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The December 1996 Commencement ceremony was UTSA's official commencement ceremony celebrating graduates of the Summer 1996 and Fall 1996 semesters. It featured two back-to-back ceremonies, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 in the Convocation Center. Dr. Patricia A. Graham, UTSA Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, was chair of the Committee on Graduation Ceremonies. This semester is notable for featuring different singers for each ceremony.

ScheduleEdit

First ceremonyEdit

Part of Ceremony Notes
Processional "Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar, performed by UTSA Brass Ensemble
Master of Ceremonies William G. Mitchell, Associate Professor, College of Business
National Anthem Star Spangled Banner, performed by Karen Camp, Soprano
Greetings Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President, UTSA
UTSA Brass Ensemble Fanfare for Brass by UTSA professor James S. Balentine
Commencement Address Kenneth H. Ashworth, Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Conferring of Degrees Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
Welcome from Alumni Association Wayne D. Terry, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Karen Camp
Recessional Allegro from Water Music by George Frideric Handel[1]

Second ceremonyEdit

Part of Ceremony Notes
Processional "Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar, performed by UTSA Brass Ensemble
Master of Ceremonies Felix D. Almaraz, Jr., Professor, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
National Anthem Star Spangled Banner, performed by Melanie Medrano, Soprano
Greetings Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President, UTSA
Bernard Rapoport, Chairman, UT System Board of Regents
UTSA Brass Ensemble Piece for Brass by UTSA professor James S. Balentine
Commencement Address Kenneth H. Ashworth, Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Conferring of Degrees Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
Welcome from Alumni Association Wayne D. Terry, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Melanie Medrano
Recessional Allegro from Water Music by George Frideric Handel[1]

MarshalsEdit

College of BusinessEdit

  • R. Mark Alford, Division of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Glenn B. Dietrich, Division of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Rodolpho Sandoval, Division of Economics and Finance
  • Woodie A. Spivey, Division of Management and Marketing

College of Fine Arts and HumanitiesEdit

  • Christopher K. Egan, Division of Art and Architecture
  • Shelia K. Johnson, Division of Foreign Languages
  • Mark S. McLeod, Division of English, Classics, and Philosophy
  • Kimberly C. Walls, Division of Music

College of Sciences and EngineeringEdit

  • Stephan B. Bach, Division of Earth and Physical Sciences
  • David B. Jaffe, Division of Life Sciences
  • F. Alexander Norman, Division of Mathematics and Statistics
  • G. V. S. Raju, Division of Engineering
  • Xiaodong Zhang, Division of Computer Science

College of Social and Behavioral SciencesEdit

  • James R. Dykes, Division of Behavioral and Cultural Sciences
  • Richard A. Gambitta, Division of Social and Policy Sciences
  • Diana S. Mason, Division of Education
  • Thomas K. Ricento, Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies[1]

UTSA Brass EnsembleEdit

The UTSA Brass Ensemble was conducted by Robert J. Rustowicz.

  • Mariano Escobedo, Trumpet
  • Daniel Lugo, Trumpet
  • Tomas Rodriguez, Trumpet
  • Tom Settles, Trumpet
  • Lee Thomason, Trumpet
  • Daniel Fuentes, French Horn
  • Felix Juarez, French Horn
  • Angela Reyes, French Horn
  • Debra Seagraves, French Horn
  • Richard Gamble, Trombone
  • Rod Leonard, Trombone
  • Jennifer Willis-Opalenik, Trombone
  • Amy Causey, Euphonium
  • Lenora Newsom, Euphonium
  • Gabe Lopez, Tuba
  • Joe Rodriguez, Tuba
  • John Dominguez, Percussion[1]

ReceptionsEdit

Each college held a reception for its graduates. The newly finished phase II of the University Center was showcased after each ceremony in place of the familiar Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

College Time Location
College of Business After first ceremony University Center Second Floor Galeria
College of Sciences and Engineering After first ceremony Science Building Galeria
College of Fine Arts and Humanities After second ceremony Arts Building Galeria
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences After second ceremony University Center Second Floor Galeria[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "The May Commencement 1996". May 1996 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
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