The December 2000 Commencement ceremony was UTSA's official commencement ceremony celebrating graduates of the Summer and Fall 2000 semesters. It featured three back-to-back ceremonies in the Convocation Center on Saturday, December 16 at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. It was the first semester in which UTSA had three commencements, despite being a December ceremony. (December ceremonies usually have fewer graduates than May ones.) The segment by the UTSA Brass Ensemble in between the presidential greeting and the commencement address was removed.
Rather than individual receptions after each ceremony hosted by each college, there were general receptions after the first two ceremonies in the East Wing of the University Center. The university had recently restructured the colleges, adding two more. Presumably, either the cessation of college-specific receptions was motivated by the final ceremony already being rather late in the day (exacerbated by early sunset in December) or by the realignment of colleges.
The UTSA Brass Ensemble was conducted by Robert J. Rustowicz for the first two ceremonies and Kenneth E. Williams for the third. Starting this semester, the French horn began to be listed as simply the horn, in accordance with the wishes of the International Horn Society.
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