University of Houston-Clear Lake celebrates the fall 2013 commencement ceremonies Dec. 15, noon and 5 p.m., at Reliant Arena, 1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX, 77054.
Commencement for the School of Education and School of Business will be held at noon, with keynote speaker state Rep. Ed Thompson. The School of Human Sciences and Humanities and the School of Science and Computer Engineering will celebrate commencement at 5 p.m., with UH-Clear Lake Professor of Literature John Gorman giving the keynote address.
Thompson serves the 29th District of the Texas House of Representatives covering Alvin, Brookside Village, Hillcrest, Iowa Colony, Liverpool, Manvel, Pearland and Rosharon. He serves on the house committees of Environmental Regulation and Special Purpose Districts. Before his election to the House of Representatives, Thompson served as Pearland mayor pro tem. He is past president of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation, former member of the Pearland ISD Board of Trustees and past chairman of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Houston and has been a long-time resident and supporter of Pearland. He is a member of the House Committee on Environmental Regulations and House Committee on Special Purpose Districts.
A charter faculty member, Gorman is known unofficially as the UH-Clear Lake Poet Laureate and has shared his love for American literature, modern poetry and creative writing with students for the past 39 years. Gorman was awarded the UHCL Outstanding Professor Award in October 2013, the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989, and has twice been the UHCL nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Award. Gorman is the founder of the university’s student-run literary magazine, “Bayousphere,” and has been an adviser for many student organizations. His poetry has been published in numerous journals throughout the U.S. and Canada and is collected in four chapbooks including “The Oxford of the Floodplain,” which was produced to celebrate UHCL’s 20th anniversary. Active in the Houston metropolitan poetry scene, he was named one of three “State Poets” at the Austin International Poetry Festival in 2012.
During the ceremony, approximately 996 graduating students will participate, including students who completed their degree requirements in fall and those who completed the requirements in summer 2013. Of these, 511 will be awarded degrees in the first ceremony and 485 in the second ceremony.
UH-Clear Lake’s Soaring Hawks Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, 5:00 – 7 p.m., in the university’s Alumni Plaza, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Soaring Hawks is sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Community relations to welcome graduating students into the UH-Clear Lake Alumni Association. All are invited, and summer and fall 2013 graduates receive two free tickets, with additional tickets available for $5 until noon on Dec. 12.
For information regarding the Soaring Hawks Celebration and to pick up tickets, call the Office of Alumni and Community Relations, 281-283-2041, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the commencement ceremony, call UH-Clear Lake’s Office of Academic Records, 281-283-2525, or visit http://www.uhcl.edu/records.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.