THE CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND THE POMP: UH
COMMENCEMENT TIP SHEET
About 6,700 students ranging in age from 18 to 92 will cross the
stage during the University of Houston 2007 spring commencement
ceremonies this week. A total of 4,653 students will receive bachelor’s
degrees, while 1,259 will receive master’s degrees and 274
will earn doctorate degrees. Five hundred and five students will
receive special professional degrees. Included among the graduates
are 32 students from Beijing who are part of the Bauer College of
Business’s first graduating class of Chinese MBA students.
Please consider these stories as you plan for graduation coverage.
IT ALL ADDS UP: 92-YEAR-OLD TO GRADUATE
WITH BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN MATH
Henry Pitcher, 92, will receive a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics
from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, completing
a quest that began in 1932 when he enrolled at Virginia’s
Washington and Lee University to study engineering. The Great Depression
forced him to drop out two years later to find work.
What followed has been a life well-lived, during which Pitcher
has continued to challenge himself, said his daughter, Cynthia Pitcher.
He worked for M.D. Kellogg, now part of Halliburton, and traveled
extensively as head of the company's foreign construction operations.
“You name it: He’s been there in the world,” she
Pitcher and his wife moved to Houston more than 30 years ago, where
they lived on and off until he retired here in the early 1980s.
He then studied to become a certified real estate appraiser and
worked as an appraiser for 10 years until he retired again at age
85. Pitcher also began running in his 70s, competing in both the
New York and Houston marathons.
In 1978 he resumed pursuit of his education, this time at the University
of Houston, where he took classes off and on until 1984. This past
fall, Pitcher, whose wife died a couple of years ago, renewed his
quest for a degree, contacting university officials to find out
how many hours he needed to graduate. After reviewing Pitcher’s
transfer credits, administrators determined he had enough hours
for his diploma.
Contact: Susan Hammons, 713-743-2624 or 713-816-6779.
BUSINESS BEYOND BORDERS: BEIJING
STUDENTS COMPLETE UNIQUE BAUER PROGRAM
UH will confer degrees on 32 students in Beijing who are enrolled
in an executive master’s of business administration in global
energy management (GEMBA) program offered by the Bauer College of
Business. Bauer initiated the program in 2006, offering it to senior
executives in China’s three largest energy companies. The
specialized curriculum provides industry workers with the knowledge
and skills necessary to advance their careers in the global energy
The GEMBA program is unique to the Bauer College and sets a standard
for educational programs in this industry. For the past two years
business professors have traveled to China to teach the class courses
in the energy value chain, international energy finance and emerging
energy technologies. The students recently completed their coursework
in Houston and will participate in this week’s commencement
“The GEMBA graduation cements Bauer’s position as a
leader and innovator in training students for the global economy,”
said Latha Ramchand, associate dean of Graduate and Professional
Programs at Bauer.
Contact: Shelley Nadel, 713-4348 or 281-797-1442.
A MATTER OF DEGREES: VETERAN BROADCASTER,
FORMER REGENT HONORED
The University of Houston will present honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters to two of its outstanding alumni. Broadcast journalist Ray
Miller and Houston businessman and former UH System Board of Regents
chairman Leonard Rauch will
be presented honorary degrees during separate commencement ceremonies
on Friday, May 11. Miller will receive his honorary degree during
the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences commencement at
9 a.m., and Rauch will be honored during the C.T. Bauer College
of Business graduate commencement at 7 p.m.
Many audiences are familiar with Miller from his work as newscaster
for KPRC radio and KPRC Channel 2, where he also was news director.
Miller earned acclaim from his television programs “The Eyes
of Texas” and “Ray Miller’s Texas.” He is
working on a new series titled “Texas, Our Texas.” Rauch
served on the UHS Board of Regents for three consecutive terms,
from 1967-1987, the longest tenure in the institution’s history.
Contact: Mike Emery, 713-743-8186.
Below is a list of commencement
Friday, May 11
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Hofheinz Pavilion, 9 a.m.
Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Cullen Performance Hall, 10 a.m.
UH Law Center
Hofheinz Pavilion, 2 p.m.
College of Technology
Hofheinz Pavilion, 6 p.m.
The Honors College
Location (to be announced), 6:30 p.m.
C.T. Bauer College of Business (Graduate)
Cullen Performance Hall, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
College of Education
Hofheinz Pavilion, 9 a.m.
College of Pharmacy
Cullen Performance Hall, 9 a.m.
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Architecture Atrium, 1 p.m.
C.T. Bauer College of Business (Undergraduate)
Hofheinz Pavilion, 1 p.m.
Graduate College of Social Work
Cullen Performance Hall, 1 p.m.
Cullen College of Engineering
Hofheinz Pavilion, 5 p.m.
College of Optometry
Cullen Performance Hall, 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 13
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Hofheinz Pavilion, 2 p.m.
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