Faculty, staff, family and friends gathered on the evening of Thursday, December18 to salute the summer and fall 2014 graduating class. The honored guests were among more than 400 College of Technology students who received their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees during the ceremony held on Friday, December 19.
Award-winning students were recognized during the program, including the Dean’s Medal recipient, the honorary College of Technology Outstanding Student, and the Banner Bearers. The Banner Bearers represented the entire College, Graduate Studies and the four departments during the commencement ceremony.
Kevang Desai, John Liptrap, and Dennis Smith won the Dean’s Medal of Academic Excellence, an honor that is awarded to the College’s highest-ranking student, graduating with a grade point average of 3.75 or above with the final 66 hours in residence at the University of Houston. A one thousand dollar award accompanies the medal.
John Liptrap was named College of Technology Outstanding Undergraduate Student, an award that provides an opportunity to celebrate a student who has demonstrated remarkable academic achievements, considerable research activity, and a strong awareness of social and cultural concerns marked by their involvement in organized community service programs or activities. The winning student must have completed a minimum of 54 hours in residence at the University of Houston. A one thousand dollar award accompanied this honor.
The Graduate Studies Banner Bearer, Rawan Abu-Khurma, earned her Master of Science degree in Supply Chain and Logistics Technology. The overall College of Technology Banner Bearer, Kevang Desai, earned his B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems in the Department of Information and Logistics Technology. Departmental Banner Bearers included Taras Boichenko, B.S. Computer Information Systems, Department of Information and Logistics Technology; Arturo Garcia, B.S., Construction Management, Department of Construction Management; Ahmed Hassanin, B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Department of Engineering Technology; and Dennis Smith, B.S., Retailing and Consumer Science, Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences.