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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.

ScheduleEdit

First ceremony: COEHD and COSEdit

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 Liberal and Fine Arts
National Anthem Star Spangled Banner, performed by Jeremiah Drake, Baritone
Greetings Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA
Commencement Address Norma V. Cantu, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Conferring of Degrees Ricardo Romo
Welcome from Alumni Association R. Rene Escobedo, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Jeremiah Drake
Recessional March from Water Music by George Frideric Handel[1]

Second ceremony: COLFA and COUPPEdit

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 Liberal and Fine Arts
National Anthem Star Spangled Banner, performed by Jeremiah Drake, Baritone
Greetings Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA
Commencement Address Norma V. Cantu, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Conferring of Degrees Ricardo Romo
Welcome from Alumni Association R. Rene Escobedo, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Jeremiah Drake
Recessional March from Water Music by George Frideric Handel[1]

Third ceremony: COB and COEEdit

Part of Ceremony Notes
Processional "Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar, performed by UTSA Brass Ensemble
Master of Ceremonies R. Mark Alford, Associate Professor, College of Business
National Anthem Star Spangled Banner, performed by Jeremiah Drake, Baritone
Greetings Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA
Commencement Address Norma V. Cantu, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Conferring of Degrees Ricardo Romo
Welcome from Alumni Association R. Rene Escobedo, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Jeremiah Drake
Recessional March from Water Music by George Frideric Handel[1]

MarshalsEdit

University MarshalsEdit

  • Richard E. Adams
  • Joel G. Saegert
  • Paul H. Westmeyer

College of BusinessEdit

  • Glenn B. Dietrich, Division of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Dennis J. Duchon, Division of Management and Marketing
  • Dale B. Truett, Division of Economics and Finance
  • Bennie J. Wilson III, Division of Management and Marketing

College of Education and Human DevelopmentEdit

  • Blandina Cardenas, Division of Education
  • Bertha Perez, Division of Education
  • Alan R. Shoho, Division of Education
  • Howard L. Smith, Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

College of EngineeringEdit

  • A. C. Rogers, Division of Mechanical Engineering
  • Chia-Shun Shih, Division of Civil Engineering
  • John C. Simonis, Division of Mechanical Engineering
  • Yesh P. Singh, Division of Mechanical Engineering

College of Liberal and Fine ArtsEdit

  • Ronald C. Binks, Division of Visual Arts
  • Sheila K. Johnson, Division of Foreign Languages
  • Richard Lewis, Jr., Division of Political Science and Geography
  • David C. Sebald, Division of Music

College of SciencesEdit

  • Stephen C. Brown, Division of Physical Sciences
  • Youn-Min Chou, Division of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Martha J. Lundell, Division of Life Sciences
  • Hugh B. Maynard, Division of Computer Science

College of Urban Professional ProgramsEdit

  • John Bretting, Division of Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • A. Derral Cheatwood, Division of Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • Ni He, Division of Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • Francine Sanders-Romero, Division of Criminal Justice and Public Administration

UTSA Brass EnsembleEdit

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.[2]

  • Ray Diaz De Leon, Trumpet
  • Mariano Escobedo, Trumpet
  • Ericka Fonseca, Trumpet
  • Scott Heskew, Trumpet
  • George Hinojosa, Trumpet
  • Laurie Lammons, Trumpet
  • Richard Mendez, Trumpet
  • Joseph Pacheco, Trumpet
  • Edward Rios, Trumpet
  • Gabriel Rosas, Trumpet
  • Braulio Amaro, Horn
  • Shelly Ascolese, Horn
  • Angela Dominquez, Horn
  • Doug Driggers, Horn
  • Rebecca Gonzales, Horn
  • Oscar Perez, Horn
  • Paul Wadlington, Horn
  • Tom Esperiqueta, Trombone
  • Dennis Jasso, Trombone
  • Henry McDougall, Trombone
  • Sason Sattler, Trombone
  • Richard Wall, Trombone
  • Yvette Wong, Trombone
  • David Lopez, Euphonium
  • Frank Riojas, Euphonium
  • Juan Saldana, Tuba
  • Jaime Villarreal, Tuba
  • Bethany Hirota, Percussion[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The December Commencement 2000". December 2000 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  2. "Harold Meek 1914-1998". International Horn Society. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
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