Celebrating 2015 Graduates


Dr. William E. Fitzgibbon III, Dean and Kadi Kullerkann, College of Technology Outstanding Student
Dr. William E. Fitzgibbon III, Dean and Kadi Kullerkann, College of Technology Outstanding Student

Faculty, staff, family and friends gathered on the morning of Thursday, May 14 to celebrate with the spring 2015 graduates.

Award-winning students were recognized during the program, including the Dean’s Medal recipients, the honorary College of Technology Outstanding Student, Outstanding Graduate Student, Engineering Technology Outstanding Student, and six graduation ceremony Banner Bearers. 

The Banner Bearers represented the entire College, Graduate Studies and the four departments during commencement ceremony.

Graduate Studies Banner Bearer, Sami Elestwani, earned his Master of Science degree in Global Retailing. 

Graduate student, Ahmed Hassanin, was honored for his excellent work as a researcher and teaching assistant. Hassanin is working toward his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Karolyn Barber and Sarwat Osmani, 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.

Honorary College of Technology Honorary Banner Bearer, Karolyn Barber earned her B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the Department of Information and Logistics Technology and a minor in Business Foundations from the UH Bauer College of Business. Sarwat Osmani earned her B.S. in Biotechnology, and minor in Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing.

Named College of Technology Outstanding Undergraduate Student, Kadi Kullerkann received her B.S. in Digital Media. This award provides an opportunity to celebrate remarkable academic achievements, considerable research activity, and a strong awareness of social and cultural concerns marked by 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.

In recognition of exemplary performance of an Engineering Technology student, Jesse McDade, who earned his B.S. in Electrical Power Engineering Technology was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the Department of Engineering Technology. A $500 prize accompanied the award. 

Banner Bearers for each of the other departments included Andrew Cordova, B.S., Construction Management, Department of Construction Management; Vi Hua, B.S., Retailing and Consumer Science, Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences; Ariana Ibarra B.S., Supply Chain and Logistics Technology, Department of Information and Logistics Technology; and Sarwat Osmani, B.S., Biotechnology, Department of Engineering Technology.