero Mendez CL

Scott James Mercer MCL Jose Noe Olivarez Jr. Juan M. Tellez MCL

Jaime Alfredo Tijerina Dustin Ramsey Torres Matthew A. Wilson MCL

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE Manuel I. Aguilar SCL Magaly Cantu Ena E. Capucion MCL Edgar Ivan De La Torre Bazan MCL Gerardo De Leon Dante N. Galvan Luis A. Garcia

Oscar Garcia Jr. Josue M. Garza CL Sebastian P. Gawenda Alanny Lopez SCL Austin Michael Luchsinger MCL Alfredo Martinez Marlon Martinez

Samuel Perales Jr. Saul Perales Kristian Love Recio SCL Ray Garcia Rodriguez CL Victor Rodriguez Louis V. Shoe III Harsimranjeet Singh

Brandon Rider St. Clair SCL Nancy Carolina Vidales Emanuel L. Zapata Fernando P. Zavala Jr. CL

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING Gerardo Barron Cristian Mitchel Cano Priscilla E. Castillo Arturo Cervantes Cynthia J. Chapa Chu-Wen Cheng CL Eduardo Colegio

Ryan Lee Cortes Emmanuel Fernando Culebro Federico De La Garza Aaron Estrada Andres O. Garcia Salvador A. Garza Marco Antonio Gonzalez

Abiel Hernandez Gerardo Hernandez Jr. Lizette Lavalle Garza Rogelio Leal Jr. Ruben E. Martinez Joseph W. Medina SCL Jose A. Morales MCL

Jose E. Moreno III Ronald Palomares Miguel Reyna-Bravo CL Samuel Roberts SCL Irania V. Rodriguez Adriana Rubio Segura Christopher Daymon Silva CL

Mark Elliott Solis Gerardo E. Troncoso Miguel Angel Trinidad Luis Angel Vazquez Jose A. Villarreal

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING Luis Angel Alvarado Ramirez

Gloria Cecilia Cira Blanco

Ilse Dennise Lopez

Julio Fernando Rodriguez

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Ayrton A. Ackerman Sr. CL Luis A. Aguilar Miguel A. Alejos Jr. Mario Alonso Ricardo Angel Alvarez Reyna MCL Manuel Balderas IV Raul C. Barbosa Juan P. Barrera Cristian Andres Barron SCL Julian A. Bazan Julio S. Beatriz Jr. SCL Jeremy I. Betancourt Jesus S. Cantu Pedro Cantu Sebastian Castaneda SCL Vicente Cortes SCL Israel P. De La Cruz Adrian M. De Los Santos CL

Andres Dena Alexis Mauricio Escobar CL Arnulfo Daniel Espinoza Pedro Espinoza Jr. CL Noe Flores Jr. CL Christian Garcia Hector H. Garcia Juan De Dios Garcia Raul Garcia Ricardo Manuel Garza Jr. SCL Emmanuel Gomez Alvaro I. Gonzalez Jose R. Gonzalez Jr. Mar E. Gonzalez Dylan Michael Harms Emelin Hernandez Luis E. Hernandez Justin M. Imel CL

Mitsuo Inukai Diego Lopez Abraham Israel Martinez SCL Sergio Martinez Paul Andres Mejia Velasco Enrique Molina Jorge Nicholas Munoz Jr. Daniel Obregon SCL Joshua A. Olson Ernesto Ortega III Lucio Francisco Ortiz Alejandro Prieto Annette Puga Edric R. Ramos Rolando Antonio Ramos Thomas E. Rodriguez Antonio Saldana Jr. Victor G. Saldivar

Eleazar Salinas Jr. Aleksandr M. Samodouroff Carlos Manuel San Martin Maury Maximiliano Sibaja Michael Anthony Silva Ines Tijerina Marvyn Andrei Torres Daniel Salvador Trevino MCL Roberto Trevino Jr. Javier Trigo Jr. Uvaldo Jesus Valdez Jr. Luis R. Valencia Elisa Vasquez Arnoldo Ventura Eduardo Villalobos Josiah I. Villarreal MCL Joseph Andrew Zamora David Daniel Zarate

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MASTER OF FINE ARTS Fabian Chavarria Cesar Leonardo De Leon Juan Flores Jr.

Jesus Lopez Serena Mae Pandos Jiovanna Lee Perez

Iliana Rodriguez Joshua James Schmitz Jonathan Solis

Natalia Noemi Soto Gabriel Jorge Torres Mark Anthony Zavala

MASTER OF MUSIC Juan Manuel Amaro Jr. Camden Blaine Beavers

Victor Ivan Longoria Jesus Guillermo Morales

Briana Alexandra Olivares Jovan C. Paez

BACHELOR OF ARTS Stephanie J. Acosta Aimee Ambriz MCL Eliana Araujo Juan Antonio Arriaga MCL Andrea Avila Andres Darrell Cantu MCL Valeria Damken Andrea Michelle De Santiago Aguilar MCL Stephanie M. Delgado CL

Robert A. Larios Gabriella N. Lopez Amanda Lynette Luna Amanda Munoz CL Corina Juanita Ochoa Bianca Perez Brenda Guillermina Perez CL Cristopher Nicolas Perez Sanchez Anicia Marie Rios

Karen Escobedo Daniel Fraga Alexandria C. Garcia Daniel Garza Richard James Garza Alejandra V. Gonzalez CL Yolitza Syvoney Griego Jasmin A. Grimaldo Jade Lauren Klassen CL

Daniela C. Rios Roxxanna Rivera Gerry Sue Rodriguez Hocabeth Julia Rodriguez Blanca Zugey Soberanes Gisela Torres Victoria J. Vielma Leslie Kathryn Yoste-Diaz CL Danilo E. Zepeda MCL

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS Danny M. Abreu MCL Elizabeth Alvarado Ashley Marie Alvarez Veronica Leticia Anguiano Ariadny Balderas CL Charlene C. Bowles MCL Bernice Cerda

Alexander Cortez Ruby Y. Delgado Valerie L. Escamilla Joanna R. Galindo CL Maria A. Garza MCL Alejandra Karina Lopez Maricela Lorenzon

Devon L. Martinez CL Michelle A. Mata MCL Ramon R. Medrano III Oscar E. Mejia CL Mayte Menchaca SCL Lauren Michelle Morris Dominique Ortiz MCL

Ricardo Partida Astrid Pena MCL Jennifer Pena Alexis Marie Ramos Edith D. Rios Shelsy Rodriguez Maria Teresa Ruiz CL

Samantha K. Ruiz Angel San Agustin Whitney M. Smith Humberto Trevino Jr. SCL Jessica E. Villanueva Rogelio Zamora Jr.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC Jose Aguilar III Hugo Aranda Karen Escobar CL Sylvia Maria Flores

Jose Humberto Garcia Jr. Charles Gaxiola III Cesia Atlai Hernandez MCL Evany Jackson

Christopher Monsivais Laura A. Morin MCL Michael Shane Rangel Lauro Javier Salinas CL

Orlando Salinas MCL Pedro Valdez Michael Vincent Wygant Iliana Zendejas

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UTRGV COOPERATIVE PHARMACY PROGRAM Ismael Becho Jr.

Bianca Brittany Perez

John Paul Sanchez

Clarisa A. Vela

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Eluterio Blanco Jr.

Leila Lorena Flores-Torres

Andrew Perez

Manisha Sharma

MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES Moses Campos Gregory Michael Carpenter

Juan Cooks Ronald John Greico

Cheng Chung Hsieh Patrick D. Loew

Alexander Merkle Alfred Reyno

Christina Walter

MASTER OF SCIENCE Marisol Acosta Jennifer E. Alfaro Ericka C. Almazan Saul Bautista Kimberly M. Benavides Cynthia A. Berlanga Claudia Camacho Karina Margarita Camano Annette M. Cano Tiffany I. Cantu Genesis Carrasco Raul Hector Casares II Josefina O. Cavazos Vishal Chandra Erik L. Chapa Holly Clapper Lupita V. Clemente Celenea M. Cordova Irene Jeanette Cortez Ruben De La Rosa II Gina Marcela Enriquez de Flores Iliana I. Escandon Arturo Esquivel Jr. Aurora Figueroa

Ivan Alejandro Figueroa Monsivais Deidra K. Flores Michelle Flores Paloma C. Flores Vannessa Fuentes Jacqueline Garcia Jennifer Garza Joel Garza Melissa Gauna Jonathan Gonzalez Mark A. Gonzalez Omar R. Gonzalez David Guerra Priscilla Guillen Fairuz Fathi Haj-Yahya Ashley N. Hathorn David Hinojosa Yesenia N. Hinojosa Adabel Hinojosa Laurel Nadia Barbara Khalil Chelsey Alexis Leal Analisa Lopez Victoria N. Lopez Terri Lynn Malone

Judith E. Martinez Lizbeth Martinez Zima Medina Patricia D. Mejorado Paloma Jackeline Mendoza Desiree Moreno Misty Lee Morin Bailee Bree Nance Emmanuel Maati Nyangau Cortney R. Payne Monica L. Perez Rigel M. Pinon Jessica Janet Porras Belinda M. Pruneda Alexandrina Quintanilla Ivon N. Ramirez Jesenia Ramos Evy N. Rendon Nicole Marie Rivas Esmeralda Rivera John Powell Yunzal Robles Carlos Rodriguez Rodolfo Jorge Manuel Rodriguez Lerma Alexandra Rosas

Adan Ruiz Roxana Saenz Luis Alberto Salazar Kassandra Elizabeth Saldana Carlos Alberto Sanchez Diego Emmanuel Sanchez Michelle Sanchez Ana Laura Sanchez-Lopez Reeva Scaife Ana Karen Segura Aaron Smith Jr. Ana L. Tamez Jacqueline L. Tellez Alexis Tigner-Mouton Alessandra Marie Trevino Steven Greg Trevino Lupita Denise Valentin Crystal I. Vasquez Sergio Arturo Vera Jr. Pamela Watts Angelina Zamora Victor Zanabria

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING Jacqueline Alvarez David Cesar Decanini Jr. Mayra Derupe Jenna Ryssa Dimas Mindy Ann Garces Ashley Eryn Garcia Diego Agustin Garza

Rebecca Garza Tabatha A. Garza Luz Maria Gonzalez Faiza Haque Maria Elena Hernandez Tirza Lee Hernandez Sylvia Chastity Ingram

Cynthia R. Lopez Michelle Lee Lopez Arely Martinez Lilian B. Najera Isaacc G. Nino Nneka L. Nweke Jacklynn Monique Ochoa

Erica J. Ramos Carolina Ruiz Carlos Antonio Salinas Claudio G. Vazquez Michael Robert Warren Jr. Bethany M. Yearty

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK Lucia A. Aguilar Tharwah Alzoubi Maria E. Bazan Cynthia G. Cantu Nohemi Castorena Mayra A. Castro Ruby Contreras Melissa Eugenia De La Rosa Ana A. Duenes Bridget Awozire Ebaseh-Onofa Socorro Farias Iliana J. Fernandez Melissa Galaviz

Citlali Martinez Nancy Martinez Lucero N. Mendoza Jennifer Montano Arnoldo Joel Nunez Jennifer Ramirez Elizabeth Alejandra Ramirez-Martinez Karen I. Retana Danny Reyna Monica Rios AnaKaren Rodriguez Clara Erika Rodriguez Judith Rodriguez

