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2011 Fall COLFA Commencement

Fall 2011 COLFA commencement ceremony

UTSA's commencement ceremonies take place every fall and spring, with summer graduates getting to choose which ceremony they participate in. They take place in the Convocation Center, which was built partially for the purpose, and are broken up by college. For the last few years, the ceremony for COLFA has been Thursday evening, COEHD on Friday evening, COB on Saturday morning, COE and COS on Saturday afternoon, and COA and COPP on Saturday evening. Friday afternoon features a ceremony specifically for Honors College students, who may choose to participate in the ceremony for their respective college instead or in addition.

Which weekend is commencement weekend is usually visible when the academic calendar for that term comes out. Usually, the Graduation Coordination office has published which college's ceremony falls on which day on their website by the end of the second month of the semester (February or September).

UTSA does not give out honorary doctorate degrees, but does occasionally have a guest commencement speaker. Noteworthy speakers have included Red McCombs, Rick Perry, and Kathleen Sabelius.

StructureEdit

Doors for the ceremonies usually begin allowing guests in an hour prior to their start. Students process in to "Pomp and Circumstance", followed by opening remarks from the provost or a dean, the president of the UTSA Alumni Association, and President Ricardo Romo, then any guest speaker who may be lined up.

When names start being called, doctoral students are called first, followed by students receiving terminal masters degrees, non-terminal masters degrees, summa cum laude baccalaureates, magna cum laude baccalaureates, cum laude baccalaureates, then the rest of the baccalaureates. When there are two colleges participating, doctoral candidates for the first college are presented, then the other college, then masters candidates for the first college, then the other, then honors and non-honors baccalaureates for the first college, then the same for the other college.

ProductionEdit

UTSA's Office of Information Technology broadcasts the event live on television on local public access networks and also online for potential guests who can't make it to the ceremony. In addition, they have all commencement ceremonies since Fall 2001 available via DVD by request. For the most recent ceremonies, they offer an ISO file download.[1]

Academic dressEdit

Aside from using the same gown and mortarboard style advised by the American Council on Education[2], UTSA uses the following color breakdown for tassels, based on discipline.[3]

Color Discipline(s)
Blue Violet Architecture
Brown Art or Interior Design
Citron American Studies, Anthropology, Bicultural and Bilingual Studies, Geography, Mexican American Studies, Social Work
Copper Economics
Crimson Communication
Dark Blue Justice Policy, Philosophy, Political Science
Drab Business
Gold Criminal Justice, Psychology
Golden Yellow Sciences, Mathematics
Light Blue Education
Pink Music
Orange Engineering
Peacock Blue Public Administration
Sage Health, Kinesiology
White Classical Studies, History, Humanities, Multidisciplinary Studies, Public Health, Sociology, Languages

Mace and medallionEdit

University maceEdit

The university mace was given to the university by the Alumni Association in the Silver Anniversary Convocation in 1994. Houston sculptor Tim Bailey, who graduated from UTSA with his M.F.A. in 1986, designed and sculpted the mace.[4]

Presidential medallionEdit

UTSA's president's medallion is worn by the university president at events where he uses his official power. At such events--commencements, convocations, and inaugurations--it symbolizes the authority given him by the UT System and thus by the THECB and thus by the state legislature of Texas. Made of brass by James Avery Craftsman, Inc., it weighs in at 12 ounces. The front features the university seal while the back is inscribed "Presented by the UTSA Development Board in honor of the University's 25th anniversary--1994."

As stated on the medallion itself, it was also bestowed to president Samuel A. Kirkpatrick by the UTSA Development Board at the 1994 Silver Anniversary Convocation.[4]

TimingEdit

Since 1992, the earliest and latest May commencements were May 5th (2011) and 15th (1999), respectively. Since 1990, the earliest and latest December commencements were December 12th (1992, 1998, and 2003) and 21st (2013), respectively.

The May commencement often coincides with Mother's Day, with that usually being acknowledged during the ceremony. From 1992 to 2015, the only times it was not on the same weekend as Mother's Day were 1994, 1999, and 2005.

