HOUSTON — The University of Houston-Clear Lake will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates at the spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at noon and 5 p.m. Sunday at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park.

Graduates from the School of Human Sciences and Humanities and the School of Science and Computer Engineering, addressed by keynote speaker Harris County Judge Edward M. Emmett, will cross the stage at noon. Commencement for graduates from the School of Business and the School of Education will be at 5 p.m., with the keynote speaker being State Rep. Greg Bonnen. 

Emmett has served as Harris County judge since March 2007 while also serving as the director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Houston-Galveston Area Transportation Policy Council and chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board.

In 1989, Emmett was nominated by President George H.W. Bush as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission, was confirmed unanimously by the U. S.  Senate and served on the commission for three years.

He served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979-1987, and during that time held positions on both the Committee on Energy and Transportation Committee as well as representing the state on numerous issues relating to energy and transportation policy.

Dr. Bonnen represents Galveston County in the Texas House of Representatives. He serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Committee on Insurance.

He has been appointed to the Appropriations Article 3 subcommittee, a committee that addresses funding for higher education and public education, has been elected by colleagues to serve on the caucus policy committee and is a member of the House Energy Caucus as well as the Energy Council.

In 2003, Bonnen and his team of partners founded Houston Physician’s Hospital, where he serves as a chairman on the board.

Of the 1,191 spring graduates, 992 will be participating in the ceremony. Of these, 526 will be awarded degrees during the first ceremony and 466 in the second ceremony. 

To kickoff the celebration, the UHCL Office of Alumni and Community Relations will host the Soaring Hawks Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the university’s Bayou Building, Atrium II, 2700 Bay Area Blvd.

Soon-to-be alumni will enjoy music, raffles and a graduation photo booth to make the night a memorable one. The bookstore will be open for any last-minute graduation purchases.

Tickets for this event are free and will be mailed to each graduate. Extra tickets are provided free of charge in the Office of Alumni and Community Relations through noon Thursday.

Call 281-283-2021 or 281-283-2525, email alumni@uhcl.edu or visit www.uhcl.edu/commencement.

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