HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at May 6 UTSA Commencement ceremony

Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

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(May 2, 2011)--Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, will be the keynote speaker at the UTSA Commencement ceremony for graduation candidates in the College of Education and Human Development at 6 p.m., Friday, May 6 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. UTSA President Ricardo Romo will be the keynote speaker at the UTSA ceremonies May 5 and May 7.

After Saturday's ceremonies, UTSA will have nearly 85,000 alumni; more than 3,400 graduation candidates will walk across the stage this week.

Sebelius has been a leader on health care, family and seniors issues for more than 20 years. As the country’s highest-ranking health official, she is guiding the implementation of the historic Affordable Care Act. Additionally, she is at the forefront of the Obama administration’s efforts to build a 21st century health care system from putting a new focus on prevention to promoting electronic health records to expanding the primary care workforce.

Under her leadership, the Department of Health and Human Services has played a leading role in meeting some of the country’s biggest challenges of the last two years, providing critical support to families during the economic downturn and coordinating the U.S. government response to H1N1 flu.

Before joining the Obama administration, Sebelius served as Kansas governor and was named one of Time magazine's Top Five Governors. While serving as Kansas insurance commissioner, Governing magazine named her Public Official of the Year.

Spring 2011 UTSA Commencement ceremonies are:

  • 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • 2 p.m., Friday, May 6, Honors College
  • 6 p.m., Friday, May 6, College of Education and Human Development
  • 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7, College of Business
  • 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, College of Engineering, College of Sciences
  • 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, College of Public Policy

>> The UTSA commencement ceremonies will be telecast live on AT&T U-verse channel 99, Grande Cable channel 21 and Time Warner Cable channel 98 and on the UTSA Distance Learning and Academic Technology website.

>> Free parking for commencement ceremonies will be available in lot 5 adjacent to the Convocation Center. For directions, view a UTSA Main Campus map.

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UTSA Spring 2011 Commencement preliminary statistics
(Statistics may change when finalized in June 2011)

College

Undergraduates

Master's

Doctoral

Total

Architecture

125

36

0

161

Business

635

142

1

778

Education and Human Development

451

220

9

680

Engineering

122

57

5

184

Liberal and Fine Arts

862

108

1

971

Public Policy

150

66

6

222

Sciences

367

76

4

447

Honors College

2

0

0

2

Total

2,714

705

26

3,445

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the third largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 30,000 students in more than 130 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.