The University of North Texas (UNT) is set to honor more than 6,000 students for their academic achievements in a series of nine commencement ceremonies from December 15th to 17th. The events, taking place at the UNT campus in the Coliseum and the Murchison Performing Arts Center, will celebrate the completion of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees earned during the summer and fall semesters.
The diverse group of graduates includes individuals who have overcome significant challenges and made remarkable accomplishments. Among them is Brent Mundell, a native of Canada, who despite his struggle with dyslexia, is graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in digital analytics. Mundell’s journey also includes personal challenges and triumphs, such as completing his first marathon in 2019.
Steven Menchaca, a military veteran, represents the determination and dedication of UNT students. While pursuing his degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Menchaca balanced his academic responsibilities with fatherhood, often attending online classes with his infant son. His final project, focused on designing a new aircraft seat, showcases his innovative spirit and commitment to his field.
Breaking barriers with her academic pursuit, Minnie Payne, at the age of 90, will be the oldest individual to earn a master’s degree at UNT. Her inspiring journey through poverty, a long career, and continuous education, culminating in a master’s in interdisciplinary studies, highlights the university’s commitment to lifelong learning.
Ethan Nguyen’s story of resilience is equally compelling. Despite a debilitating hand injury, Nguyen is graduating with a master’s degree in Jazz Studies. His journey through recovery and adaptation exemplifies the spirit of perseverance that UNT fosters in its students.
Each of these students’ stories embodies the diverse and dynamic community at UNT, showcasing a commitment to academic excellence and personal growth. The university’s virtual commencement experience, along with the schedule of individual college ceremonies, can be accessed online, providing an opportunity for friends and family to participate in celebrating these significant milestones.