Saturday, December 14, 2019
  Around Campus, Community

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – Thirteen student-athletes graduated Dec. 13 and 14 in UTRGV’s Fall Commencement ceremonies, held at the Harlingen Convention Center and Bert Ogden Arena, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics said.

“It is always a proud day when a student earns a diploma, and we are thrilled for these student-athletes,” said Chasse Conque, UTRGV vice president and director of Athletics. “They worked hard in the classroom and in competition.

“They have also been, and will no doubt continue to be, great ambassadors for UTRGV in the community. These young adults have bright futures. We congratulate them and are excited to now call them alumni."

2019 Fall Graduates


  • Chase Adams, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Ben Butler, Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, Katy, Texas.
  • Zach Martinez, Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Harlingen, Texas.


  • Alvaro Hernandez, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Tenerife, Spain.


  • Matt Beaulaurier, Master of Business Administration, Spokane, Wash.
  • Andy Rios, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy, Highlands, Texas.
  • Dimitris Strantzalis, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece.


  • Amada Lozano, Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services, Mission, Texas.


  • Isaac Arevalo, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Edinburg, Texas.
  • Destiny Rutherford, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Sugar Land, Texas.
  • Carlos Roguera, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Ripollet, Spain.
  • Diamond Thomas, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Houston, Texas.


  • Barbara Silva, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.