Veteran Graduates after a Decade of Putting Together the Pieces

Fri, Dec 16, 2016 - 6:17pm

As he crossed the stage inside the University of North Texas Coliseum Friday morning, shook President Neal Smatresk’s hand, and moved his tassel to the other side of his cap, Jonathan Igou accomplished a goal that’s at least ten years in the making.

"If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I thought I was going to be a graduate with a bachelor’s degree, I would have told you probably not,” said Igou.

That’s because back then he was focused on a different goal: being the fourth generation of his family to serve...

Lessons for life

Fri, May 13, 2016 - 3:23pm

Nontraditional students were highlighted in the first day of commencement ceremonies at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University on Friday.

UNT held its second university-wide commencement ceremony at Apogee Stadium, where several hundred of the school’s more than 4,200 May graduates had their degrees conferred. The degree conferral, by the president, means their diplomas are certified and the students become alumni.

Steven Davidson, a December 2015 graduate, served as the keynote speaker. He highlighted how he started at UNT after serving in the military and dropping out of community college two...

Army Hero Inspires Fellow UNT Grads

Mon, May 16, 2016 - 3:09pm

As hundreds of University of North Texas graduates filed into Apogee Stadium for commencement Friday morning, it was an alumnus many of them knew well who was readying to give the keynote speech,; a man who many called a hero.

Steven Davidson just graduated UNT in the winter and said he’d planned to come back to walk with his classmates at the ceremony, but instead he accompanied the University president directly to the stage.

Davidson grew up in Justin and graduated from Northwest High School, but told the crowd Friday...

UNT Mom Graduates Despite Illness and Late Start

Thu, Dec 10, 2015 - 11:17pm

By Brian Scott

A single mother and now University of North Texas graduate is beating the odds after nearly losing her life.

Darla Ray will get her degree at Friday's UNT commencement ceremony after becoming a well-known figure to many on campus.

Ray spent the last few years living in the dorms on campus and attending classes and study groups, though as a 49-year-old mother of two, she is clearly not the typical student.

Ray divorced when both of her daughters were still young...

UNT to hand degrees to fall grads

Tue, Dec 8, 2015 - 5:25am


About 3,000 University of North Texas students will walk across the stage with other graduates from their respective colleges during fall recognition ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

Last spring, UNT opted for a mass commencement ceremony held in May, which features a keynote speaker but doesn’t include the conventional practice of having students walk across the stage one at a time to receive their degrees.

To fill the gap, college...