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Spring 2020 Graduation Gallery

Eva Recoussine leaps in front of the TI Plaza fountain and extends her arm as she holds a mortarboard.
Eva Recoussine has made the leap into post-undergraduate life after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The former UTD Power Dancer plans to apply to graduate schools in the fall and pursue either a master’s degree or a PhD in clinical or social psychology. At UTD, she also served as a peer advisor with Residential Life and recruitment director for CometTHON. “I have grown so much through my years at UTD, and I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life,” she said.
Mohit Jain wears graduation regalia as he smiles while sitting on the campus mall.
Mohit Jain earned a master’s degree in business analytics from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. After graduation, he plans to become an analyst. His experience at a UTD global leadership retreat last fall will always be with him. “We were around 60 people from multiple parts of the globe and took part in various workshops that were way more fun than I expected. I learned a lot, especially, different communication styles and understanding people,” he said.
Jasmine Robinson, decked in graduation regalia, smiles.
Jasmine Robinson graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.
Graduate Maria Maldonado leans against a banner of Temoc riding a motorcycle.
Maria Maldonado earned a bachelor’s degree in child learning and development from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. After graduation, she plans to look for a job in an elementary school and pursue a master’s degree. “My favorite memory at UTD was all the educational experiences with all my teachers. I love UTD teachers because they are well-prepared to share their knowledge with their students. My experience at UTD was great!” she said.
Kathrine Makovec wears graduation regalia for a photo in front of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory.Kathrine Makovec earned a master’s degree in applied cognition and neuroscience from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. After graduation, she hopes to land a job in neuroscience. “My favorite UTD memory was being accepted into my lab, working with veterans and Dr. John Hart,” she said.
Graduate Robert Heemann leans his arms on a railing.Robert Heemann earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. For the past two years, he was a student worker in the Jonsson School as a web developer.
Nachiket Degaonkar wears graduation regalia and sunglasses while standing in front of the entrance sign of the Engineering and Computer Science South building.
Nachiket Degaonkar graduated with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to looking for a job after graduation, he is considering pursuing a PhD or joining the Air Force.
Zoha Rehman smiles for a graduation picture.
Zoha Rehman earned a bachelor’s degree in emerging media and communication from the School of Arts and Technology. After graduation, she wants to pursue a job in teaching. Her favorite UTD memory? “The ATEC building because I met all my friends there, and we had so many memories in that building, from studying, making projects, to even just sitting and talking about random things,” she said.
Melissa Nunez, dressed in graduation regalia, smiles for a photo in front of a staircase.Melissa Nunez earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. After graduation, Nunez, who served as a medic in the Army for 16 years, plans to continue her pursuit of becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor.
Varaidzo Zvobgo smiles for a photo.Varaidzo Zvobgo earned a PhD in public affairs from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. She plans to use her optical planning training and apply for jobs in academia.
A collage shows a picture of Nisha and Vishal Rajesh as UTD graduates and a picture of them as young children.
Nisha (left) and Vishal Rajesh have been by each other’s side all the way from preschool to their undergraduate days at UT Dallas. The brother and sister both graduated this spring with bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Nisha, who graduated cum laude, will pursue a master’s degree at UTD, while Vishal, who graduated summa cum laude and also earned a minor in neuroscience, will head to the Joe R. And Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.
Sharidyn Kelton stands with her arm up and leg kicked to the side as she stands in front of a reflecting pool.
Sharidyn Kelton earned a bachelor’s degree in child learning and development from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. After graduation, she hopes to continue her career as a behavioral therapist.
Hiba Mobarak grabs her orange UTD sash while seated underneath the Trellis.Hiba Mobarak graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.
Savannah Pillow tosses a graduation cap into the air while standing on the campus mall.Savannah Pillow earned a master’s degree in communication disorders from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. In August, she will be a speech language pathologist for Frisco Independent School District elementary schools.
Meredith Carter stands next to a congratulations sign in her yard.
Meredith Carter earned an Executive MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. “My favorite memory was seeing members of our cohort recognized with the Springate Cup,” she said.
Vedehi Poddar shows off her grad cap design that says Coming Soon to a Hospital Near You.
Vedehi Poddar graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in health care management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management this spring. In September, she will join HCA Healthcare as a manager-in-training.
Jideofor Anyanwu, dressed in a suit and tie, smiles for a photo in front of a door.Jideofor Anyanwu graduated with a master’s degree in geosciences from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Marily Hernandez, wearing a UTD seniors shirt, holds a framed photo of herself from kindergarten graduation.
Marily Hernandez has come a long way since her graduation from kindergarten when she was 5 years old (in the picture she is holding). This spring, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management. After college, Hernandez hopes to work in human resources and become certified by the Society for Human Resource Management. Her favorite memories from UTD are spending lunch breaks at the Student Union with her friends and peers.