Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Dec. 19-20

City Council Members, Local Leaders to Receive MBAs, Houston Mayor Bill White to Deliver Remarks

Fall commencement ceremonies for University of Houston colleges are scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20.

Among the highlights of this weekend's ceremonies will be the awarding of master of business administration degrees to Houston City Council member Ronald Green, former Houston City Council member Carol Alvarado and two members of city of Houston Mayor Bill White's staff:  Terence Fontaine, deputy chief of staff for operations, and Issa Dadoush, director of the city's General Services Department. All four entered Bauer's MBA program together. In support of their achievement, White will give brief remarks at Bauer's graduate ceremony Dec. 19.

Below is a list of times and locations for ceremonies and links to Web pages with additional information.

DEC. 19

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: 9 a.m., Hofheinz Pavilion
Student speakers: J. Matthew Boyleston, Ph.D., English - Creative Writing; Rivka Mignonne Reitsis Noskeau, B.A., Theatre. For details, visit http://www.class.uh.edu/commencement.html.

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management: 10 a.m., Cullen Performance Hall
Guest speaker: John Rydman, president and owner of Spec's Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods
For details, visit http://www.hrm.uh.edu/cnhc/ShowCalendarEvent.asp?c=14644.

Cullen College of Engineering: 3 p.m., Cullen Performance Hall
Guest speaker: D. Wayne Klotz, president of Klotz Associates Inc.
For details, visit  http://www.egr.uh.edu/academics/graduation/.

College of Technology: 4 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion
Guest speaker: Thaddeus "Bo" Smith, UH alumnus, former UH System regent and CEO of Smith Global Services Inc.
For details, visit  http://www.tech.uh.edu/College/Academic_Services_Center/Graduation/Guide/.

Bauer College of Business (graduate): 7 p.m., Cullen Performance Hall
Guest speakers: Richard E. Wainerdi, president, CEO and COO of the Texas Medical Center with opening remarks from Houston Mayor Bill White.
For details visit http://www.bauer.uh.edu/news-center/ticker/2008/dec/commencement-speakers.asp.

DEC. 20

College of Education: 9 a.m., Hofheinz Pavilion
Student speaker: Nathalia Giraldo Léon, B.A., Human Development and Family Studies
For details, visit http://www.coe.uh.edu/mycoe/coestu/grad/grad_coordinator.cfm.

Bauer College of Business (undergraduate): 2 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion
Guest speaker: Melvyn L. Wolff, chairman of the board at Star Furniture
For details, visit  http://www.bauer.uh.edu/news-center/ticker/2008/dec/commencement-speakers.asp

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