Grad Messages

The UTRGV Class of 2020 is experiencing a final semester unlike any other. Join UTRGV Alumni in supporting these seniors and graduate students by completing our Grad Messages form to share your best wishes for the newest #UTRGVAlumni!

Your responses of hope, strength, and words of wisdom will be compiled and then shared with the graduating class on our website. Select responses will also be shared on social media.

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Julie Truong

Your hard work and dedication paid off. As a top-ranking university, we are proud to have you graduate from UTRGV! Your success is something to be celebrated! You did it, Vaqueros!

Angel De La Cruz

Be proud of what is next to come, you’ve made it this far and looking back is no choice. Get in your gown, decorated cap and be shown to the world. A prayer will follow despite your let go. Keep learning and growing, aiming for more, and never forget where you come from… UTRGV will always be your home.

Alexa Gonzalez

You did it, you crossed the finish line! All the effort and hard work you put into your degree has finally paid off. As you enter the next phase of your life, we hope you succeed and achieve all the goals you set for yourself. We hope that you hang your degree up proudly so that everyone may see the achievement you have accomplished. These next steps in your journey will seem like the most challenging times, but with the determination you possess, you’ll be able to fulfill your purpose and potential. Remember, graduation isn’t the end but only the beginning; there are many new adventures waiting for you to discover. No matter what decision you make from here on out, you will always be a Vaquero!

Kelli Owen Quin, MA '12, MPA '20

Congratulations graduates! We are so proud of your many accomplishments, as I’m sure your family and friends are, too. Don’t let this be a stopping point along your educational journey—regardless of the profession you have chosen, continue pushing yourself, and don’t stop learning!

Edinburg, TX

Rebekah Sepulveda

Hi Vaqueros! First and foremost, congratulations on this life-changing achievement. Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” So, Vaqueros, I cannot wait to see how you change the world with the lessons you have learned at UTRGV and as always, V’s up.

Edinburg, TX

Yvette C. Padilla, MPA

Graduates, I am very proud of you. Higher ed is an exciting and challenging time, especially when you have a family and a full-time job, but you also had to endure the difficulties of a pandemic and a fall 2020 virtual commencement. Wow! Hats off to you! Cheers! To your destiny.

Edinburg, TX

Michael E. Aldape, MA ‘14

Dear Graduates, Congratulations on achieving this important milestone in your academic ventures! I know there were moments when it probably seemed impossible to finish, but you did it—you saw it through and are ready for the next chapter to unfold. Walk with pride, act with purpose, lead with integrity, and always remember to help raise the next generation that follows you along this path. V's Up!

Brownsville, TX