UTPB will hold Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 518 graduates will receive their diplomas in three ceremonies held at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM1788, Midland, Texas 79707.
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9 a.m. ceremony
1 p.m. ceremony
4 p.m. ceremony
Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, sole finalist for the position of president of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin will give the commencement address at each of the 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ceremonies. Woodley is no stranger to the UT System. Woodley served as the System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives from 2010 to 2013. During that time she led long-term strategic planning, policy research and accountability efforts. Woodley worked directly with senior-level academic and professional teams and faculty to develop policies, initiatives and analytics related to the long-term vision of the System, especially those related to improving graduation rates, degree production, affordability and student debt.
Woodley left UT to serve as the chief executive officer for the University of Louisiana System, a post she held from 2013-2016. There she led the state’s largest higher education system, which serves about 90,000 students at nine universities. Woodley worked with the state’s governor and legislature, the system’s Board of Regents, as well as campus presidents and members of the public on matters of higher education policy.
She is currently engaged in multiple higher education consulting projects that include providing strategic planning during a time of transition with Kentucky State University; serving as senior strategy advisor for the National Association of System Heads; and serving as senior fellow for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where she is conducting policy research for AASCU’s Leadership Academy.
Woodley earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration, where she focused on finance and economics, from Auburn University. She also holds a Doctor of Business Administration Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Brian Schroeder will give the alumni address. Schroeder is the assistant controller with the Sewell Family of Companies. He earned his Bachelors and then his Masters in Accountancy from UTPB in 2009 and 2012 respectively. While attending UTPB, Schroeder was a member of the Falcon swim team from 2006-2010 and became a co-captain during his Junior and Senior year. He currently participates in organizations such as the Young Professionals of Odessa and the Bridge Church. During his free time, Brian enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and spending time with his wife and two sons.
The Spanish Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in the Rea Greathouse Room. This ceremony honors graduates from Spanish speaking families.
Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed for the first time. They can be found at youtube.com/utpb or by clicking the graduation link on the UTPB homepage.
All parking areas will be available for open parking. Car pooling and early arrival is recommended. Following each commencement, a reception will be held in the Lobby.