Sendoff for the summer

Mon, Aug 11, 2014 - 10:03am

More than 1,000 students graduated from the University of North Texas on Saturday, in the two final summer commencement ceremonies for UNT — at least for now.

The 1 p.m. ceremony for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences was the last of three summer ceremonies that graduated more than 1,800 students.

Next year, President Neal Smatresk hopes the summer graduates will be able to participate in a larger May ceremony instead.

“You never say it’s the last forever, but for now, we’re discontinuing them,” he said.

The summer ceremonies...

Graduation day arrives, traffic may fill UNT streets

Fri, Jun 6, 2014 - 1:54pm

Today is graduation day for nearly 1,500 high school seniors from the Denton school district.

Ceremonies for Denton’s three comprehensive high schools begin at 11 a.m. with Denton High School, followed by Guyer High at 2:30 p.m. and Ryan High at 6 p.m. All three graduation ceremonies will take place at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

A spring graduation for 31 graduates at Fred Moore High School, Denton’s alternative high school, took place Wednesday at the UNT Gateway Center.

“It is such an exciting time because each school individualizes its own graduation to reflect its student body,” said Sharon...

UNT student, paralyzed from car crash, walks across stage

Tue, May 13, 2014 - 2:23pm

DENTON, Texas -A young woman who has had to overcome life-changing obstacles was able to accomplish her goal of graduating from the University of North Texas at Denton. However, Emily Hernandez did not have the same motivations to walk the stage as most other graduates.Hernandez barely survived a horrendous accident in 2009 which killed a friend in her vehicle. She was driving to class at UNT when her truck hit a guard-rail in Saginaw and flew off a bridge on Interstate 820. She is paralyzed from the waist down. She suffered serious injuries including a broken neck and back, her lungs collapsed twice and her brain...

Up-and-coming math and science teachers among college students graduating across North Texas

Mon, May 12, 2014 - 1:37pm

Twenty-two math and science majors made history Sunday night when they walked across the stage at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center.

Students like 21-year-old Kaitlyn O’Dell were the first to graduate from the university’s UTeach Arlingtonprogram that started in 2010 to address a shortage of high school math and science teachers.

O’Dell was recruited for the program, which weaves teaching experience into their math and science coursework. Students start with elementary education training and build up to high school education...

Graduation ceremonies underway for UNT, TWU

Mon, May 12, 2014 - 1:28pm

Wearing caps and gowns and smiles on their faces, hundreds of Denton university students will transition from students to alumni today, during the second day of commencement ceremonies for local colleges.

Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas will have multiple ceremonies today, after hundreds graduated Friday.

The ceremonies mark the first for new UNT President Neal Smatresk and the final events for outgoing TWU President and Chancellor Ann Stuart.

“I’m looking forward to shaking those hands and congratulating them all, and being part of their journey,” Stuart said. “It is a step in...