UIW Celebrates Fall 2009 Class

Over 600 University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) graduates will cross the stage this weekend at the university’s Fall 2009 Commencement Ceremonies.  Three commencement ceremonies will be held to accommodate the large number of graduates.  The first ceremony is set for Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. with two ceremonies set for Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The ceremonies will be held at the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center (4301 Broadway) and will also be broadcast online.  Access to the Web broadcast will be available at www.uiw.edu beginning thirty minutes prior to each ceremony.

On Friday, Dec. 11, UIW will honor all graduate students and doctoral candidates.  Texas State Representative Dan Branch will deliver the commencement address.  Rep. Branch serves as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas (Dist. 108). Raised in San Antonio, and a graduate of MacArthur High School in Northeast ISD, Branch now represents central Dallas, including the Town of Highland Park and the City of University Park in the Texas Legislature.

Rep. Branch is the Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, a member of the Legislative Budget Board, and serves on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. This year, he was elected by his House colleagues in North Texas to lead the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation. Prior to this session, he chaired a select committee on education finance, and served on the House Appropriations, Public Education and Calendars Committees.  A graduate of the SMU School of Law and the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University, he also holds two undergraduate degrees from Oklahoma Christian University, graduating summa cum laude in 1980.

The morning commencement, on Saturday, Dec. 12, will honor graduates of the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and the School of Interactive Media and Design.  The afternoon commencement celebration on Dec. 12 will honor the graduates of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, the Dreeben School of Education, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

UIW Moody Professor Mary Ruth Moore, Ph.D., will provide the commencement address at both Saturday ceremonies. Moore is a professor of education in UIW’s Dreeben School of Education.  She holds degrees from Baylor University, Butler University and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.   Prior to coming to UIW in 1993, Moore completed twenty-five years of service at the elementary level in schools in Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and South Carolina and was teacher of the year at the local, district, and state levels in three states. In 2001, she received the first Higher Education Award from the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2003, she was named a Piper Professor for the state of Texas by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. In 2008, she was recognized by the City of San Antonio for outstanding service to the children and families of San Antonio. Moore provides professional development for teachers at the district and local levels. During the past 20 years, she has trained thousands of teachers in literacy and play techniques.

Since coming to Incarnate Word Moore has actively served in the early childhood community of San Antonio. She is the author of numerous articles, curriculum guides, and other educational materials. Her research interests in both play and literacy have included research trips to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, Italy, and Scotland.  The Moody Professor traditionally delivers the Commencement address to the December graduates and this address is often considered the students’ “last class.”

A Baccalaureate Mass will take place in the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11.  Processional and recessional music will be performed by the San Antonio Pipes and Drums. Musical direction will be provided by UIW Professors William Gokelman and Deborah Bussineau-King.

For more information, contact Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations at 210-829-6001 or at mlgarci2@uiwtx.edu.

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