Melinda Garza Michelle Denise Garza Daekin Shondae Gonzales Gregorio Gonzalez Brenda Guerra Maria Senovia Guerra Alicia Guzman Mario A. Jasso Susana Jones Stephanie A. Leal Aidil Belinda Llanas Kristin M. Luna Mariana Marquez

Ashley N. Romo Noreli Anahi Roque Cindy Rosas Karla Maria Salazar Mckensey Alexis Samsen Cesar San Martin Leticia Ivonne Sosa Erika Kassandra Soto Amanda T. Valencia Sevana Marie Valero Claudia Veronica Vallejo Torri R. Vergara

BACHELOR OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY Ryan Charles Beverlin SCL Flor Ceniceros

Israel Garza Jr Claudia Gonzalez MCL

Jonathan Lee Patterson Vasti Perales MCL

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Chelsey Ann Abraham SCL Irma Patricia Adame Miranda Adame Adriana E. Aguilar MCL Juan V. Aguirre Aylen Alaniz Daniel Edward Alaniz MCL Kimberly Xaviera Alfaro Odalys J. Almanza Raquel Alonzo Christopher Mark Alvarado Kimberly Alvarez Jisela J. Anguiano MCL Jose Enrique Araujo CL Liliana Archer Abigail Arellano Jaime Arredondo Carolina D. Avalos Mario Alberto Avalos Jasmine Aviles Bryan Anthony Avitia MCL Roberto Baca CL Suzette Balderas MCL Dina Balladares MCL Bryce Lynn Balli Danika J. Barajas James Grantham Banks Barbee CL Jose Marcos Barbosa Jr. CL Jose Guadalupe Barboza April Lynn Barrera Gonzalo Barrera Jr. Julissa Barrios Montserrath Barron Victor M. Bazaldua Jr. CL Nyssa Marie Beltran Keila E. Benitez Jesus Gerardo Bojorquez Michael Joseph Boudreaux II Melissa L. Bustamante Sahil Lal Buxani Ana E. Cahuiche Maria G. Calderon Roberto A. Camacho Ashley N. Canas MCL Nereyda A. Cano Anabel Cantu Gabriella R. Cantu CL Kimberly Nicole Cantu MCL Orlando Cantu Sylvia Marie Cantu SCL

Robynnclaire L. Carin Kristal L. Carrasco Graciela Carrillo SCL Griselda Carrillo SCL Gabriel Esteban Carrizales Jr. Victoria G. Castaneda Vanesa Castellanos Amanda Nileen Castillo Jair I. Castro Amber C. Cavazos Maritza A. Cepeda Mariana A. Cerda Carolina Chapa Michael Chapa Carlos Diego Chavez Coral Chavez Gerson U. Cisneros Isamar Cisneros CL Diego J. Coello Shalom Y. Corona MCL Brianda K. Cortez Dalia B. Cortez Ashley Nicole Cruz Marcos A. Cruz Jr. MCL Hari G. Das SCL Noe Alfredo De La Garza David M. De Leon III Megan Dempsey CL Andrew Diaz Tabatha Marie Duran Jameli L. Echiveste CL Ramon A. Enriquez Ruth Escalera Brianna H. Escobar Yolanda I. Escobedo MCL Alejandra Esparza Andrea Espinosa Lorena J. Espinoza Eraldo Velthair Estrada Jessemel Estrada MCL Estefania Fernandez Claudia Flores Elizabeth Nicole Flores Eugenio Flores Jr. Joanna Flores MCL Veronica I. Flores Michael Anthony Flores Jr. Jesus R. Franco SCL Alanisa Galindo Priscilla Gallardo CL

Jaime Galvan Mayra Elizabeth Galvan Nora A. Galvan Amanda A. Garces Alberto Garcia Cassandra Garcia CL David Carlos Garcia Jasleen E. Garcia CL Juan Raul Garcia Kristen R. Garcia SCL Laura Garcia Melinda Yvette Garcia Michael A. Garcia CL Monica N. Garcia Samantha J. Garcia Yajaida I. Garcia CL Anahi Garza Angel Nicole Garza CL Beatriz Garza CL Joel A. Garza Julian David Garza Rolando Garza Jessica M. Gomez Alejandro Gonzalez Ana K. Gonzalez Angela R. Gonzalez CL Denise Gonzalez CL Eyna Sugey Gonzalez SCL Rolando Gonzalez Samantha P. Gonzalez Armando Javier Gorena Jr. Andrea Guerra Selena Lissette Guerra CL Amanda Jo Guerrero MCL Manuel Guillen Jocelyn Guzman Roxanne Guzman MCL Alejandro Hernandez Amador Hernandez Jr. Denise K. Hernandez MCL Karen Hernandez Melissa Hernandez CL Renata E. Hernandez Stephanie Hernandez MCL Xavier Celestino Hernandez Cindy Veronica Herrera Karen A. Herrera Pedro Andres Hinojosa Yzenia Huerta Jasel Matibag Ignacio CL

Jesus Maria Islas Jr. Koby Markko Jansen CL Richard Jimenez Brittnie Corinne Johnson Deborah Maria Jones SCL Marisol Juarez Viridiana Juarez Pimentel MCL Hari Kotta SCL Michelle Kowalski Selena N. Ku Oscar Lara Alexis Lazos CL Perla Aidee Leyva Robert Andrew Lizcano Angela Longoria Berenice Lopez Brianna Lopez CL Brittany Amber Lopez Clarissa Y. Lopez Clarissa Lopez MCL Mirthala Lopez CL Priscilla Lopez MCL Teresa De Jesus Lopez Xiomara Lyzette Lopez CL Teresa M. Loya Jasmine Luke SCL Kristina Alyssa Luna Leslie Ann Luna Leanne Maldonado MCL Denise Alysha Martinez CL Kristal Dennise Martinez Marcela Alejandra Martinez Marisol Martinez CL Myra Mercedes Martinez Stephanie M. Martinez Tiffani Amber Martinez Victoria E. Martinez Mirtha Berenice Martinez Sastre Alondra Mascorro Jamie Mathews SCL Yash Krishan Mathur Amanda M. Meda SCL Emma S. Medellin Andrew Jacob Medina Oziris Medina CL Jessica C. Mejia CL Denisse A. Mellado Leonardo D. Mendez CL Zulema Mendez Jacqueline Mercado CL

Trishia Kate Pacquiao Mercado SCL Scarlett Miranda Francisco Mireles Jr. CL Bianca Renee Montez Ana L. Montoya CL Diamond Montoya Madalyn Elayn Morales Vanessa Ann Morales Abigail Moreno Israel Moreno Kelly A. Moreno Ruben Moreno Valentin Ignacio Moreno Jr. Giri Movva SCL Hari Movva SCL Sarah J. Muniz Villanay Munoz Italia A. Navar Gabriela Navejar Michael Aaron Nino CL Manuel A. Nunez Melissa Ochoa CL Ray T. Ochoa Salvador Olivares Jr. Anna E. Olivarez Alejandro Olvera SCL Leslie Anahi Olvera CL Oneyda Olvera Paulina M. Ornelas CL Maria Orta Tanya Ortiz Stephany Oviedo Heather Padilla Jennette Palomo Jesus Panola III SCL Karla Marisol Paredes MCL Liliana Guadalupe Partida MCL Deyanira Patlan CL Aileen Alexandra Pena SCL Dana Marie Pena Karina Pena CL Anisa Perez CL Carla Enedina Perez Maria C. Perez SCL Manuel A. Pineda Bernard Poncio CL Liz G. Pulido Luis A. Quezada CL Sergio Quijada Danielle Lynn Rainha

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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COLLEGE OF HEALTH AFFAIRS Crystal Nicole Ramirez Matthew Ramirez Nerida A. Ramirez SCL Astrid Tamara Ramos Vanessa A. Ramos Joshua Rangel Patricia Rangel Lizeidy Resendez Cindy G. Reveles CL Angel H. Reyna Charles M. Reyna Naima Rios Dora A. Rivera Jose Martin Rivera Jr. CL Laura Paola Rivera Reba L. Rivera CL Kassandra M. Robles Mireya I. Robles Betsy M. Rocha Christina N. Rodea CL Dagoberto Rodriguez

David A. Rodriguez Jorge G. Rodriguez Jose Maunel Rodriguez Jr. Laura Elena Rodriguez Leah A. Rodriguez Lizbeth Rodriguez Daniel Abraham Rodriguez de Anda MCL Berenice Rosales MCL Danielle Alexandria Ruiz Jacqueline Ruiz Florentino Saenz Rios SCL Dennia I. Salas Saraceli M. Salas SCL Mario A. Salazar Jr. Norma C. Salazar Miriam Sarahi Salgado Guerrero MCL Crystal Salinas Jonathan Jordan Salinas Linda M. Salinas

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Miguel A. Salinas Jr. MCL Maria G. Salmonson CL Angelica D. Sanchez CL Gloria Lileth Sanchez Griselda Sanchez Monica Sanchez Ana Teresa Sandoval Belen Sandoval Brianna Sayas Carla Beatriz Silva Lorena Elizabeth Silva Samantha Silva Arantza Solano Ashley A. Solis Gisselle Solis MCL Sydney L. Sommer Arhyssa Marie Ozuna Soria Esteban Sosa III MCL Henry Soto Jr. Derick Nathan Soza Brianna Sugimoto

Courtney A. Talbert Joshua A. Torralba Jonathan A. Torres Karina Torres Taylor R. Torres Alexandra Trevino MCL Andrea J. Trevino Mabel Asenso Tufuoh MCL Shaira Mae P. Ulangca MCL Viviana I. Uriegas CL Maria M. Vaca CL Erin Valdez CL Gabriela I. Valdez Yanette A. Valdez Melanie Marie Vance SCL Marcos A. Vargas Yammile Vargas Gonzalez MCL Jasmin Vasquez Juan A. Vasquez MCL Karen L. Vasquez Wilma Magaly Vasquez

Lyzeth G. Vazquez Mayra Alejandra Vega Salinas SCL Fernando Brian Velasco Reyna Juan Manuel Vera Daniela Vidal SCL Bertha Alyssa Villarreal Eliza G. Villarreal Natasha Ruby Villarreal Whitney Ann Villarreal Brenda Villegas Natasha Jay Vora SCL Anna G. Walper Perla Ruby Yanez Enrique Zamora Jaime U. Zarate Christian Elizabeth Zecca Edna Lee Zuniga

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING Doreen Sanchez Aguilar Tracy Belinda Alcala MCL Judith Abigail Almaguer MCL Sarai Yvette Ambriz Michelle Arce Maya A. Arredondo Kalie D. Barrera Ashley M. Bennett Gloria Lee Cable Aracely Cantu Oscar Cantu Isaiah Cardoza Jr. Azahely G. Carrizales Mara Yazmin Castillo CL DanMark A. Castro Zulema Collazo Anisha F. Corona Diana P. Cuin Yessica Joanna De Leon Daniel Benedict Colina Dechosa CL David Diaz Lindbherg A. Dominguez Nicole S. Dube William H. Elizalde Norma Elizondo Dorellda M. Estrada Marilly Estrada Amber T. Flores Jessica Flores Melisa Flores Osbaldo Flores Sara Elizabeth Flores Alondra Franco CL

