Special Report: 2015 Commencement

By UM News

Special Report: 2015 Commencement

By UM News
Joyous celebrations erupt at the BankUnited Center over three days through May 9, as more than 3,500 newly-minted degrees are granted during six commencement ceremonies.

Commencement Links

Commencement Highlights

Army ROTC Graduates Celebrate

May 9, 2015: Second Lieutenant Robert Formica – who earned his A.B. in history from the UM College of Arts & Sciences – served as the U-Co Company Commander. The future military intelligence officer called the Battalion “one of the most distinguished groups to come through this program in decades.”

Medical Students Begin Path of Healing

May 9, 2015: William Burns, M.D., a former Naval aviation officer and class president at the Miller School of Medicine, told his fellow graduates that “there is no doubt in my mind that the Class of 2015 will have a significant impact on the future of medicine.”

A Checklist for Success

May 8, 2015: Singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who received an honorary doctor of music degree Friday, told students: “I started out as a bar singer in Coral Gables, and now I’ve got a doctorate degree. You have to love that kind of evolutionary process.” He shared his four-point checklist for success with students, which not surprisingly, puts a lot of focus on passion.

Senior Mwambo Ceremony Honors UM’s Black Graduates

May 7, 2015: Little did international student Patrick Masala realize that the ceremony he established in 1992 to celebrate the achievements of the University of Miami’s black graduates would become a time-honored tradition at the institution. But that is precisely what Senior Mwambo has become.

Graduate Degree Students Focus on Success

May 7, 2015: Angela Davis, whose mother and father flew in from Saginaw, Michigan, to see her receive her master's degree in music therapy, wants to use her knowledge to help premature infants and older people with dementia to cope. “There are so many others who benefit from music therapy,” Davis said.

Inaugural Lavender Celebration Held

May 7, 2015: Carlo B. Zepeda, who received his M.S. in Latin American Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences, said the Lavender Celebration was “fantastic,” adding, “It is nice to be included and to see the University acknowledging its LGBTQ student community.”

Student Profiles

  • Elaine Golden
    Elaine Golden
  • Edward Laird
    Edward Laird
  • Letitia Gallego Cruz
    Letitia Gallego Cruz
  • Matthew Fernandez
    Matthew Fernandez
  • William Hector
    William Hector
  • Audrey Winkelsas
    Audrey Winkelsas
  • Noel Christian Pace
    Noel Christian Pace
  • Nick Swyter
    Nick Swyter
  • Imani Williams
    Imani Williams

The Future: Job Market Outlook Favorable

Job Market Outlook Infographic

The class of 2015 will enter a very positive job market as employers plan to hire 9.6 percent more graduates than last year and will offer a median average salary of $50,000, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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