Commencement at the Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez

The University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) or Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (RUM)'s annual commencement exercises are held each mid-June, currently in the Rafael A. Mangual Coliseum. The exercises award undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Luisa Seijo's Invitation to the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez's 106th Commencement Ceremony

TraditionsEdit

Animal EncountersEdit

During the 104th Commencement, an agricultural sciences student brought one of his pet chickens, named Lencha, with him up to the stage to collect his degree.[1][2]

After the 106th Commencement, a student had her diploma cover bitten by the campus mascot dog, Tarzán, when posing with him for a photo.[3]

Posthumous DegreesEdit

In the event of a student's death before completing their degree, it is customary to present their closest of kin with the degree and a green toga.

Year Individual Degree Received by Notes Ref.
2003 Unidentified female student BS in Biology Unknown Though awarded in December 2002, the commencement exercises were not held until June 2003. [4]
2004 Oneida Vera López BA in Teaching Physical Education Francisco Vera Cruz and Irma L. López Hernández (parents) [5]
2004 Gilbert Vázquez Díaz BEEE Gilbert Vázquez (father) and Lorell Vázquez (sister) Degree was awarded "[t]o the cheers of "Gilbert, Gilbert, Gilbert" intoned by his graduating classmates." [5]
2006 Billy Joe Elías Carrero BS in Computer Science and Engineering Miriam M. Carrerro (mother) and Mairim Vega Carrero (sister) From Rincón. [6]
2011 Ángel David Hernández Medina BA in Teaching Physical Education Leila N. Medina and Baudillo Hernández (parents) Was part of the campus baseball and softball teams. [7]
2012 Walter Andrés Quiles Rodríguez BSCE and Surveying Gladys Rodríguez Polanco and Ángel Luis Quiles Rivera (parents) Was part of the campus volleyball team. [8]
2013 José Ángel Vázquez León BSBA in Computerized Information Systems Family Had died the previous February 7. [9]
2014 Josué López Alejandro BSCE and Surveying Family Had approved his licensure in fundamental engineering and would have graduated with high honors. [10]
2016 Rubén R. Franco Cruz BSME Parents and family From Cidra. [11]
2017 José L. Cordero Cordero BSA in Crop Protection Widow and children [12]
2017 José Rafael Atilano López BS in Geology José Atilano and Diana López (parents) and family Had passed away the week before the ceremony. Had been a student athlete as pitcher for both the campus baseball and softball teams, with which he reached a subchampionship at the LAI Festival. [13]

Past CeremoniesEdit

Ceremonies
# Date AM Session PM Session
95th 12 June 2009 Agricultural Sciences Business Administration
Engineering Arts and Sciences
96th * 10 October 2010 Business Administration Agricultural Sciences
Arts and Sciences Engineering
97th 26 June 2011 Agricultural Sciences Business Administration
Engineering Arts and Sciences
98th 15 June 2012 Business Administration Agricultural Sciences
Arts and Sciences Engineering
99th 14 June 2013 Business Administration Agricultural Sciences
Engineering Arts and Sciences
100th 13 June 2014 Business Administration Agricultural Sciences
Engineering Arts and Sciences
101st 12 June 2015 Business Administration Agricultural Sciences
Engineering Arts and Sciences
102nd 10 June 2016 Business Administration Agricultural Sciences
Engineering Arts and Sciences
103rd 13 January 2017 Agricultural Sciences

Arts and Sciences

Business Administration

Engineering

104th 16 July 2017 Agricultural Sciences Arts and Sciences
Business Administration
Engineering
105th 22 June 2018 Agricultural Sciences Business Administration
Engineering Arts and Sciences
106th 14 June 2019 Agricultural Sciences Arts and Sciences
Business Administration
Engineering
107th § December 2020

* The 99th Commencement was postponed to 10-10-2010 due to the 2010–2011 University of Puerto Rico strikes.[14]

† The 103rd Commencement was the first one to be held in January and had only an afternoon session.[15]

‡ The 104th Commencement was cancelled in 8 May, however it was held a month later due to the 2017 University of Puerto Rico strikes.[16]

§ The 107th Commencement was postponed from 11 June due to the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.[17]

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ de los Milagros-Colón, María (2017-07-17). "Lencha se robó el show en la graduación del RUM" [Lencha stole the show at the RUM graduation]. Primera Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  3. ^ Pérez, Ruby (2019-06-20). "Perro se comió el título de recién graduada (VIDEO VIRAL)" [Dog Ate the Degree of Recent Graduate (VIRAL VIDEO)]. La Verdad Noticias (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
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  6. ^ Rosa Vélez, Mariam Ludim (2006-06-09). "Celebran la nonagésima segunda graduación en el RUM" [The ninety-second graduation celebrated at RUM]. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  7. ^ Vélez Candelario, Azyadeth; Rosa Vélez, Mariam Ludim (2011-06-26). "Histórica graduación en el año del Centenario" [Historic graduation in the Centennial year]. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
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  9. ^ Rosa Vélez, Mariam Ludim (2013-06-14). "99 años de graduar profesionales de excelencia" [99 years of graduating professionals of excellence]. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
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  12. ^ Vélez Candelario, Azyadeth (2017-01-13). "¡La primera graduación en enero!" [The first graduation in January!]. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  13. ^ Rosa Vélez, Mariam Ludim (2017-08-17). "¡Viva la mística colegial!" [Long live the Colegial mystique!]. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
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