Aylin Viridiana Garcia CL Cassey Renee Garcia Gayle M. Garcia CL Jason Eric Garcia Monica Crystal Garcia CL Laura A. Garcia Hernandez Kristan Nicole Garza MCL Roberto Ricardo Garza CL Shania Cristine Garza Natalia Yael Gomez CL Giselle M. Gonzales Anissa Judy Gonzalez Carolina Gonzalez Emily I. Gonzalez Jennifer M. Gonzalez Karla Estefania Gonzalez CL Paola L. Gonzalez Mario A. Hernandez Mitzhel Hernandez Santos Hernandez Jr. Yasmin E. Hernandez Andrea Herrera Alexia Huerta Valaree Huitt Alice K. Jasso Jason C. Krentz MCL Ingrid Y. Ledbetter Alex Loera Christina Lopez Lauren Nicole Lopez CL Priscila Denise Lopez CL Alexis A. Lozano Ayana V. Lozares CL

Bettsy V. Lucero Patricia Mae Cruz Luistro CL Luz Angelique Aguiling Madrazo MCL Robbie Lou Mann Itzel Guadalupe Marquez SCL Carla E. Mazo CL Lindolfo L. Mireles III Vy Nguyen Zoyla Del Carmen Nicholson Zhili Nie MCL Chee Huey M. Oh Adebusola Olofinlade CL Ivan Olvera CL Cristina Palacios Jennifer Perales Eduardo E. Perez CL Leslie R. Perez Rebekah Nell Pimentel George Brendon Pitchford CL Kimberly Quidilla Juan E. Ramirez CL Tanya Ramirez MCL Marina Nicole Ramos Patrisha Andrea Ramos MCL Jacqueline A. Rangel Jesus Raymundo Jr. Julissa M. Rios Adam Joseph Rodriguez Graciela G. Rodriguez MCL Sofia Maithe Rodriguez MCL Juan J. Rodriguez Lopez CL Karla Beatriz Rodriguez Olivera Maria Sandra Sienes Sabas CL

Alexis Michelle Saenz CL Ricardo Salinas Jr. MCL Melissa Sandoval CL Julie Anne Scoggins CL Eduardo Sepulveda Jr. Lydia Shircliff CL Rebecca Isabel Sifuentes CL Alejandra Yvonne Silva CL Cheyenne Danielle Solis Maricelia Solis Sabrina Marie Soto Cornelius T. Sublette MCL Monica Felice Tafolla Gabriel L. Tamayo Yahaira A. Tamez Ariel Jean Torres Briana Monique Tovias MCL Alexia Trevino Melanie D. Trevino Rachel Christine Tunberg Manuel A. Uribe Itzel A. Vela CL Valerie Verenisee Velador Sarah Briana Villarreal Alina A. Wadhwani Kailey H. Wills MCL Shemaiah Mangioet Wooden CL Aaron Zamarripa CL Monica Maria Zavala Denisse Zuniga

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK Susana Gabriela Aguilar Cecilia L. Alaffa Lizzette N. Alva Ermelinda Alvarado-Salas Jessica Alvarez Jessica C. Canales Olga D. Cantu Laura Monique Cantu CL Perla Reyes Cardenas MCL Mayra Paola Carrera MCL Juan Manuel Castro Jr. CL Araceli Cruz Brenda Cruz CL Justa Ruby Cuellar Vanessa D. Davila Dalila De La Cruz Luz Mariela Diaz

Judy A. Escamilla Maritza Escamilla Olga Escobedo Jessica Noheli Estrada CL Roxana Beatriz Felix Kaylee L. Garza Susana Garza Maricela Ginez CL Annette Gonzalez CL Erika Dennise Gonzalez Jessica Gonzalez Sofia Gonzalez MCL Stephanie Gonzalez Kimberly F. Gorham Stephanie Gracia Paolette G. Granja CL Saray E. Guerrero

Adriana Betsabet Gutierrez CL Angelica G. Hernandez Daniely Hernandez Isabel C. Hernandez Erika Herlinda Herrejon Cristina Hogan Elizabeth M. Juarez Aaron M. Leal CL Christina Leal CL Jose J. Lopez Jr. Leyla M. Lopez Valeria Lopez CL Bertha N. Lozano Kassandra Lozoya CL Riba A. Manzo Arturo Martinez Belouis Vance Martinez

Cecilia N. Martinez Isis M. Martinez SCL Devany E. Medrano Malory M. Mercado Byaney Mireles Joanna Monteros Marisol Munoz Alexis M. Nunez Jilda Y. Ochoa MCL Erika J. Olivarez Cynthia Lisa Peralez Beatriz Perez Josielee Jasmine Pitones CL Valeria N. Pompa Martinez Vanessa Francis Proctor Carla Y. Ramos MCL Juanita R. Rivas

Jimena Rivera SCL Mariela Rodriguez Leslie C. Rojas Elizabeth Ruiz CL Graciela Ruiz Cynthia Saldana Melissa Ashley Sifuentes CL Bonnie Marie Solis Jacqueline Torres CL Vanessa Valdez Elizabeth Vasquez Flora E. Villanueva Lucinda N. Wong CL Jessica Zavala

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MASTER OF ARTS Mayra Eduarda Chavana Manuel Angel Chavez Selmo Cristo Eliza Delgado Norma Denae Dibrell Jeffrey Bennett Doyle Eric Scott Fagan Delilah M. Farias Mayra N. Flores Priscilla Leigh Flores Elizabeth Galnares

Sonia Alanis Gloria Isela Almaguer Elvia L. Alvarez Michael A. Betancourt Rolando Alfredo Botello Oscar Daniel Buentello Cynthia Viridiana Cantu Abel J. Carreon Esmeralda Castillo Louis Jarrett Castillo Leticia Chapa De Castro

Ayla Aizza Galvan Katy Garcia Maria Eugenia Garcia Marissa L. Garcia Osmara Garcia Natalie Glenda Garza Valerie F. Garza Karina Gracia Bruce David Griffiths Kattie Annette Guerrero Joseph Brown Human

Sara E. Ravell Norma Isabel Rojas Yvette Salinas Alicia C. Rigney Jessica Rose Sanchez John Paul Sanchez Erendira Santillana Christine Gonzales Severn Sarah Elaine Ward Sarahi Zarate

Bianca Lopez Veronica Lopez Vanessa Lozano Krystal Marroquin Gustavo Martinez Margarita H. Martinez Hannah M. Masso Shaun Martin McCrory Marlene D. Orta Valerie A. Ortiz Jose Guadalupe Quintanilla

MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Valerie Ann Cerda Rosalba Aleyda Corona Ricardo Pena Jr.

Sandra E. Pichardo Alma Linda Rodriguez Viviana Sarria-Diaz

Christopher M. Scott Miguel Angel Venegas April Michele Wilson

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Fabio Hernandez

Alex Anthony Villarreal

MASTER OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS Jason H. Archer Cody Austin Blair Katia Fernanda Cordoba Garcia Alecia N. Cortes Emmanuel Garza Sylvia Leticia` Garza Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr.

Marisa Ramirez John Harold Riggs II Alicia A. Riley Stephanie Danielle Rojas Roland Michael Sanchez Mason Avery Schuller Rosa I. Serafin

Dalia M. Guerrero Nestor I. Lopez Jerry R. Martinez Miriam Louise Mountain Vanessa L. Naylor Hilary Pereira Javier Mauricio Perez

Megan Rachelle Shaw Jeffrey Lawrence Teer Sr. Tory Darin Thompson Debra Denise Torres Mauricio Trevino Sergio Vasquez Jacob Martin Willis

MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AND MANAGEMENT Maria Barrera Jaross

MASTER OF SCIENCE Juliana Alejandro Brian J. Baker Bijan D. Bashiri

Yasmin A. Cordero Praxedis Cortina III George Cruz

Stephanie Guzman Raymond Herrera III Esmeralda Cortez Moreno

Marlee Olivarez Julie I. Peraza Rosa Perez

Karen R. Rodriguez Armando De Jesus Trevino

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Marcela Hebbard

Juana Dolores Montiel

BACHELOR OF APPLIED ARTS AND SCIENCES Norma Patricia Acosta Yesenia Canaba

Daisy Garcia Jason Melvin Hill Sr.

Elisa Morales Medina Jose Rodriguez

Patricia Rodriguez

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS continued BACHELOR OF ARTS Liliana Itzel Aguilar Marina Aguilar Teofilo Aguirre Jr. Daniel Alanis Tomas Alanis Jr. SCL Krysta L. Alaniz Jackqueline Alejos CL Veronica Marie Aleman Felix Almaraz Jr. CL Rosa Maria Almazan SCL Ofelia P. Alonso SCL Ricardo A. Alonzo Jr. Jose A. Alvarado Jr. Ashley Alvarez Iesha R. Amaya Victoria Andrade CL Omar Araiza Andrew Jay Arce Jacqueline J. Arias Peter Sydvin Averack MCL Ana Avila CL Alvaro D. Ayala Samantha Rae Baker Raul Balandrano II Jocelyn Barrera Elias I. Barron MCL Sage C. Bazan SCL Aaron Isai Benavidez Celeste L. Berlanga Mathew S. Betancourt Agustin Briones Jr. CL Clayton B. Browne Demond Kevin Butler-Garcia Julissa Caballero Amaury A. Cabrera Mario D. Camorlinga Ashley Campos Makayla Canales Tiffany D. Cano Carlos Cantu Jr. CL Damaris Denise Cantu CL Dyanira Cantu Kassandra Cantu Lizbet Cantu MCL Victoria E. Cantu Priscilla Jean Cardenas Juan De Dios Carlos MCL Melina A. Carmona Karla A. Carpio Erin D. Carrillo Cynthia Carrizales Alexys Castaneda Clarissa Castaneda Christopher M. Castillo MCL Daniela Castillo Michelle M. Castillo SCL Judith N. Cavazos June Nicole Cavazos Luis Humberto Cavazos Ashley N. Cedillo Andres Gonzalo Cervantes Andres Cervantes Gabriela Charles Andrea Chavez SCL Sarah E. Christiansen Viviana Cid Katherine Cisneros Lluvia F. Cisneros Valeria Contreras Herrera MCL Stephanie E. Cordova Yahaira L. Coutino Ayesha Kaitlin Crutchfield Erica M. Cruz Joel Cruz Jr. Nicte Susana Cruz

