UTPB will hold Summer Commencement at 7 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017. 232 graduates will receive their diplomas in a ceremony that will be held at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM1788, Midland, Texas 79707.
William H. McRaven, Chancellor of The University of Texas System will deliver the commencement address. As the chief executive officer of the UT System, Chancellor McRaven oversees the 14 UT System institutions that educate more than 228,000 students and employ approximately 20,000 faculty and 80,000 health care professionals, researchers and staff. McRaven’s tenure as Chancellor has been marked by his dedication to collaborative programs among the institutions, a focus on student success and a commitment to support UT institutions as they educate the leaders of tomorrow and produce research and discoveries that increase knowledge and improve lives in Texas and around the world.
A retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, prior to becoming chancellor in January 2015, McRaven was the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. He is recognized nationally as an authority on strategic leadership and has been honored by numerous national and international organizations.
McRaven grew up in San Antonio and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977. He received his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1991.
Kevin Slater will give the alumni address. He graduated from UTPB with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988 while attending night school and working for a small industrial instrument and controls company. In 1994, Slater started his own company, Slater Controls, Inc. Slater Controls now has offices in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Farmington and Amarillo. In 2009, he formed a second company named Autrol U.S. which manufactures engineered industrial pressure and temperature instruments. Slater currently serves on the UTPB Development Board and the UTPB Engineering Advisory Board Committee.
He has been married for 36 years to his high school sweetheart, Marcia. He has two children and four grandchildren.
All Parking areas will be available for open parking. Car pooling and early arrival is recommended. Following commencement, a reception will be held in the lobby.