CeremoniesEdit

Semester Days Dates Location Times
August 1974 Sun Aug 18 UTHSCSA [5]
August 1975 Sun Aug 17 UTHSCSA [6]
December 1990 Sat Dec 15 Convo 10a[7]
May 1991 Convo
December 1991 Sat Dec 14 Convo 10a, 2p[8]
May 1992 Sat May 9 Convo 10a, 2p[9]
December 1992 Sat Dec 12 Convo 10a, 2p[10]
May 1993 Sat May 8 Convo 10a, 2p[11]
December 1993 Sat Dec 18 Convo 10a, 2p[12]
May 1994 Sat May 14 Convo 10a, 2p[13]
December 1994 Sat Dec 17 Convo 10a, 2p[14]
May 1995 Sat May 13 Convo 10a, 2p[15]
December 1995 Sat Dec 16 Convo 10a, 2p[16]
May 1996 Sat May 11 Convo 10a, 2p[17]
December 1996 Sat Dec 14 Convo 10a, 2p[18]
May 1997 Sat May 10 Convo 10a, 2p[19]
December 1997 Sat Dec 13 Convo 10a, 2p[20]
May 1998 Sat May 9 Convo 10a, 2p[21]
December 1998 Sat Dec 12 Convo 10a, 2p[22]
May 1999 Sat May 15 Convo 10a, 2p[23]
December 1999 Sat Dec 18 Convo 10a, 2p[24]
May 2000 May 13 Convo 10a, 2p[25]
December 2000 Sat Dec 16 Convo 9a, 1p, 5p[26]
May 2001 Sat May 12 Convo 9a, 12:30p, 4p[27]
December 2001 Sat Dec 15 Convo 9a, 12:30p, 4p[28]
May 2002 Sat May 11 Convo 9a, 1p, 5p[29]
December 2002 Sat Dec 14 Convo 9a, 1p, 5p[30]
May 2003 Sat May 10 Convo 9a, 1p, 5p[31]
August 2003 Convo
December 2003 Fri, Sat Dec 12, 13 Convo 5p; 9a, 1p, 5p[32]
May 2004 Fri, Sat May 7, 8 Convo 5p; 9a, 1p, 5p[33]
December 2004 Fri, Sat Dec 17, 18 Convo 5p; 9a, 1p, 5p[34]
May 2005 Fri, Sat May 13, 14 Convo 5p; 9a, 1p, 5p[35]
December 2005 Thu-Sat Dec 15-17 Convo 7p; 7p; 9a, 1p, 5p[36]
May 2006 Thu-Sat May 11-13 Convo 7p; 7p; 9a, 1p, 5p[37]
December 2006 Thu-Sat Dec 14-16 Convo 7p; 7p; 9a, 1p, 5p[38]
May 2007 Thu-Sat May 10-12 Convo 7p; 7p; 9a, 1p, 5p[39]
December 2007 Thu-Sat Dec 13-15 Convo 6:30p; 6:30p; 9a, 1p, 5p[40]
May 2008 Thu-Sat May 8-10 Convo 6:30p; 6:30p; 9a, 1p, 5p[41]
December 2008 Thu-Sat Dec 18-20 Convo 6:30p; 6:30p; 9a, 1p, 5p[42]
May 2009 Thu-Sat May 7-9 Convo 6:30p; 6:30p; 9a, 1p, 5p[43]
December 2009 Thu-Sat Dec 17-19 Convo 6:30p; 6:30p; 9a, 1p, 5p[44]
May 2010 Thu-Sat May 6-8 Convo 6:30p; 6:30p; 9a, 1p, 4:30p[45]
December 2010 Thu-Sat Dec 16-18 Convo 6p; 6p; 9a, 1p, 4:30p[46]
May 2011 Thu-Sat May 5-7 Convo 6p; 6p; 9a, 1p, 4:30p[47]
December 2011 Thu-Sat Dec 15-17 Convo 6p; 6p; 9a, 1p, 4:30p[48]
May 2012 Thu-Sat May 10-12 Convo 6p; 6p; 9a, 1p, 4:30p[49]
December 2012 Wed, Thu Dec 19, 20 Convo 9a, 1p; 9a, 1p, 6p[50]
May 2013 Mon May 13 Alamodome 2p, 7p[51]
December 2013 Fri, Sat Dec 20, 21 Alamodome 4p; 10a, 4p[52]
May 2014 Sat, Sun May 10, 11 Alamodome 10a, 4p; 2p[53]
December 2014 Fri, Sat Dec 19, 20 Convention Center 4p; 10a, 4p[54]
May 2015 Sat, Sun May 9, 10 Alamodome 10a, 4p; 2p[55]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Commencement Broadcast". UTSA Office of Information Technology. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  2. "Academic Costume Code and Ceremony Guide". American Council on Education. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  3. "The May Commencement 2014". May 2014 Commencement brochure.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "First UTSA Convocation opens 25th anniversary celebration". Paisano from 9/27/94. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  5. "The First Annual Commencement Exercises". August 1974 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  6. "The Second Annual Commencement Exercises". August 1975 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  7. "The December Commencement 1990". December 1990 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  8. "The December Commencement 1991". December 1991 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  9. "The May Commencement 1992". May 1992 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  10. "The December Commencement 1992". December 1991 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 04.01 Acc. 2007-065 Box 3. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  11. "The May Commencement 1993". May 1993 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  12. "The December Commencement 1993". December 1993 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  13. "The May Commencement 1994". May 1994 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  14. "The Silver Anniversary Commencement". December 1994 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  15. "The Silver Anniversary Commencement". May 1995 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  16. "The December Commencement 1995". December 1995 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  17. "The May Commencement 1996". May 1996 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  18. "The May Commencement 1996". May 1996 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  19. "The May Commencement 1997". May 1997 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  20. "The December Commencement 1997". December 1997 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  21. "The May Commencement 1998". May 1998 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  22. "The December Commencement 1998". December 1998 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  23. "The May Commencement 1999". May 1999 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  24. "The December Commencement 1999". December 1999 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  25. "The May Commencement 2000". May 2000 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  26. "The December Commencement 2000". December 2000 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  27. "The May Commencement 2001". May 2001 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  28. "The December Commencement 2001". December 2001 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  29. "The May Commencement 2002". May 2002 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  30. "The December Commencement 2002". May 2002 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  31. "The May Commencement 2003". May 2003 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  32. "The December Commencement 2003". December 2003 Commencement brochure. Special Events Center. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  33. "The May Commencement 2004". May 2004 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  34. "The December Commencement 2004". December 2004 Commencement brochure. Special Events Center. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  35. "The May Commencement 2005". May 2005 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  36. "The December Commencement 2005". December 2005 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  37. "The May Commencement 2006". May 2006 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  38. "The December Commencement 2006". December 2006 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  39. "The May Commencement 2007". May 2007 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  40. "The December Commencement 2007". December 2007 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  41. "The May Commencement 2008". May 2008 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  42. "The December Commencement 2008". December 2008 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  43. "The May Commencement 2009". May 2009 Commencement brochure. Special Events Center. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  44. "The December Commencement 2009". December 2009 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  45. "The May Commencement 2010". May 2010 Commencement brochure. Special Events Center. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  46. "The December Commencement 2010". December 2010 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  47. "The May Commencement 2011". May 2011 Commencement brochure.
  48. "The December Commencement 2011". December 2011 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  49. "The May Commencement 2012". May 2012 Commencement brochure.
  50. "The December Commencement 2012". December 2012 Commencement brochure.
  51. "The May Commencement 2013". May 2013 Commencement brochure.
  52. "The December Commencement 2013". December 2013 Commencement brochure.
  53. "2014 May Commencement". May 2014 Commencement brochure.
  54. "The December Commencement 2014". December 2014 Commencement brochure.
  55. "2015 May Commencement". May 2015 Commencement brochure.
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