Michelle V. Davalos Carlos De La Fuente Luis Daniel De La O Diosdado Mayra Karina De La Torre Loza Cindy Marie De Los Santos CL Carla Daniela Del Toro Laura S. Deleon MCL Allyson N. Desmond Dave Diaz Miriam Diaz Hector Dimas Kelly Marie Donez Edith Duran Felicia Marie Echavarria Maria Concepsion Eguia Aileen Encinia Rocio Marisol Escobar Melynda D. Escobedo Christopher Esparza Lexi N. Esparza CL Myra A. Espinoza Christopher De Guzman Estrellado MCL Pricilla Eye Frida Farstad Eriksson MCL Isabel Figueroa Abigail Flores SCL Annabel Flores Hector M. Flores Jose Dario Flores Miguel Flores Ricardo Jose Flores MCL Vilma Stephanie Flores Paula Margarita Foreman CL Fernando Fuentes Daniel G. Galvan Gabriel Miguel Galvan CL Veronica Gaona CL Adan A. Garcia Alejandro Esteban Garcia Ana K. Garcia Ariana A. Garcia CL Cindy D. Garcia Cristian D. Garcia Daniela Garcia Gabriela Garcia Gilberto A. Garcia Jennifer Roxanne Garcia Lizette Garcia Marco Garcia Oscar A. Garcia Ulysses Garcia CL Yamilex Garcia Celina Garcia Saldana Ana Teresa Garza Ariana E. Garza Carlos Humberto Garza Eric D. Garza Jacob Matthew Garza Jessica P. Garza Luis A. Garza Nohelia Garza Yanira Garza CL Sean Michael Gilpatrick Bianca M. Godinez Adrianeli D. Gomez Aleksi Itzel Gonzalez Amando Gonzalez Jr. Ana Gonzalez Christopher Michael Gonzalez Debanhi Patricia Gonzalez CL Fabian Daniel Gonzalez Fabiola Gonzalez MCL Ivan A. Gonzalez SCL Juan Carlos Gonzalez Jr. Kalyzza Shamrae Gonzalez

Nydia E. Gonzalez Sergio Gilberto Gonzalez Giovanna Paola Granados SCL Alan Guerra CL Daniel Alberto Guerra Yareli Guerra MCL Guillermo Guerrero Nicolas Guerrero Jr. MCL Yvette Guerrero Emma C. Guevara Kris Carlo Gutierrez Miguel Angel Gutierrez Bethany G. Guzman Jessica D. Guzman Natalie Jean Halcomb CL Nicolas Haro Ana Bertha Hernandez Amaris J. Hernandez Bianca L. Hernandez Daniela E. Hernandez Eduardo Ivan Hernandez Flor A. Hernandez Grecia Hernandez Jamie Lee Hernandez Joana Gabriela Hernandez Priscilla Hernandez MCL Victoria Hernandez Desirae J. Herrera Damon Kurt Hines CL Maria E. Hinojosa Robert Allen Hinojosa Judy R. Hovey SCL Isaac Ibarra Karina Ibarra Cynthia Yaneth Infante Veronica Jaramillo Xavier A. Jimenez Staverne J. Joseph Ali Khazanbeik Francisco M. Leal Jaime Ramiro Leal Violeta Leija Brenda M. Lopez Izari Anahi Lopez Miriam L. Lopez Sergio Lopez Maria Fernanda Lopez Rodriguez MCL Fabian Abelardo Lozano Francisco Lozano II Max T. Lozano Rosa A. Magana MCL John J. Malcom Alfonso Maldonado Jr. Brenda Jacqueline Marines MCL Nallely B. Marquez Sydney S. Marquez CL Gladys Marroquin CL Alexis D. Martinez Alondra V. Martinez Ashley Nicole Martinez Carlos Bogar Martinez Jr. Clarissa Nicole Martinez Eric Taylor Martinez Myrna E. Martinez Patricia G. Martinez Pechis M. Martinez Vanessa K. Martinez SCL Bianca G. Medina Selena N. Medina David Medrano CL Perla Margarita Melendez SCL Cristina Mendez CL Brenda I. Mendiola Estrella Mendiola Valery Sofia Meza

Jennifer Millan MCL Andre C. Mireles Jonathan Timothy Mitchell Bojana Mitrovic CL Wendy Odette Moctezuma Nadia Molina MCL Sheila Adilene Moncayo Valeria Montes Jose Montoya Jr. Juan Mora II Roger Morales Jr. Ciclan Enedith Moreno David Munoz David Munoz Francisco G. Munoz Graciela Munoz Sehila Araceli Murillo Brianna A. Navarro Haley Ann Needham Jesus Nevarez Maria G. Neyra Christopher M. Noe Melissa Nunez Samuel E. Nunez SCL Daniel A. Olivares Valerie M. Olivares Daniel Olivarez Jr. Krystal Oliveira Karla E. Olvera MCL Kevin S. Orr Patricia A. Ortiz SCL Arahys N. Ortiz Yanes Israel Ozuna Christy Janet Padilla-Ornelas Stephanie Palacios Gloria Nicole Payes Francis I. Pedraza Natalie Pedroza Jose A. Pena Jr. Jose Eduardo Pena Mariana Fernanda Pena Jesus E. Pina Juan Diego Pina Hernandez CL Deanna L. Pollard MCL Alvaro Pulido III CL Ana Victoria Ramirez Angelica Ramirez Brenda Jeanette Ramirez Claudia Herlinda Ramirez Lauren R. Ramirez CL Misael Ramirez Raul Ramirez Jr. Alyssa J. Ramos CL Elisa Rangel Blanca Crystal Rendon Rosalinda Rendon CL Jocelyn Resendez SCL Jose J. Reta CL Sylvia Marie Reta Abdiel Isai Reyes Loren Cheyenne Reyes Amanda Reyna Bertha C. Reyna Norma A. Rico CL Veronica G. Rico Brenda E. Rincon Marleen Rivera Patrick R. Roberts Bianca M. Rocha SCL Carolina Rocha Alexa D. Rodriguez Ana Lisa Rodriguez CL Angel Rodriguez Angelina Rodriguez Celeste Rodriguez

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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Gabriela Salinas Laura P. San Juan Cynthia Melissa Sanchez Dora L. Sanchez CL Raul Sanchez Sanjuanita R. Sandoval Anthony Michael SanMiguel Ebony S. Sauceda Michael J. Schlater MCL Omar F. Segovia Alyssa D. Segura Linda E. Segura Anissa M. Sepulveda MCL Mireya D. Severns CL Toni Maria Leanna Sheppard Christina Marie Silva Josephine Soto Vanessa Soto Lewis D. Stallworth IV

Emanuel Rodriguez Irene Rodriguez Isabel Rodriguez Joshua Rodriguez MCL Juan A. Rodriguez Karina Rodriguez Rafael Rodriguez Jr. Vanessa J. Rodriguez Alfredo Herrera Rojas Yisselda Rojas Dania B. Ruiz CL Jacklyn Nichole Ruiz Brandon David Saenz Valeria Ivon Saenz Mizael E. Salazar Olivia A. Salazar CL Vivian Salazar Nick J. Saldana SCL Eduardo Salinas Jr.

Christina Lynn Velasquez Mayeli Vidal Mary Angela Vidaurri CL Karla Villanueva MCL Angelina Rae Villarreal Arlet I. Villarreal MCL Jose Angel Villarreal Jr. Cesar H. Villegas SCL Valerie Villegas Ashlyn M. Wall Xavier Alvaro Yepez Evelyn Zamarripa SCL Alisha Elizabeth Zapata Jesus M. Zapata Linda S. Zavala Nayeli Zenteno

Corina Steinborn James Stockton III SCL Christopher J. Stubbs Arijana I. Suzich Ignacio Toshiaki Tejada CL Roberto Tobias SCL Alejandro Torres Jr. Oneyda J. Trevino Pedro A. Trevino Jr. Stephanie Trevino Esmeralda Turrubiates Juan C. Vacio Carlos Alberto Valerio Silvya Andrea Valverde Israel Vasquez Sylvia Ann Vasquez Amanda L. Vega Jessica Lee Vega Flor A. Vela

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION Jacob Benito La Follette MCL Steven M. Masso

Jesus A. Sanchez Esai O. Torres

Maythe A. Villarreal Juan Manuel Zamora

BACHELOR OF GENERAL STUDIES Daniel Ryan Cruz Alfredo Victor Garcia

Dan Sorozo Manzi Kimasa Priscilla Rada

Daiquiri M. Rodriguez Adonis Jean Paul Rwabigwi

BACHELOR OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Lilia Jean Alvear Daphne Nye Archer CL Rubenia L. Ayala Emily R. Azubell SCL Traci Lynn Brown Kassandra Crystal Contreras Adeline Cornejo

Nicholas Dixon Rose Marie Escovedo Fred Robert Gonzalez Robert Guajardo Jr. Alyssa A. Hernandez Annaleah Lozano Liliana D. Maya

Laura Marie McGuire MCL Adrian Molina Kassandra V. Moncivais Itzel Munoz Adam Lee Nieto Bartolo Perez III Christopher Michael Perry SCL

Olivia L. Quantz Ana Yaressy Romero MCL Andrea Salinas-Gonzalez MCL Jessica Torres Mario Alberto Varela Angelica Maria Zambrano

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Esa Petteri Aalto SCL Rebecca Ann Abete Abraham Guadalupe Aguilera Isabel Guadalupe Aguirre MCL Michael Kris Alaniz CL Eleny Alcocer Jose A. Alonzo CL Kimberly Avila Yahaira Baeza Juan F. Balcazar Aileen Barcenas Davina Angel Bauman Angie Benavides Stephanie Borjas Abigail Lynn Briales Yammylex T. Bueno CL Omar Cantu Osvaldo Cantu Jr. Nancy D. Carlson Alejandra Castillo Brandon A. Castillo Brenda Cathelin Castillo CL Crystal Lee Castro Karina Cervantes MCL Reshma E. Chittilapilly Edgar Estuardo Cordon Jr. Robert R. Cordonier III Joann Cuevas Priscilla De Hoyos Romina Duarte Delgado MCL Selina Duverney Ashley N. Edmundson

Issela M. Elizondo Karla Alexa Escobedo Leslie Espinosa SCL Chloe B. Flores Denise Yvette Flores Mariela Flores Rachel Leeanne Flores MCL Alyssa N. Garcia CL Maria Natividad Garcia Victoria Garcia Gabriela Garza Juan Javier Garza Adrian Gonzalez Alexis Q. Gonzalez Kassandra Elaine Gonzalez Luis T. Gonzalez Victoria I. Gonzalez CL Cassandra Lynn Graham Daniela A. Guardiola MCL Arlette C. Guerrero Esmeralda Guevara MCL Karina Gutierrez Melissa Y. Gutierrez Sanjuanita Karina Gutierrez CL Sarah Dana Gutierrez Diana Hernandez MCL Margarita Hernandez Alexis Herrera Stephanie Hinojosa John Michael Hoffman Traci D. Holland MCL Iris Iracheta

Priscilla A. Lambarri Alexandria Olivia Leal Irene S. Lorenzo Angel F. Lozano Marlene Maldonado Pedro Mares III Amber D. Martinez Efrain Martinez Kevin Martinez Mariela Odette Martinez Orwell Saint Kenyat Maylor Karen L. Mayorga Magdalena C. McKula CL Edoardo Mena SCL Bernardo Mercado Jr. CL Liza Marie Molina CL Mark A. Molina Leticia G. Montiel Stephanie Muniz Alexandria C. Munoz Abigail Nunez-Saenz SCL Nataly Olivares Mayra Alejandra Olmos CL Alejandro Ortiz Jr. CL Humberto Paz Victor Manuel Pena Jr. Ernesto F. Pequeno Keyla Yetcel Perez Lilibeth Pesina Avalos Anna Jocelin Prado SCL Nydia L. Preciado Greisi Y. Ramirez CL

