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The May 1996 Commencement ceremony was UTSA's official commencement ceremony celebrating graduates of the Spring 1996 semester. It featured two back-to-back ceremonies, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 in the Convocation Center. Dr. Patricia A. Graham, UTSA Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, was chair of the Committee on Graduation Ceremonies. Singer Joseph Brown was that year's reigning Mr. UTSA. The afternoon ceremony marks the first UTSA doctoral graduates, both in biology: James Thompson Colston and Karla K. Kopec.

ScheduleEdit

First 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 Joseph E. Brown, Baritone
Greetings Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President, UTSA
Martha E. Smiley, Member, UT System Board of Regents
UTSA Brass Ensemble Fanfare for Brass by UTSA professor James S. Balentine
Commencement Address James B. Appleberry, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Conferring of Degrees Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
Welcome from Alumni Association Wayne D. Terry, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Joseph E. Brown
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 William G. Mitchell, Associate Professor, College of Business
National Anthem Star Spangled Banner, performed by Joseph E. Brown, Baritone
Greetings Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President, UTSA
Martha E. Smiley, Member, UT System Board of Regents
UTSA Brass Ensemble Fanfare for Brass by UTSA professor James S. Balentine
Commencement Address James B. Appleberry, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Conferring of Degrees Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
Welcome from Alumni Association Wayne D. Terry, President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Joseph E. Brown
Recessional Allegro from Water Music by George Frideric Handel[1]

MarshalsEdit

College of BusinessEdit

  • Glenn B. Dietrich, Division of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Gary C. Raffaele, Division of Management and Marketing
  • Rodolpho Sandoval, Division of Economics and Finance
  • Kathy L. Wohlert, Division of Management and Marketing

College of Fine Arts and HumanitiesEdit

  • Paul T. Alessi, Division of English, Classics, and Philosophy
  • Christopher K. Egan, Division of Art and Architecture
  • Patricia A. Struebig, Division of Foreign Languages
  • John D. Vander Weg, Division of Music

College of Sciences and EngineeringEdit

  • Edwin J. Barea-Rodriguez, Division of Life Sciences
  • Manuel P. Berriozabal, Division of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics
  • John V. McClusky, Division of Earth and Physical Sciences
  • Yesh P. Singh, Division of Engineering
  • Jon B. Weissman, Division of Computer Science

College of Social and Behavioral SciencesEdit

  • Francisco Durand, Division of Social and Policy Sciences
  • Jose Macias, Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
  • Rodolfo Rosales, Division of Social and Policy Sciences
  • George R. Taylor, Division of Education
  • Richard M. Wenzlaff, Division of Behavioral and Cultural Sciences[1]

UTSA Brass EnsembleEdit

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

  • Jason Ada, Trumpet
  • Ruben Martinez, Trumpet
  • Erick Matta, Trumpet
  • Adrian Ruiz, Trumpet
  • Tom Settles, Trumpet
  • Ruben Alcaraz, French Horn
  • Felix Juarez, French Horn
  • Angela Reyes, French Horn
  • Debra Seagraves, French Horn
  • Richard Gamble, Trombone
  • Rod Leonard, Trombone
  • Jason Rangel, Trombone
  • Lenora Newsom, Euphonium
  • Jennifer Willis-Opalenik, Euphonium
  • Gilbert Cuellar, Tuba
  • Gabriel Lopez, Tuba
  • John Dominguez, Percussion[1]

ReceptionsEdit

Each college held a reception for its graduates. Since the new Business Building had been announced, the Humanities-Business Building had been renamed the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Since it was not yet finished, the College of Business reception was in its historic location.

College Time Location
College of Fine Arts and Humanities After first ceremony Arts Building Galeria
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences After first ceremony Humanities and Social Sciences Building Galeria
College of Business After second ceremony Humanities and Social Sciences Building Galeria
College of Sciences and Engineering After second ceremony Science Building 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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