Photos: Spring 2019 UH Engineering Commencement Ceremony


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The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering celebrated the graduation of more than 600 engineers on Thursday, May 9 at the Fertitta Center.
The spring 2019 commencement featured a keynote address from Chang OH Turkmani, Managing Director at the Mega Company and Engineering Leadership Board Member (ELB).

The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering celebrated the graduation of more than 600 engineers on Thursday, May 9 at the Fertitta Center.

The proud graduates earned: 427 bachelor’s degrees, 141 master’s degrees and 45 doctorate degrees.

The keynote address was delivered by Chang Oh Turkmani, managing director at the Mega Company and a member of the Engineering Leadership Board (ELB).

Turkmani shared some heartfelt advice for engineering students, graduates and new engineers as they start the next chapter in their lives.

“The graduates today are now a part of another, even larger family.  You will go very few places around the world where you will not encounter other UH alumni, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe,” said Turkmani. “I encourage students to embrace that benefit and be an active member of this community.  Keep in touch with one another, help the next generation of students, and stay connected to UH.”

Other commencement speakers included, Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College; Fritz Claydon, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the division of student success at the Cullen College; and Durga Agrawal, a member of UH System Board of Regents.

The Cullen College is home to a diverse community of students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. Graduates at this year’s spring commencement hailed from over 40 different countries and ranged in age from 20 to 56 years old.

Syed Naqvi was the youngest graduate to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at 20 years old.

At 56 years young, Thomas Manning, earned his master’s degree in petroleum engineering.

At the ceremony engineering faculty, students and staff celebrated the 2018-2019 outstanding seniors:

Outstanding Senior of The Cullen College of Engineering

Dwight Theriot

Departmental Outstanding Seniors

Biomedical: Christopher Smith
Chemical: Michael Richmond
Civil: Sven Sorhus
Computer: Maria Medina
Electrical: Audrey Wang
Industrial: Britney Shum
Mechanical: Dwight Theriot
Petroleum: Nicholas Dunbar

View the photos from the 2019 Spring UH Engineering Commencement Ceremony, here.

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