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UTRGV senior Ester Navarro, of McAllen, will accept her bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations on Saturday, Dec. 15. Her family will be seated in the bleachers watching her walk across the stage at the McAllen Convention Center to receiver her diploma. Her family is grateful she never gave up on her ambitions and picked herself up to continue. Ester is eager to thank her family for their support and not giving up on her. “Even when I had my breakdowns, when I switched my major like three times. Thank you for never giving up on me,” she said. Pictured in the photo from left to right is Pablo Navarro Jr. (brother), Sylvia Navarro (mother), Ester Navarro, and Pablo Navarro Sr. (father). (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

Family thanks UTRGV mass communication graduate for not giving up


Families almost universally dream of seeing their college student walk across the stage in a cap and gown, big, bright smiles in place. That’s when they know – the ups and downs of getting there were all worthwhile.

Francisco Rafael Torres Diaz and family

Master’s student graduates with support from family


Francisco Rafael Torres Diaz is no stranger to facing challenges. “He has surpassed all our expectations,” said his mother, Maria del Carmen Diaz Barrios. “His character – he is very entrepreneurial, and everything he sets his mind to, he accomplishes. The ultimate challenge was himself, and he overcame it.”


Twenty-two UTRGV students traveled to Cusco, Peru, led by Dr. Hugo Rodriguez, clinical associate professor, Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Saraswathy Nair, associate professor, Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences chair, back in spring 2018 to provide adults and children with medical and dental care. The group was part of the UTRGV Medical Brigade, a student organization that primarily focuses on providing healthcare to under-resourced areas. While in Peru, the group assisted many patients who had limited accessibility to medical resources. (Courtesy Photo)

Performances Jan 11– Feb 5

Patron music performances over the next weeks include: Ringing in the New Year! Mariachi Aztlan Concert, Piano, Piano Trio Concert, Trombone and Jonathan Guist Faculty Chamber Music Recital.