Spring 2014 Commencement a Great Success
Approximately 15,000 family members and friends gathered last Saturday to support more than 1,000 spring graduates at UHD's 56th commencement ceremony at Minute Maid Park.
UHD alumna and UH System Regent Paula Mendoza served as commencement speaker and extolled the great value and contributions of non-traditional students, who comprise the majority of UHD's student body of nearly 14,000.
Graduating social work major Maria Chavez-Berry provided the student commencement address and exemplified the hard work and sacrifice Mendoza noted in describing non-traditional students. Chavez-Berry, 38, had three sons by the age of 19 and four sons by 25, while simultaneously attending UHD part-time to realize her dream of a college degree. She enrolled at UHD as an international student and then postponed her studies for a decade, while she saved money for tuition. During her tenure at UHD, she was selected as a social work field student of the year and was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society.
The oldest graduate on May 10 was 67 and the youngest was 19.
Congratulations to all undergraduate and graduate students who accepted their diplomas this weekend!