Cougar Pride Abounds At Spring 2011 Commencement

Published on May 17, 2011

UH Bauer Recognizes More than 700 Graduating Students in Commencement Ceremony

This class of graduates leaves UH Bauer at an exciting time in the university’s history, with the Carnegie Foundation designating it one of three public Tier One institutions in the state.
University of Houston President Renu Khator addressed more than 700
students on May 14 at the Bauer College Spring 2011 Commencement.
UH Bauer welcomed its newest group of alumni at the Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony.

Graduating students from the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business took their place in the university’s history as they transitioned into the proud ranks of alumni during the college’s Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony held May 14 in Hofheinz Pavilion.

“Today, you are not just graduating — you are making history when you walk across this stage, as you will be the first graduating class from the newest Tier One university in the nation,” UH System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator said in her address to graduates.

The last year has been one for the record books for the campus, with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching placing UH in its top category of research universities, making it one of only three public institutions in the state to hold the designation.

“Let me assure you, you are the best educated, the best prepared, and the best trained class in the history of UH, and you have your Tier One degree to prove it,” Khator said.

UH Bauer graduated more than 700 students, including doctoral, graduate and undergraduate candidates. A group of 35 students from China National Petroleum Corporation in Beijing took part in the ceremony, earning their Global Energy Executive MBA degrees from UH Bauer (see related story).

The speakers at the ceremony urged all the new graduates to take advantage of the more than 40,000 strong network of Bauer alumni in the Houston area.

“Call on them as you would a family member and they will respond,” said Mike Pede (’89), president and CEO of the University of Houston Alumni Association. “Think of yourselves as brothers and sisters on the Cougar family tree.”

UH System Board of Regents Chairman Welcome W. Wilson Sr. (’49) had a simple of advice for the graduating students.

“Expect to change the world, because you can,” he said.

In addition, outstanding UH Bauer students were also recognized, including MS Finance student Quyen Thi Do Nguyen, MBA Andrew Cobos, MS ACCY student Anthony Giroux, and EMBA Students Tracy Lalasz and Alberto Franco-Fuenmayor (see related story).

By Ryan Tang

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