Starting the Future

Bauer Celebrates Newest Graduating Class at Spring Commencement

Students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business officially completed their higher education journey during the Spring 2024 commencement ceremony.  

A total of 1,335 students graduated from Bauer College across two ceremonies, including 1,131 bachelor candidates, 283 master’s candidates and two doctoral candidates. 

Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Cullen Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Finance Praveen Kumar began each ceremony followed by remarks from Dean Paul A. Pavlou. University of Houston System Board of Regents Members Ricky Raven and Gregory King spoke at the first and second ceremony, respectively.

During the first ceremony, East West Bank Chairman and CEO Dominic Ng (BBA ‘80) was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, or honoris causa, for his lifetime of philanthropy and support of the University. The UH alumnus joined East West Bank in 1991 and helped the company grow from a small savings and loan association into a global full-service commercial bank with a total of over $70 billion in assets. 


“You have proven that you have the determination and resilience to overcome obstacles and that is a powerful asset that will serve you well in the years to come. I urge you to stay true to yourselves and follow your passions. You have worked hard to earn your degree and now is the time to use it to make a difference in the world.” 
Diane Z. Chase, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

“The idea of transformation is embedded within our vision. We are committed to student success and providing opportunities inside the classroom, with our industry partners, and in the community that allows transformative experiences, personally and professionally.” 
Paul A. Pavlou, Dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair

“As you embark on your next chapter, remember to set ambitious goals. Do not be afraid to fail. Find work you are passionate about. Pursue it with integrity, humility and respect for others. Always remember to be kind, uplift your colleagues, value relationships and stay true to your highest self.” 
Ricky Raven, Member, UH System Board of Regents

“Everyone one of you has a story of what brought you to this moment. You have highs and lows along the way. It was not easy, but you made it. Today, you are looking at the future, a new journey, a path of your choosing. It is extremely exciting, but now you join the ranks of esteemed UH alumni who have gone before you and made a positive difference and I know you will to.” 
Gregory King, Member, UH System Board of Regents