UNT Dallas Campus honors graduates at graduate reception

UNT Dallas Campus graduation reception
Family members examine the University of North Texas Dallas Campus stole Jose Martinez received at a graduate reception ceremony April 14 at the UNT Dallas Campus. Martinez said it took him 25 years to complete his degree and that he would not have finished it had the Dallas Campus not been opened.
Thursday, April 16, 2009

DALLAS – A standing-room only crowd watched as 60 graduating seniors were honored at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus April 14. Many Dallas Campus students choose not to attend commencement ceremonies on the Denton campus, so the "graduate reception" is the closest thing they experience to a graduation ceremony.

Dallas Campus Deputy Vice Chancellor Peter Johnstone placed a Dallas Campus stole over the graduates robes in a ceremony much like the hooding of doctoral graduates. The graduating class includes many who are the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Johnstone, speaking on behalf of Vice Chancellor John Ellis Price who was in Austin, told graduates, "The Dallas campus is moving toward becoming an independent degree granting institution and in a few short years we will hold our own graduation ceremony. But for now, the most we can do is honor your commitments and your successes in a simple ceremony like this.

"You have finished the race and you deserve our commendation. While your path to receiving a degree may not have been easy, I hope you will keep in mind the words of Benjamin Franklin that ‘an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.'"

The UNT Dallas Campus is a satellite campus of the UNT in Denton. Now that the school's enrollment reached 1,000 full-time equivalent students, it will become an independent, degree-granting institution.

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