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College Success Stories Ė Showcase of USTís 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to UST’s graduating class of 2017, more than 950 students who have claimed the degrees they’ve worked so hard to earn and commenced their next adventures! We’re all very proud of our graduates and hope their education at UST has prepared them for terrific success in their studies and careers.

Graduates, family and friends gathered at the University of St. Thomas Commencement on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at NRG Arena. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, presented the keynote address. Stephanie T. Canahuati delivered the student commencement speech.

Many voice students from the Music department were accepted into prestigious graduate school vocal and opera programs all over the country! Our planned Performing and Fine Arts Center will give future music and art students the opportunity to refine their talents.

Here’s just a small sampling of the bright stars of the 2017 graduating class and their impressive achievements. Our graduates reflect on their experiences at UST, share plans for what’s next and highlight favorite classes and professors. 

Maghen LormandMaghen Lormand Brings Her A-Game

Major: Applied Mathematics    

“My experience at UST has been amazing. The relationships I’ve built with fellow students, faculty and staff are ones that I plan on lasting a lifetime. UST is so much more than just a place to get an education.”

Erin NovakFaith Powers Reason in Erin Novak’s Work

Majors: Biology & Theology    

“My experience at UST has truly been a blessing. This school offers such an amazing liberal arts education that fosters one into becoming a well-rounded person.

Learning about God and the reason for our existence is so important to being a good person and member of society, and is necessary in any career, whether it be in the medical field, teaching or the business world.”

Sydney KellerSydney Keller Wins a Spot in UT’s Law School

Majors: Psychology, Political Science, Pre-Law, Honors Program

“My experience at UST has been fantastic. I love the small, family-like atmosphere. The professors and students are extremely friendly and always willing to help.

I really like how the Psychology program allows undergraduate students to conduct research and run their own experiments. It has provided me with a unique insight into psychology.”

Becky ArmentaBecky Armenta Heads to Graduate School for a Song

Major: Music

“UST allowed me to grow not only as a vocalist but as a person and professional. I gained the confidence to go the extra mile with my education. UST gives you specialized attention, supportive professors and peers and, most importantly, a sense of community.”

Katherine GlinkaKatherine Glinka Preps for Vocal Studies Act Two

Major: Music

“UST is an institution that sparks creativity with an environment dedicated to help students improve their Christian foundation and excel in every aspect of their field of study.

Most importantly, at UST you will know the faculty and develop a personal relationship with them.”

Megan VaughanMegan Vaughan Finds Happiness in H-Town

Major: Music

“My experience at UST has been great. I came from Colorado, and the culture has been both different and wonderful here in Houston. Also, my classes have just been excellent! I feel so blessed to have been able to go to a school where disciplines are synthesized.”

Luisana RivasLuisana Rivas Anticipates Vocal Master’s Program

Major: Music

“My experience at UST was incredibly rewarding. I loved the excellent music faculty, the beautiful campus, the small class sizes, the great academics and so much more!

As an international transfer student from Venezuela, things like language and cultural differences were sometimes a challenge. However, we are lucky to be located in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. I always felt welcomed and appreciated at UST!”  

Graphic showing average first-year salary for University of St. Thomas Houston graduates

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