December 29, 2017 | UHCL Staff
University of Houston-Clear Lake President Ira K. Blake, left, is shown with student dignitaries before the noon commencement ceremony for fall 2017 graduates on Dec. 17 at NRG Arena, Houston. Pictured with Blake is student orientation leader Sai Shankar Ramakrishnan, who represented the new graduates for acceptance into the UHCL Alumni Association; Minh-Sang Lu, vice president of the Student Government Association, who delivered the ceremony’s invocation and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology; Sandy Samaan, graduate of Texas’ Joint Admission Medical Program, who delivered the benediction and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology; and Neelesh C. Mutyala, student regent from the University of Houston System Board of Regents, who delivered commencement greetings on behalf of UH System. Nearly 450 students graduated from the College of Education and College of Science and Engineering at the noon event. At 5 p.m., 550 students graduated from the College of Business and the College of Human Sciences and Humanities.