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The May 1997 Commencement ceremony was UTSA's official commencement ceremony celebrating graduates of the Spring 1997 semester. It featured two back-to-back ceremonies, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 in the Convocation Center. Dr. Patricia A. Graham, UTSA Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, was chair of the Committee on Graduation Ceremonies.

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 Melanie Medrano, Soprano
Greetings Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President, UTSA
Rita C. Clements, Member, UT System Board of Regents
UTSA Brass Ensemble Festive Celebration by UTSA professor James S. Balentine
Commencement Address Carlos Manuel Sada, Consul General of Mexico
Conferring of Degrees Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
Welcome from Alumni Association Ingrid Barth Faris, Vice President, UTSA Alumni Association
Alma Mater Hail UTSA, performed by Melanie Medrano
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
Rita C. Clements, Member, UT System Board of Regents
UTSA Brass Ensemble Festive Celebration by UTSA professor James S. Balentine
Commencement Address Carlos Manuel Sada, Consul General of Mexico
Conferring of Degrees Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
Welcome from Alumni Association Ingrid Barth Farris, Vice 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

  • Glenn B. Dietrich, Division of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Gary C. Raffaele, Division of Management and Marketing
  • Woodie A. Spivey, Division of Management and Marketing
  • Thomas A. Thomson, Division of Management and Marketing

College of Fine Arts and HumanitiesEdit

  • David W. Clarke, Division of Architecture and Interior Design
  • Shelia K. Johnson, Division of Foreign Languages
  • Scott D. Lipscomb, Division of Music
  • Ken D. Little, Division of Visual Arts

College of Sciences and EngineeringEdit

  • Deborah L. Armstrong, Division of Life Sciences
  • John V. McClusky, Division of Earth and Physical Sciences
  • Cheryl B. Schrader, Division of Engineering
  • Betty S. P. Travis, Division of Mathematics and Statistics

College of Social and Behavioral SciencesEdit

  • James R. Dykes, Division of Cultural and Behavioral Sciences
  • Jose Macias, Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
  • Rodolfo Rosales, Division of Social and Policy Sciences
  • Kenneth W. Wunderlich, Division of Education[2]

UTSA Brass EnsembleEdit

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

  • Mariano Escobedo, Trumpet
  • Daniel Lugo, Trumpet
  • Fernando Aguilar, 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
  • Suzanne Allen, Trombone
  • Amy Causey, Euphonium
  • Jennifer Willis Opalenik, Euphonium
  • Gabriel Lopez, Tuba
  • Joe Rodriguez, Tuba
  • Rudy Diaz, Timpani[1]

ReceptionsEdit

Each college held a reception for its graduates.

College Time Location
College of Business After first ceremony Business Building 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 HSS Galeria[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The May Commencement 1997". May 1997 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Collections UA 01.01 Box 3. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  2. "The May Commencement 1997". May 1997 Commencement brochure. UTSA Special Events Center. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
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