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...

UNT senior paralyzed in crash vows to walk across stage at graduation

Mon, May 12, 2014 - 1:25pm

DENTON -- It is the culmination of four years of hard work, and in the family home in Saginaw, reality is starting to set in for 23-year-old Emily Rose Hernandez.On Saturday, she will be an alumna of the University of North Texas, graduating with a degree in art education, but not before she tackles the biggest challenge of her college career."I never really thought of graduating in a wheelchair," Hernandez said.On Aug. 28, 2009, Hernandez was her way to her second day of class at UNT. She was driving from Saginaw to Denton when investigators think a tire came off her truck. She went over a barrier, broke dozens of bones, and...

Some exams overlap with Denton universities’ graduation ceremonies

Mon, Dec 16, 2013 - 1:26pm

While some students stood on stage in caps and gowns Friday, others put the pencil to the paper to complete their final exams.

Final exams will conclude today at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, some at the same time as commencement activities for December graduates.

Few, if any, students had exams overlap with their scheduled commencements, representatives for the universities said. For those students, the priority is commencement, said Warren Burggren, provost at UNT.

“I’d tell them to go to the ceremony. That’s the proper place to be,” he said.

The last day of finals was...