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December 16, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler to Hold Fall 2009 Commencement

The University of Texas at Tyler will hold fall commencement ceremonies December 18 and 19, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Seven hundred and forty one degree candidates will be recognized in the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The commencement schedule is:

  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences – 3 p.m. Dec. 18;
  • College of Arts and Sciences – 6 p.m. Dec. 18;
  • College of Business and Technology – 10 a.m. Dec. 19; and
  • Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering and Computer Science – 1 p.m. Dec. 19.

Commencement speakers and the ceremonies during which they will speak are:

  • Dr. John English, Bethesda Clinic executive director/medical director – Colleges of Nursing and Health Sciences and Arts and Sciences.

English oversees all day-to-day operations and acts as a liaison between the clinic and its many community collaborators. He served as a physician for the Trinity Clinic in Tyler for seven years. English earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1993 and completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with a specialty in family practice.

  • Amy Proctor, Texas Bank and Trust Company vice president and trust officer – College of Business and Technology.

Proctor is a certified public accountant and a summa cum laude graduate of UT Tyler with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting.  Her professional experience includes serving as senior trust officer and personal trust division manager, trust operations manager, commercial lender and chief financial officer with various financial institutions, Controller of Best Bird Foods, Inc. and tax manager at Henry & Peters, PC.

  • Dr. James Nelson, UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science dean – Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering and Computer Science.

Nelson joined the UT Tyler faculty in summer of 2005. At UT Tyler, he was the founding chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and instituted the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. In 2006, he became dean. He holds a bachelor of civil engineering degree from the University of Dayton and master of science degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering, both from the University of Houston. He is a registered professional engineer in four states and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education member.


President Mabry will give remarks and certify the degree candidates at each ceremony.

Presentation of degree candidates will be made by the deans of each of the university’s colleges: Dr. Alisa White, Arts and Sciences; Dr. Harold Doty, Business and Technology; Dr. William Geiger, Education and Psychology; Dr. James Nelson, Engineering and Computer Science; and Dr. Linda Klotz, Nursing and Health Sciences.

UT Tyler alumni representative Roy Guerra Martinez will give alumni association presentations.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

Fall 2009 Degree Candidates Lists:


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