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Michael Tubbs, the former mayor of Stockton, California, told graduates and guests at Commencement that the most valuable lessons would come from periods of struggle. Graduates should learn, he said, to turn pain into purpose and use rejection as redirection, to make the world a better place 50 years from now.
President Robert C. Robbins will confer about 8,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees at the university's 159th Commencement on May 12. The 90-minute ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium and will be streamed live on YouTube.
Nominated by faculty and peers, this year's seven student award winners were selected based on their determination, notable achievements and positive contributions to their families and communities.
More than two dozen UArizona students have been offered prestigious graduate fellowships totaling nearly $1.2 million. The awards come from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, NASA, National Institutes of Health and other organizations.
The Wildcat Writers program brings together teachers and students from UArizona and local high schools to work on shared writing projects. The community-based education program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
UArizona is home to one of few veterinary medicine degree programs that prepares students to enter the workforce in three years. The College of Veterinary Medicine's first class will graduate in August.
Amplified – one of four student a cappella groups at the university – will be the first Arizona team to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella finals. The award-winning ensemble has 15 student members – none of them music majors – who say what they are learning through a cappella is supporting their academic and professional ambitions.
The university will celebrate APIDA Heritage Month with a variety of events, including a henna night and talks on Chinese medicine. The university celebrates the heritage month in April before students depart for summer break.
UArizona is home to the nation's first collegiate para swimming program, which will soon wrap up its second season. The coach and founding members are looking forward to growing the team in the fall.
As a sizable asteroid makes a close pass by Earth, a team of UArizona students is ready to observe the action to practice and test procedures that could be useful in mitigating an impending asteroid impact in the future.