Selena Janet Ramirez Kayla Ann Ramos Crisalida G. Rentas Ashley Reyes Cheyenne Reyes Perla D. Reyna Daniel J. Rodriguez Katalina I. Rodriguez MCL Mayanin Rosa Gladis I. Ruiz Daisy Yamileth Saenz SCL Laura Irma Saenz Paola Salazar MCL Michelle Salgado Larissa Salinas Melinda L. Sanchez Jacqueline Santos Noar Khaled Shuaib MCL Chelsy D. Tamez Andy U. Torres Alejandro Valera Anaysse Vasquez Maria C. Vazquez Estefani L. Veliz Vanessa Vera Ali E. Villarreal Armando Villarreal Genesis Villegas CL Mauricio A. Yanez Marisa I. Zavala

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Cornelio Aguilar III Jack Alaniz Jr. Amencio Alejandro Almanza CL Jacqueline O. Alonzo John Alvarez Jr. CL Martin A. Araujo Ignahely Barajas Mendez Diego Manuel Barreiro Francisco Javier Barrera Jr. Jacklyn Dianne Barrera David A. Barron Brianna L. Bautista MCL Jada Zoe Benavides Sarah J. Bowden Alejandro Buentello Selene Calderon Oscar J. Campos Jr. Christina Caroline Cantu Cindy Y. Cantu MCL Cristal Cantu Kevin E. Cantu Florencia E. Capetillo Emmanuel Cardenas Jairo A. Cardenas CL Irasema Cardoza Abigail A. Carrejo Kimberly Pamela Carriedo Jose Guadalupe Casares Jr. Christopher Castaneda Joe Daniel Castilleja Jesus J. Castillo Gabriela Castorena Ray Cavazos Ricardo Cepeda Arlette Judith Chapa CL Luis Fernando Chavarria Abigail Chavero Cassandra M. Clemons Luis D. Cuellar Mayra Alejandra Cuevas CL Jennifer De La Rosa Erica Ann De Leon Jose G. De Leon Jr. Marcos De Los Reyes Jr. Erika Janeth Dehoyos Anthony J. Elizondo Clarissa Flores Jesus H. Flores Ricardo Flores CL Wendolin Flores Raymundo Fuentes Jr. Derek A. Galvan CL Janette Galvez Cesar Equiterio Gamboa

Daniel U. Garcia Erika Garcia Guadalupe Garcia Jacob Garcia Jose Orlando Garcia Josue Abraham Garcia Martin Garcia Salvador Garcia Frankie Garza Gregorio Garza Jr. Jesus Garza III CL Joel Garza Sergio A. Garza MCL Thelma Garza Javier Abraham Garza Rodriguez Irene Godinez Alcantar Claribel D. Gonzalez Jaime Rene Gonzalez Jr. Orlando Gonzalez CL Ylaesli Guajardo Felicia A. Guerra Francisco Mateo Guerra Kassandra R. Guerra Martin A. Gutierrez Miguel A. Gutierrez Jr. Hermila I. Guzman Jorge E. Guzman Kayla C. Hernandez Leonardo L. Hernandez Victoria L. Hernandez Yazmin Hernandez Kaylee A. Hillis CL Maria G. Hinojosa Raul Ibarra Alvaro A. Islas Elizabeth Jaquez Gamboa Cristina A. Johnson SCL Alyssa Marie Leal Noe Leal Jr. Ricardo Leal Jr. Selina Ledezma Veronica Reyes Leos Lashawn Acosta Leyva San Juana Loera MCL Esteban Lomas II Armando Lopez Jr. Edgar Lopez Irma Lopez Jaime Alberto Lopez Jennifer Lopez CL Samantha J. Lopez Naomi N. Lucio Brando U. Lujan Sergio A. Luna

Cindy Mares John C. Marroquin Carlos A. Marrujo Celina C. Martinez Flor S. Martinez Alexandro Mata Samantha Medina Michelle Mendez Nicolas J. Mendez Esmeralda M. Mendoza Jorge E. Mendoza Hector Mireles Jr. Angelica Molina Miguel Angel Monforte Jacquelyn Rose Morales Roy Morales Sandra Morales Victor Morales Aissa J. Morin Evelyn E. Morin MCL Hanss Mujica Luis D. Munoz Rene A. Munoz Jacob O. Navarro Jordan F. Navarro MCL Alejandra A. Normendez Mario Alberto Nunez Jr. Kathya Ochoa Silvia I. Olivares Jessica Olivo Omar Olvera Ana Gabriel Ornelas CL Aritza Dannettie Ortiz MCL Estephanie A. Oviedo San Juanita E. Pacheco Carlos A. Pacheco Lopez Alexis Pena Rolando Pena Jr. Anthony Perez Roman Perez Stephanie Lynn Perez Kassaundra Quintanilla Euseah J. Ramientos Bernardo Ramirez Jr. Eric O. Ramirez Ruben M. Ramos Abigail Torres Resendez Patricia Reyes CL Roxanne Reyes Ashley Marie Reyna MCL Eduardo Rios Jose Olegario Rios II Pedro A. Rivera Alexis Ernesto Rodriguez

Jesus Rodriguez Jr. Jose Francisco Rodriguez Jr. CL Kevin A. Rodriguez Makayla J. Rodriguez MCL Pedro Alfonso Rodriguez Emily M. Rubio Servando Ruiz Diana L. Salazar Stephen Ray Salazar Anakaren Saldana Brittany Ashley Salinas Dario I. Salinas Eugenio Salinas Jr. Julio Cesar Sanchez MCL Luis Ernesto Sanchez Mark Anthony Sanchez Seleise L. Sanchez CL Stephanie Sanchez Zoraida Liliana Sanchez Derek Charles Sauceda MCL Rebecca L. Sepulveda Adalberto Silva Jr. Jovanni R. Solis CL Luis A. Solis Oralia Solis Arnulfo Soto CL Crystal E. Thompson Nelson Alan Tippetts Cameron C. Torres Juan D. Torres MCL Mashio R. Torres Priscilla L. Torres Rosa Velia Torres CL Saul Torres Natalie Trejo Juan Patricio Trevino Jr. Kevin Valencia Edgar Enrique Vasquez Mariela Vela Julio Giancarlo Vidales Luis Armando Vigil Ashley Marie Villarreal Bethany V. Villarreal Filiberto Villarreal MCL Priscilla Villarreal Troy M. Villarreal Victor Oziel Villarreal Kimberly Villelda Jorge G. Zamorano Rogelio Zavala CL S.J. Belen Zavala CL

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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MASTER OF SCIENCE Daniel Alexander Alder Caleb Michael Mand Arellano Maximiliano Barbosa Evan Bare Sofy G. Barocio Valeria Marlene Casas Laura M. Chavez Tiffany Caitlin Cogan Victor Eric Michael Fanniel Raziel I. Flores

Mariaolga Floyd Edith Garcia Diego Fernando Gonzalez Glenn E. Grissom Heather Marie Hernandez Ernesto Herrera Hassan Kesserwani Brenda Leal Trinity Livingston Kayleen Renee Loch

Ashley Nicole Longoria Ramiro Lopez Madeline Marshall Alejandro Martinez Flor Alicia Martinez Marivel Martinez Marco A. Martinez Cruz Nancy Abigail Obregon Nareg Ohannesian Samuel Glenn Ortiz

Viviana Trevino Felicia Vazquez Ivan A. Velasco Adam Dennis Wiejaczka Kristina Olga Frances Williams

Heather Otte Tahyra Marie Resto Jonathan Ross Rodriquez Wendy Lee Rogers Cristina Saldana Lilia Sanchez Agapito Serrato III Samantha Marie Silvestri Laura Gabriela Tamez Andrea Tellez Silva

(Nobel Laureate S. Chandraeskhar Graduate Award)

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Moldir Rzadinkyzy Baimurat

Americo F. Hinojosa Lee

Zhanerke Turymtay

BACHELOR OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Dulce O. Garcia

Jesus C. Gonzalez CL

Byanca L. Guajardo

Jonathan Albert Inman

Emerie R. Sanchez

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Hadil R. Aboujamous CL Christian Thomas Abraham CL Jazmine A. Adame Jessica G. Adame Brianna Renee Adriana Faith Aguilar Lucero Alanis Sasha Ruby Alegria MCL Ashley N. Aleman Estefania Alexandre CL Claudia Annel Almaraz Gabriel M. Alvarado Mariana Alvarado Mee-Lai Candie Wong Alvarado SCL Robert Alvarado Jennifer Alvarez John Jacob Alvarez Marian A. Anabila Abraham Arenas Sonia Atkinson Ashley J. Aubin Leslie Avendano Guadalupe Aviles Jabeth Azpeitia Samantha J. Balboa MCL Kimberly J. Balderas Jaira V. Barcelona Rene Barrientos CL Alex C. Basdeo SCL Cesar Augusto Bautista MCL Jaqueline Becerra CL Maria D. Benitez Luis Alfredo Bernuy Pantoja CL Nashra R. Bodoraya MCL Luis L. Buentello Jr. CL Brittany A. Bunag SCL

Kristoffer Alexander Bury MCL Daniela Cabrales Francisco Cabrera Oshanna Marie Cabriales CL Pedro Cahue Marcia Calderon Rochelle Anne Rolloque Calderon Evelyn Camacho Kazmir-Dae Campos Erica I. Canales Humberto Artemio Canales III Johnmarc M. Candelaria Alejandra Cantu Alyssa Cantu Karen Cantu Stephanie Cantu MCL Alberto Cantua SCL Charles Allen Cartwright Sarah M. Carvajal Darlene Roxanne Castillo Ymica Yazmin Castillo Jessica Castro Krystal Cavazos CL Raechel O. Cedillo CL Nerio G. Celaya Julio Esteban Cerroblanco Reyna C. Chavez Mary Grace K. Chiu SCL Arthur J. Cohen CL Sarah C. Cortez Cassandra Magen Cosay Mora Angelica E. Countryman MCL Marco A. Cruz Victoria Marie Cruz CL Karina Aleida De La Cruz Alma R. De La Mora

Sherry I. De La Rosa MCL Artemio De Leon MCL Kathryn Elise De Leon CL Alyssa A. Deleon Alexis A. Delgado CL Fabiola Doria MCL Alexis Echavarria CL Alondra N. Echeverria CL Mary Anna Arlene Elliott Ontiveros SCL Karina A. Escamilla Alyssa R. Estrada Eileen Estrada Joseph Paul Estrada Omar A. Estrada Claudia Beatriz Fernandez Abigail Flores Desiree Marie Flores Hugo Flores Javier Aaron Flores Jr. MCL Michael Aaron Flores CL Paloma B. Flores CL Megan Elizabeth Francis MCL Giovanna Crystal Fuentes Antonio Galvan SCL Cynthia Marie Galvan San Juanita R. Galvan Aimee Guadalupe Garcia MCL Annabel Garcia CL Briana Lee Garcia Clara A. Garcia George Garcia Joccelyn Garcia Jose Adriel Garcia Kiana A. Garcia Magaly Garcia Maraya Lee Garcia MCL

