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2022 Graduation

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams

Graduates of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas departed with a new vision for their futures following the University’s doctoral hooding ceremony on Dec. 16, 2022 and the school’s two commencement ceremonies held at the Activity Center on Dec. 19, 2022.

Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, dean of the Jonsson School, described how she had coined the term “Year of Gratitude” to describe the theme for the academic year of 2022-2023. She encouraged graduates to “pay attention, be astonished and tell about it” in the words of poet Mary Oliver as they cultivate gratitude. She recalled that had she had paid attention during her commencement at North Carolina A&T State University, where speaker Edolphus Towns had encouraged her graduating class to “take the stairs” if the elevator is broken, persisting even when everything does not go according to plan. She concluded by reminding students to remain hopeful in the face of adversity, quoting poet Maya Angelou, “Today I am blessed.”

Commencement speakers Sarah Tao BS’22 and Aneesha Devulapally MS’22 echoed Adams’ call to focus on gratitude. Tao, a former teacher, described how her students had inspired her to return to school for a second bachelor’s degree in engineering. Devulapally described her experience as an international student and thanked faculty and students for helping her on her path to graduation.

Chris Botti

Chris Bhatti MA’06

When Adams returned to the podium following Sarah Tao’s commencement speech, she praised Tao, thanked Tao’s family in the audience and noted why Jonsson School commencement addresses are not delivered by famous people.

“We have very talented students like Sarah who could deliver a message better than anyone else,” Adams said.

At the conclusion of both ceremonies, Chris Bhatti MA’06, associate dean for external relations in the Jonsson School and assistant vice president of development and alumni relations at the University, welcomed graduates as alumni. Adams and Bhatti presented the students with passport covers, signifying that their journeys as Comets are just beginning.

Commencement Student Speakers

Sarah Tao
BS, electrical engineering, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Aneesha Devulapally
MS, computer science, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

Ceremony Programs Recording
Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Youtube
Undergraduate Only Youtube
Graduate Only Youtube

Commencement Brights

Kolade Oyekan
Vivian Nguyen

Vivian Nguyen

Roberta Hawkins MS’87, MS’19, PhD’22 was hooded on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 by her daughter Jessica Hawkins BS’12, BS’12, MS’14, PhD’18 and dissertation advisor Dr. Chadwin D. Young. Inspired by her daughter, Hawkins returned to complete a second master’s degree and PhD.

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