Commencement

Photo: James Wood/UANews
May 10, 2019
Commencement speaker Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color to travel to outer space, emphasized the importance of recognizing how connected we all are, and looking at the bigger picture.
About 4,500 graduates are expected to join in the celebration at Arizona Stadium on Friday. (Photo: John de Dios/UANews)
May 8, 2019
About 4,500 graduates and 40,000 guests are expected to attend Commencement. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color to travel into outer space, will be the keynote speaker.
Madison Loya, who completed her UA student teaching in China, takes in the view from the observation deck of Shanghai Tower, the world's second tallest building. (Courtesy of Madison Loya)
May 1, 2019
The UA College of Education's International Student Teaching Program places elementary education majors in classrooms in China, Norway and Mexico.
Felisa Hervey (Photo: Mari Cleven/UA Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation)
April 24, 2019
After working to mend U.S.-Afghan relations through language and compassion, UA student Felisa Hervey had a stroke that inhibited her ability to speak before finishing her dissertation.
“I have always known that I wanted to pursue an international career in grassroots service, community development and peace building,” said Ruth Byrnes, who will serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer following her graduation from the UA in May.
April 17, 2019
Gina Aniano and Ruth Byrnes took advantage of a new undergraduate program and were rewarded with invitations to serve in the Peace Corps.
Gabriel Martinez transferred to the UA to pursue a bachelor's degree in deaf studies, which he will receive in May. (Photo: Mari Cleven/UA Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation)
April 17, 2019
Transfer student Gabriel Martinez found his second family at the UA as a deaf studies major. He plans to pursue a master's degree and eventually work in disability resources.
Victor Smith
April 16, 2019
Dr. Mae Jemison and Victor Smith will receive honorary doctorates, and Andy Harris will receive the Alumni Achievement Award during the UA's 155th Commencement on May 10.
Mae Jemison
April 8, 2019
Dr. Mae C. Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first woman of color in the world to go into space, aboard a joint space shuttle mission with the Japanese space agency.
Catherine Witt parlayed a summer camp Arabic program into a bachelor's degree with triple majors in linguistics, Arabic, and Middle Eastern and North African studies. She is hoping to add a master's degree in public health to help reach her goal of working in refugee camps and communities.
May 18, 2018
Two fellowships helped linguistics major Catherine Witt master Arabic, which she will use as she continues her studies in Lebanon. Her goal is to work in refugee camps.

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