Nathan Ezekiel Garcia Rebekah Shiloh Garcia CL Rene Garcia Jr. Ricardo David Garcia Ruiz Santos Noe Garcia Stephanie Giovanna Garcia Andrea Y. Garza Ashley D. Garza Brianna Nicole Garza SCL Christy Jacquelin Garza Claudette E. Garza Diana Garza Leonel Garza Jr. MCL Mary Helen Garza Paulina Alexandra Garza Victor Hugo Garza Ylissa Ylen Garza Chelsea Gerlicki SCL Javier M. Gomez MCL Saida Margarita Gomez Brenda Verenisse Gonzales MCL Carlos Alberto Gonzales Eliberto Gonzales III Antonio Gonzalez Briana Lenae Gonzalez Brianna Alyssa Gonzalez Clarissa Marie Gonzalez Daisy V. Gonzalez CL Flor E. Gonzalez Gabriel R. Gonzalez CL Hugo A. Gonzalez Jr. SCL Jessica Aileen Gonzalez MCL Oscar Gonzalez Jr. SCL Samantha A. Gonzalez MCL Victoria T. Gonzalez MCL Antonella Maria Gracia

Summa Cum Laude (SCL) – 3.9-4.0 grade point average • Magna Cum Laude (MCL) – 3.7-3.89 grade point average • Cum Laude (CL) – 3.5-3.69 grade point average


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COLLEGE OF SCIENCES Philip Joseph Grossweiler V SCL Serrina-Jo S. Guerra Margarita Guevara Tanvi Gupta SCL Fernanda L. Gutierrez SCL John David Gutierrez Sarah Elizabeth Guzman MCL Andres Alberto De Jesus Hernandez Jr. Daniel A. Hernandez SCL Valeria Hernandez Bryan Hernandez Lira CL Armando Herrera III Jessica Denise Herrera Leetoria Hinojosa Sofia G. Hinojosa MCL Jessica Yvonne Huffvillarreal Amrutha Immadi SCL Jason Aaron Jaworowski Christopher Scott Johnston MCL Ameera M. Khan MCL Miranda Lauren Krafka George Joseph Lamb MCL Karen Belinda Leal Samantha Liana Leal Daffne S. Lopez Myrna Patricia Lopez Ruby Alejandra Lopez Valeria Lopez MCL Vanessa Lopez CL Jose E. Lopez Garcia SCL Karen Lopez Villarreal Jeanette Adriana Lozano Maricela Lozano Juan Ricardo Luna Alfredo Joel Macias Jeniffer S. Maldonado Valerie King Mancha Eduardo Marquez Karina L. Marquez Arturo Javier Martinez Jr. Celine Elizabeth Martinez Cristian Martinez Lili M. Martinez Lizette Martinez Viviana Heyli Martinez Sergio Mata Bianca Medrano Aditi R. Mehta MCL Daisy M. Mendez CL Miguel Mendoza Rukiya K. Michel MCL

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Ashley Roschell Miller Jonathan Mireles CL Daniel Montes Jr. Rosendo R. Morin Lucia Murguia George Daniel Navarrete Juan A. Navarro Amanda Thi Nguyen CL Ryan G. Ninal Jaime G. Noyola Alina O’Connor Victoria L. Olivares Ramiro Oquita CL Eduardo Orozco Jr. Oziel Eliud Ortiz Robert Stanley Otken CL Shahin Owji SCL Shayan Owji SCL Jacqueline Palacios Neepa Patel SCL Porfirio A. Pelaez Christian Pena SCL Erika D. Pena Jose L. Pena Noah E. Pena CL Mark A. Pena-Agudelo Biance B. Perez Cesar Perez Isaac Perez Joshua Carl Perez CL Maria G. Perez CL Victoria Jade Perez Zachary Charles Perez Basilio Pesina Linda Phung Leopoldo E. Posada SCL Christopher Damone Potter Carlos Ivan Prishker MCL Hector G. Quintanilla Jr. MCL Amanda C. Ramirez Arianna V. Ramirez MCL Josue E. Ramirez Karla C. Ramirez Magaly Ramirez MCL Marcela Cristina Ramirez CL Raisa Selena Ramirez CL Roberto Alonzo Ramirez III SCL Yareny Lizeth Ramirez Frank Ramirez Jr. MCL Emily Dalilah Ramos CL Muhammad Sulaiman Rashid

Tomas M. Ream SCL Michelle Rendon Rene Resendez Rodriguez Karina Reyna Ricardo Reyna Jr. MCL Dennis J. Richards MCL Ivette P. Rivera Laura Paola Rivera Hector Sebastian Rivera-Marrero CL Amanda Leigh Roberson Lesley Robles CL Christopher D. Rock SCL Brenda Bernice Rodriguez Cristobal Rodriguez Derek J. Rodriguez Eduardo Rodriguez CL Hector Manuel Rodriguez Jr. CL Jacquelin Rodriguez MCL Miguel A. Rodriguez SCL Stephanie Lynn Rodriguez SCL Mariana Rojas Diana Laura Romero Jaione Rosagaray Daniel Ruiz Tess C. Ruiz MCL Alexis Saenz Kendra R. Saenz Celestino Salazar Jr. Erick Salazar Sergio Saldana Jr. Gabriela A. Salinas Jennifer Salinas Jose Lazaro Salinas Maria J. Salinas Melissa Y. Salinas MCL Ramiro Salinas III MCL Stephanie Salinas Emilia Edith Sanchez Erick B. Sanchez SCL Vanessa Sanchez SCL Yazmin Elizabeth Sanchez Jeanette A. Sandoval Diego I. Segura SCL Adriana G. Serna Meredith Serna Kelsey A. Setien Omar Shariff Aaron Silva CL Genesis Daniela Silva Sandra Silva Vanessa L. Silva

Amrita Singh CL Allyson N. Smith CL Jeanne S. Son MCL Arturo Soto Sara M. Stubbs MCL Andrey Stukopin MCL Michelle Suarez MCL Victoria A. Sumerlin CL Deepti Surampudi MCL Sergio Talavera MCL Saul B. Tamez CL Joseph Andrew Tenorio Mimosa C. Thomas MCL Brandon Steven Tiu Michael David Toney CL German Esau Torres Perez Arturo Torres Pina SCL Ly Tran Rolando Trejo Joshua N. Trevino CL Chelsea D. Tuttle Gabriela Urbina SCL Luis Alberto Uribe SCL Jessica Urrecha Erica N. Valdes SCL Danielle Valdez Jose E. Valdez III CL Perla Y. Valdez Alyssa J. Valladares Darryn M. Vasquez SCL Samuel Rolando Vega Adan Vega Zaragoza Jasmine Vela CL Yesenia Velasquez MCL Johana G. Velez Edgar I. Vicencio Ulises Genaro Vidaurri Romero Bryan Villanueva Hector Rogelio Villarreal Jr. CL Ileana G. Villarreal Selena Marie Villarreal CL Cecilia Villegas Juan Villela Rueben Wisdom Bina Yarlagadda MCL Bindu Yarlagadda MCL Adam Hassan Yazji Corina N. Zamora Emily J. Zamora CL Nicole Zarate Manuel Zavala

GRADUATE COLLEGE DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS Eluterio Blanco College of Health Affairs Mexican American Counselor and Client: Perceptions Toward Substance Use Disorders Committee Chair: Dr. Eva Miller Mary Mann Endress College of Education and P-16 Integration Exploring Experienced Educators’ Perspectives on Teacher Professional Development: Potential Implications for English Language Learners Committee Chair: Dr. Sandra Musanti Leila Lorena Flores-Torres College of Health Affairs Cultural Awareness: Latino Perceptions in a Multicultural Counseling Course Committee Chair: Dr. Jerome Fischer Jessica Daniell Hruska College of Education and P-16 Integration Investigating Faculty Perceptions of Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPaCK) at a Newly Established University Committee Chair: Dr. Karin Lewis

Maria L. Mendez College of Education and P-16 Integration In- And Out-Of-School Literacy Practices of Student Refugees: A Cross-Case Analysis in a South Texas Middle School Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Diaz Jennifer Mendoza College of Education and P-16 Integration Hispanic Male Self-Efficacy and its Effect on Persistence Committee Chair: Dr. Shirley J. Mills and Dr. Karen Watt Andrew Perez College of Health Affairs Multicultural Counselor Supervision and Perceived Differences on Client Outcome Committee Chair: Dr. Jerome Fischer Gonzalo Salazar College of Education and P-16 Integration An Autoethnographic Exploration of the Professional and the Person: A Life’s Journey of a Hispanic Superintendent in South Texas Committee Chair: Dr. Francisco Guajardo

Manish Sharma College of Health Affairs Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Persons with Schizophrenia Among Hispanic University Students Enrolled in Mental Health and Non-Mental Health-Related Programs Committee Chair: Dr. Eva Miller Edith Trevino College of Education and P-16 Integration Teaching and Living in La Frontera: Teacher Perceptions of Mexican Immigrant Students’ Lived Experiences with Border Violence Committee Chair: Dr. Laura Jewett Andre Coelho Vianna Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship Three Essays on Economic and Financial Development in Latin America: Evidence from the 2000s Commodity Boom Committee Chair: Dr. Andre Mollick


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GRADUATE THESES Daniel A. Alder School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences Another Brick in the Mud: Investigating the Impact of Small Low-Profile Artificial Patch Reefs on Juvenile Reef Fish Recruitment and Implications for Adaptive Fisheries Management Maximiliano Barbosa Department of Biology Spatial and Temporal Trends in Diet for Pinfish (Lagodon Rhomboides) from Turtle Grass (Thalassia Testudinum) Beds with Contrasting Environmental Regimes in the Lower Laguna Madre, Texas

Delilah M. Farias Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies An Examination of the Queer, the Macho, and the Ambiguous Male in Arturo Islas’s The Rain God

Ivon N. Ramirez Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders The Effects of Dance Therapy on Voice in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease in a Multicultural Population

Priscilla Leigh Flores Department of Communication Social Media’s Influence on Political Communication: A Content Analysis of Donald Trump’s Tweets in the First 100 Days of His Presidency

Maria Fernanda Rincon Recio Department of Human Development and School Services Early Childhood Teacher’s Perception of Their School’s Principal Leadership and the Effect on Self-Efficacy and Student Achievement

Juan Flores Jr. Creative Writing Program When Angels Cry Tears of Moonshine

Iliana Rodriguez School of Art Culturality and Sentiments: A Visual Paradox of a Modern Hispanic Woman

Evan Bare Department of Biology Genetic Diversity, Non-Invasive Detection, and Regional Distribution of the Black-Spotted Newt (Notophthalmus Meridionalis)

Homero Gonzalez Department of Mechanical Engineering Multifunctional Carbon Systems (Interlaminated Carbon Nanofiber Mats/ Carbon Nanotues Polymer Composites)

Martin A. Botello Department of Mechanical Engineering Superharmonic Resonance of Second Order for Electrostatically Actuated MEMS

Alan Lee Jones Department of Mechanical Engineering Improving Thermal-Hydraulic Performance of Flat-Tube Louver-Fin Heat Exchangers by Eliminating Louver-Gap Condensate Bridges

Rolando A. Botello Department of Psychological Science Reanalyzing the Activity Anorexia Protocol Using an Addiction Theory

Hassan Kesserwani School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences The Mathematical Aspects of Theoretical Physics

