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Commemorating 40 Years of UTSA Commencement

May 26, 2014

May is commencement month at universities across the nation.  Here at UTSA, the May 2014 Commencement exercises prompted a major milestone: UTSA alumni now number over 100,000.  The 2014 exercises also mark the 40th Commencement at UTSA, with the first commencement occurring in August, 1974.  In celebration of this achievement by the University, below is a photographic look back at commencements passed.  Click on images to enlarge.

 

August 1974

Graduates prepare for UTSA's 1st Commencement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduates line up in preparation for UTSA’s 1st Commencement held at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Auditorium.  Gil Barrera Photographs of the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries, MS 27, Box 1, Folder 4: txsau_ms00027_08-3-76-6

 

May 1976

MS 27 Gil Barrera txsau_ms00027_05-17-76-1 detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon-to-be alumni listen to remarks by Dr. Peter Flawn, 2nd President of UTSA. Ceremonies are held in the Convocation Center for the first time.  A total of 184 Master’s degrees and 46 Bachelor’s degrees are awarded, including the first Bachelor’s degree to student Eugene Ripps.  See more on the ceremony in the June 1976 issue of The Bulletin.  Gil Barrera Photographs of the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries, MS 27, Box 2, Folder 1: txsau_ms00027_05-17-76-1

 

May 1977

UTSA Bulletin May 1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 4,500 graduates and guests pack the Convocation Center as part of the 4th Annual Commencement Exercises.  UTSA Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 5, May 1977

 

May 1986

Sombrilla Summer 1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A record-setting 1,546 graduates took part in two ceremonies, the first time Commencement was split into segments to accommodate a growing number of students with new degrees.  Sombrilla, Summer 1986

 

December 1990

UA 16.01.01 Commencement 1990-12-15 #5 negative 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends and family prepare for the perfect shot of their graduates. The first December commencement is held to honor graduates from August, 1990 and candidates for December, 1990.  Commencement 1990-12-15 #5 negative 5, University of Texas at San Antonio: Office of University Communications Photographs, UA 16.01.01, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

 

December 1999

UA 16.01.01 Commencement 1999 #6 99-12-18 negative 35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Romo congratulates a graduate at his first commencement as 5th President of UTSA.  Commencement 1999 #6 99-12-18 negative 35, University of Texas at San Antonio: Office of University Communications Photographs, UA 16.01.01, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

 

May 2006

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Profiles of graduates lining up for the 32nd Annual Commencement, in an online photo gallery of the ceremonies captured in a 2006 web crawl of utsa.edu.  [https://wayback.archive-it.org/1693/20091130210207/http://129.115.131.24/~mydrive/PresGalleries/Commencement-May06-gallery/index_18.htm], University of Texas at San Antonio University Administration Web Collection, 1997-, UA 01.04, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

 

May 2014

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The 40th Annual Commencement Exercises produce about 4,500 graduates. UTSA Alumni now total over 100,000.   Original tweet from @UTSA, May 11, 2014.

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