Marven Calagos Department of Electrical Engineering Buffer Controlled Cache for Low Power Multicore Processors Annette M. Cano Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Increasing Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Law Enforcement in Hispanic Communities Esmeralda Castillo Department of Psychological Science Roller Derby as a Form of Self-Empowerment: An Examination of Female Athletes’ Resilience to Intimate Partner Violence Valerie Ann Cerda School of Interdisciplinary Programs and Community Engagement Hocicona, Contestona, y Repelona Fabian Chavarria School of Art My Culture Art in the Healing Action David De La Garza Department of Mechanical Engineering Antimicrobial Properties and Characterization of Polymer/ Composite Nanofibers Cesar Leonardo De Leon Creative Writing Program Quetzalcoatl in Aisle 5 and Other Poemas Norma Denae Dibrell Department of Writing and Language Studies How Do We Teach All Students in Monolingual Classrooms? A Study of Transfer and Translingualism Eric Escamilla Department of Psychological Science The Relationship Between Acculturative Stress, Rumination, Anxiety Sensitivity, and Suicide in Latino/a College Students Eric Scott Fagan Department of Communication The Impact Participation in School Actvities, Events and Organizations has on the Veterans’ Ability to Assimilate to Campus Culture Victor Eric Michael Fanniel Department of Biology Metabolic Dysregulation: An Investigation of the Role Of Foxo3 in Gluconeogenesis in Pten-Null Glioblastomas

Jesus Lopez Creative Writing Program My War and What Came After Madeline Marshall Department of Biology Progress and Potential of Two Biological Control Agents of the Invasive Giant Reed (Arundo Donax L.) Marivel Martinez Department of Chemistry Functionalized Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles Used in the Filtration of Water with the Focus on the Trace Element as in 2 Species: As (III) and As (V) Marco A. Martinez Cruz Department of Biology Species Delimitation Among Southeastern U.S. Oxyloma (Gastropoda: Succineidae) Shaun Martin Mccrory Department of Writing and Language Studies Divided by a Common Language: A Comparative Study of University Bilingual Language Policy in the UTRGV Texas and the UPF Barcelona

Jesus David Rodriguez Department of Computer Science Simplification of EEG Signal Extraction, Processing, and Classification Using a Consumer-Grade Headset to Facilitate Student Engagement in BCI Research Astrid Rodriguez Department of Mechanical Engineering Fibers for Skin Regeneration Alexandra Rosas Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathologist’s Perspectives on the Efficacy of Bilingual Education Programs in South Texas Public Schools For English as a Second Language Learners Joshua James Schmitz School of Art Client-Driven Creation & Professional Patterns in Modern Design: A Case Study of One Vanderbilt Avenue Agapito Serrato Department of Chemistry Experimental and Computational Studies in Rotation and Proton Tunneling in Organic Molecules and Dimers Christine Gonzales Severn Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies Representations of Mental Health in Young Adult Literature: A Cultural Analysis of Patient, Practitioner and Population Jonathan Solis Creative Writing Program Eyes that Shut Forever Deidra Denise Tafolla Department of Bilingual and Literacy Studies Underrepresentation of Latino Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

Patricia D. Mejorado Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Transitioning Adults from a Tube-Feeding to an Oral Feeding in Long-Term Care Facilities

Andrea Tellez Silva Department of Physics Design and Characterization of an Affordable Laser Communication System

Nareg Ohannesian Department of Physics Magnetic Polymer Composite as a Thermosensitive Agent for Induced Hyperthermia

Gabriel Jorge Torres Creative Writing Program In a World Filled with Meursault, Please be a Gatsby

Marlee Olivarez Department of Sociology and Anthropology Family Influences and Its Effects on Completion of Postsecondary Education Among Hispanics

Alejandra B. Valdez Department of Mechanical Engineering Forcespinning of Metal Oxides and Metal Sulfides and Their Applications as Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion and Sodium-Ion Batteries

Samuel Glenn Ortiz School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences Interactions Between Urban Habitat Attributes and Community Gardens, and Their Influence on Urban Bird Diversity

Jahaziel Villarreal Department of Mechanical Engineering The Use of Mixed Organic/Ionic Liquid Electrolytes with Forcespun Metal Oxides/Carbon Microfiber Electrodes in Lithium Ion Batteries

Heather Otte Department of Biology A Phylogeographic Analysis of Black Coral (Antipathidae) on Artificial and Natural Reefs in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico

Mark Anthony Zavala Creative Writing Program The Taming of the Bull - A Thesis by Mark Zavala

Jiovanna Lee Perez Creative Writing Program Poison and Monsters


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HONORS COLLEGE Mary Grace Chiu Andrea De Santiago Aguilar Christian Hanks Amrutha Immadi Ameera Khan

Ofelia Alonso Abraham Arenas Iyla Bagheri Jaqueline Becerra Brittany Bunag

Tanvi Gupta Tavania Nino Jimena Rivera Jacqueline Rodriguez Melissa Salinas

Mimosa Thomas Anelis Villarreal Bina Yarlagadda Bindu Yarlagadda

Jeanne Son Sara Stubbs Deepti Surampudi Brandon Tiu Cerin Tomson

HONOR SOCIETIES ALPHA KAPPA DELTA: THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY Sergio Moore Jr. Samuel Nuñez

Victoria Requenez Gabriel Rodriguez

Andy Solis Maria Valdez

ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS Kimberly Balderas Oshanna Marie Cabriales Michelle Antonieta Cavazos Frida Farstad Eriksson

Gabriel R. Gonzalez Sarah Elizabeth Guzman Leetoria Hinojosa Amrutha Immadi

Karla Olvera Anisa Perez Beatriz Adriana Perez Tomas Ream

Julissa M. Rios Daniel Ruiz Eduardo Sepulveda, Jr. Kelsey Setien

Jeanne Son Alexia Trevino Jasmine Vela

GOLDEN KEY INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Lucia Aguilar Estefania Alexandre Gloria Isela Almaguer Ayari Cantu

Alondra Echeverria Daisy Gonzalez Nicolas Haro Clarissa Lopez

Pamela Perez Nerida Ramirez Ana Romero Maria Salmonson

Jessica Sandoval Deidra Tafolla Juan Tellez Jasmine Vela

KAPPA DELTA PI INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY IN EDUCATION Vanessa Cavazos

Laura Freitag

Yesica Martinez

Jessica Pompa

Deidra Tafolla

LAMBDA ALPHA - ANTHROPOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY Makayla Canales

Ana T. Garza

Lesley Robles

Arijana Suzich

PHI ALPHA MU HONOR SOCIETY Melinda Garza

Stephanie Ann Leal

Ana Karen Rodriguez

McKensey Samsen

Lucinda Wong

PI ALPHA ALPHA, THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATION Yovana Acuna Jason Archer Andres Chavez Juan Garcia

Sylvia Garza Miriam Moutain Vanessa Naylor Marisa Ramirez

John H. Riggs II Alicia Riley Stephanie Rojas Roland Sanchez

Megan Shaw Mauricio Trevino Alex Villarreal Irma Zuniga

PSI CHI INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY Isabel Guadalupe Aguirre Jose Alonzo Yammylex Bueno Michelle Castillo Reshma Chittilapilly

Abigail Flores Alyssa Nicole Garcia Fabiola Gonzalez Esmeralda Guevara Natalie Halcomb

Amber Doreen Martinez Magdalena McKula Abigail Nunez-Saenz Krystal Oliveira Keyla Perez

Anna Prado Thomas Ream Paola Salazar Jessica Rose Sanchez Andy Torres

SIGMA DELTA PI, NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HISPANIC HONOR SOCIETY Tomas Alanis Gloria Almaguer Maricela Alvarez Leticia Chapa de Castro Neyda De la Fuente Celina Garcia Cindy Garcia

Maria Garcia Alan Guerra Joseph Gutierrez Bethany Guzman Paula Foreman Alice Hernandez Grecia Hernandez

Alejandra Ibarra Larissa Marin Myrna Martinez David Medrano Natalie Pedroza Brenda Ramirez Rosalinda Rendon

Blanca Rendon Cecy Rodriguez Irene Rodriguez Nick John Saldana Erendira Santillana Mireya Severns Karla Villanueva


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SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OF NURSING Judith A. Almaguer Jacqueline Alvarez Mayra Derupe Alondra Franco Mindy Garces Gayle M. García Diego A. Garza Kristan Nicole Garza Roberto Garza Shania C. Garza Tabatha Garza Luz Gonzalez

David A. Guerra Maria Hernandez Tirza L. Hernandez Sylvia C. Ingram Jason C. Krentz Lauren N. López Priscila D. López Ayana V. Lozares Patricia C. Luístro Luz Angelique Madrazo Itzél G. Márquez Arely Martinez

Isaacc Nino Adebusola Olofinlade Iván Olvera Eduardo E. Pérez Rebekah Neil Pimentél Tanya Ramírez Patrisha Ramos Graciela G. Rodríguez Juan J. Rodríguez López Sofia Rodríguez Carol Ruiz Maria Sandra Sabas

Carlos Salinas Ricardo Salinas Melissa Sandovál Julie Anne Scoggins Alejandra Y. Silva Cornelius T. Sublette Aracely Uribe Itzél A. Vela Michael Warren Kailey H. Wills Shemaiah M. Wooden Aaron Zamarripa

TAU BETA PI HONOR SOCIETY IN ENGINEERING Cristian Barron Gloria Cecilia Cira Blanco Priscilla Castillo Cynthia Chapa Chu-Wen Cheng

Alexis Mauricio Escobar Ricardo M. Garza Jr. Justin Imel Rogelio Leal Jose A. Morales

Jose E. Moreno lll Carlos A. Pena-Caballero Manuel Reyes Samuel Roberts Juan Tellez

Dustin Ramsey Torres Julio E. Trevino Elisa Vasquez Josiah Villarreal

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS Michelle Antonieta Cavazos Daniel Rodriguez De Anda Frida Farstad Eriksson Alexis Escobar Jessica Priscilla Garza Ricardo M. Garza Jr. Daisy V. Gonzalez

Melissa Yvonne Gutierrez Sarah E. Guzman Leetoria Hinojosa Rogelio Leal Angel Fabian Lozano Amy Dianne Martinez Jose Eugenio Moreno lll

Rajesh Nandipaty Melissa Ochoa Omar Olvera Aritza Dannettie Ortiz Anisa Perez Viridiana Juarez Pimentel Jacquelin Rodriguez

Daniel Ruiz Maria Teresa Ruiz Kelsey Setien Gisselle Solis Juan Tellez Ines Tijerina Dustin Ramsey Torres

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS Lucia Aguilar Peter Averack Estefania Alexandre-Cantu Ruth Aranda Sofy Barocio Gloria Cira Blanco Ashley Campos Gabriella Cantu Eliud Cardenas Luis Cavazos

Nallely Cazares Christopher Dominguez Ayssa Escalante Lexi Esparza Rachel Flores Cynthia Galvan Roxanne Garcia Angel Garza Eric Garza Mark Garza

Ricardo Garza A.J. Gorena Giovanna Granados Melissa Gutierrez Ariana Guzman Andres Hernandez Denise Hernandez Francisco Leal Michele Pequeno Anisa Perez

Bianca Rocha Irania Rodriguez Eleazar Salinas Julie Scoggins Stephanie Segura Sydney Sommer Victoria Sumerlin Tiffany Tamez Brissa Vega Arlet Villarreal


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COSTUMES AND CUSTOMS OF COMMENCEMENT The colorful costumes and traditional customs of college commencements trace their beginnings back to the origins of the modern university in medieval Europe. Modern American colleges and universities carry on many traditions that began at Oxford and Cambridge to demonstrate the continuity of learning over the centuries and to emphasize the importance attached to commencement exercises. Academic regalia refer to the distinctive attire worn by students, faculty and other university officials at commencement. The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The ordinary dress of the scholar, whether student or teacher, was the dress of a cleric. Though the custom of wearing academic dress was brought to America in colonial times, it was not until 1895 that a standardized code of academic dress was established and followed by most colleges and universities. The gown, hood, cap and additional ornaments are the main categories of academic regalia and are distinctive for each degree.

CAPS

HOODS

Headwear is an important component of the cap and gown, and the academic costume is not complete without it. The standard commencement headwear is the Oxford cap, a skullcap topped by a square cloth-covered board, the reason for its “mortarboard” nickname. Some faculty members wear a softer Cambridge version of the cap that is a velvet tam with four, six or eight corners. Usually, the color of the cap matches the color of the gown. Caps are worn throughout the ceremony except for men during the singing of the national anthem.

The hood is derived from the cowls worn by clerics in the Middle Ages for warmth. Today they are worn symbolically, hanging down the back. Master’s hoods are 3 1/2 feet in length and have a velvet trim along the edge. Doctoral hoods are 4 feet in length and have a wider velvet trim. The satin lining of the hood, worn so that it can be seen, reflects the colors of the degree-granting institution. The color of the velvet trim signifies the academic discipline of the wearer’s degree. As codified by the American Council on Education, some of the official colors associated with the various degrees and disciplines are:

TASSEL The tassel is attached to a button on the top of the cap and hangs down to the right for bachelor’s candidates until their degree is conferred. Many universities ceremoniously have graduates move their tassel from the right to the left. Both master’s and doctoral candidates tassels often begin and remain on the left.

GOWNS The gown is the most basic of academic regalia. The Costume Code calls for three types of gowns: doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s. Most gowns are black, but some universities have adopted distinctive colors. The bachelor’s gown is the simplest of the three, a plain gown with long, pointed sleeves. The master’s gown is distinctive for its ex­tremely long, closed sleeves (originally used as a place to carry small books or other materials), the arms protruding through a slit at the elbow. The doctoral gown is the most elaborate, with front-facing velvet and three velvet bars on each of the full, billowing sleeves. The velvet can be black, PhD blue, or the academic color to which the degree corre­sponds.

White: Arts and Letters Drab: Business/Accounting Light Blue: Education Orange: Engineering Purple: Law Lemon: Library Science Green: Medicine Pink: Music Brown: Fine Arts Apricot: Nursing Olive Green: Pharmacy Dark Blue: Philosophy Sage Green: Physical Education Salmon Pink: Public Health Golden Yellow: Science Citron: Social Work Peacock Blue: Public Administration

In the case of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, the dark blue color represents the mastery of learning and scholarship in any field, not just the field of philosophy.

ADDITIONAL ORNAMENTS Some participants in the commencement ceremony will wear additional ornaments such as colored cords, medallions, stoles, or sashes. These ornaments signify the wearer’s membership in an honor society or special group.


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CHAIN OF OFFICE AND PRESIDENTIAL MEDALLION The presidential medallion is the official insignia of the university president and is worn at commencement and other ceremonial occasions. Like many academic traditions, the display of a heavy “chain of office” comes from medieval regalia and represents the weight of responsibility for the wearer. The UTRGV medallion and chain was designed in 2015 and executed by the jewelry students, jewelry faculty, and craftsman Lino Guiza in the UTRGV School of Art. The medallion is made up of two parts – the seal of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley surrounded by an abstract sunburst created with a brick and mortar design. The cactus flowers on the outer edges of the seal are placed at the four cardinal points with the largest flower pointing south. The counter weight to the medallion is a representation of the native sabal palm. The Chain of Office is a circlet of art deco-inspired links representing the past, while revealing an infrastructure of bridges, aqueducts and gears that speak to the importance of our solid foundation, water, and movement into the future. The chain features many aspects of the Rio Grande Valley that aid our growth and commitment to higher education: Arches Water Turbine Neuron Tree Circuit Board

Abacus Bone Binary Code Leaves/Quills Butterfly

BELL

Tortoise Finger Print Road Junction Satellite

Our stately bronze bell, circa 1850, lives on the Brownsville campus. It is rung during commencement to symbolize a rite of passage and proclaims that a worthy and well-qualified individual has passed from one station in their life to a loftier one. Our bell is also the icon for the Bell Scholarship Endowment. Two outstanding students are selected to ring the bell at each commencement.

CEREMONIAL MACE In Medieval Times, the mace was a symbol of authority and carried before or set near a high official when ceremonies or sessions were being conducted. Today, the mace symbolizes the university’s governing authority and signifies the proceedings are officially sanctioned. Traditionally, the chair of the Faculty Senate acting as the Grand Marshal carries the mace to lead the academic procession at commencement and other special ceremonies. The UTRGV 47” ceremonial mace was designed in 2016 by students in the School of Art and a committee of faculty from anthropology, archeology, geology, history, communication and art. The head and seals of the mace were 3D printed and cast at the UTRGV School of Art. The mace is intricately imbued with historical, cultural and architectural meaning. The handles of the mace are made of mesquite wood locally sourced in the Rio Grande Valley and engraved with a decorative pattern of the state’s official turtle, the Ridley, and wind turbines. The helix, between the handles, represents the coming together of the legacy institutions. The helix is made of petrified palm, the official stone of Texas. The base is crafted from mesquite and inlaid with blue selenite, thought to be associated with mental clarity, truth and honesty, and to represent the Rio Grande River. The tip of the mace is made of El Sauz Chert excavated and donated by Dr. Juan L. Gonzalez.

MEMORY STOLE When students graduate from UTRGV they know they did not make the journey alone. The Memory Stole, a symbol of appreciation, is worn by graduates during the commencement ceremony. Following the ceremony they are encouraged to present the stole to a special family member, professor, or friend as a symbol of gratitude and appreciation for their support, inspiration or mentorship.


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UTRGV COLLEGE GONFALONS The college gonfalon, or banner, has its roots in the Middle Ages and were symbols of units or family groups. Today, gonfalons are used at official university ceremonies as heraldic devices and are frequently carried during processionals at commencement.

School of Medicine

College of Education and P-16 Integration

College of Engineering and Computer Science

College of Fine Arts

Symbols:

Symbols:

Symbols:

Symbols:

The central pattern intertwines the rod of caduceus, a symbol for medical practice, with the tree of life.

The torch represents the guiding light – the ability for graduates to serve as a beacon for others and for the college to serve as a light that will lead the way for others.

The dominant image is an interpretation of Moore’s Law: Every year, computer chips and components are able to compute twice as much data.

The waves represent the flow of the mind, freedom, imagination and knowledge. The three waves symbolize creativity, imagination and motivation.

The multicolored flame symbolizes the forward-thinking nature of the college, bringing power to ideas.

The eye of providence symbolizes the grand architect. In this case, the engineer takes all things into consideration.

The interlocking shape represents unity and strength between the arts and sciences.

Colors:

Colors:

Light blue for education, wisdom, intelligence and integrity.

Orange for engineering and the metals involved in the processing and development of technology. Purple for social ethics.

This pattern is surrounded by a DNA helix — the foundation for all living beings — and roots which connect the human condition with all forms of creation. Colors: Blue for healing, green for earth and white for air.

The hummingbird stands for joy, beauty, strength, movement and independence. Colors: Wineberry for writing, khaki for fine arts, gold for art, and pink for music.


2018 SPRING COMMENCEMENT At UTRGV, each college has a custom-designed banner signifying its academic unit. Each flag is rich in unique symbolism while also showing unity through size, shape and color. The swoop at the bottom of each gonfalon represents the border of Texas, and the field of blue with gold stars of Texas represents the distributed nature of UTRGV — from Rio Grande City to South Padre Island. The gonfalons were designed by Daniel Cardenas, Karla Castillo, Roberto Castro, Santa Hernandez, and Kimberly Selber from UTRGV Marketing & Creative Services.

College of Health Affairs

College of Liberal Arts

College of Sciences

Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Symbols:

Symbols:

Symbols:

Symbols:

The dominant image is the peony flower, symbolizing health and medicine in Greek mythology; Paeon was turned into the flower by Zeus because Asclepius was threatened by his pursuit of knowledge.

The trivium is derived from the medieval symbol for the seven liberal arts and sciences.

The infinity symbol for math and physics also represents perfection unity and balance.

The symbols of the lion and the scales of justice represent the dialogue between the value of the emotions, power, and creativity within the rational, law, and historical institutions.

The atom represents the sciences and the vertical pillars represent the foundation of all life and biology, while the vertical lines signify energy.

Colors:

Golden yellow is the color of science, mathematics and physics, while gold represents wisdom, understanding and enlightenment.

The two-headed eagle represents power and authority, while also symbolizing collaboration. Both heads are facing north, signifying innovation, looking forward and success. Their wings are open, ready to take flight to discover new horizons, and being open to new ideas. Wheat symbolizes wealth.

The two snakes are Asclepius representing health and Hygeia representing wellness. Colors: Blue for the caring nature of the health professions and green for health and medicine.

Crimson, gold, silver and blue represent the disciplines within the college.

Colors:

Colors: Rust for economics, brown for business, and purple for leadership.


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UT System Board of Regents Sara Martinez Tucker ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Chairman Jeffery D. Hildebrand............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Vice Chairman Paul L. Foster.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Vice Chairman Ernest Aliseda.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Regent R. Steven Hicks........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Regent David J. Beck............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Regent James Conrad “Rad” Weaver............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Regent Kevin Paul Eltife ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Regent Janiece M. Longoria .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Regent Jaciel Castro............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Student Regent Francie A. Frederick, JD....................................................................................................................................................................... General Counsel to the Board of Regents

UT System Executive Officers William H. McRaven........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Chancellor David E. Daniel, PhD ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Deputy Chancellor Raymond S. Greenberg, MD, PhD ................................................................................................................................................ Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Scott C. Kelley, EdD....................................................................................................................................................................... Executive Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Steven Leslie, PhD....................................................................................................................................................................... Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Stephanie A. Bond Huie, PhD.................................................................................................................................................................. Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives David L. Lakey, MD .............................................................................................................................................. Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Barry McBee, JD ..................................................................................................................................................... Vice Chancellor and Chief Governmental Relations Officer Randa S. Safady, PhD.................................................................................................................................................................................. Vice Chancellor for External Relations Daniel H. Sharphorn, JD.............................................................................................................................................................................. Vice Chancellor and General Counsel William H. Shute, JD .................................................................................................................................................................................... Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations Amy Shaw Thomas, JD ........................................................................................................................................................... Vice Chancellor for Academic and Health Affairs

UTRGV Executive Leadership Guy Bailey, PhD ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................President Janna Arney, PhD ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Deputy President Patricia Alvarez McHatton, PhD ........................................................................ Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration Parwinder Grewal, PhD ............................................................................. Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development Rick Anderson, MBA ..................................................................................................................................................Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Magdalena Hinojosa, EdD ........................................................................................................................................................................Vice President for Strategic Enrollment John Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA ................................................................................................... Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine Juan Sanchez, PhD................................................................................................................................................. Interim Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Kelly Scrivner, EdD............................................................................................................................................................................Vice President for Institutional Advancement Veronica Gonzales-Villarreal, JD........................................................................................................................Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations


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