UT System Regent Sara Martinez Tucker To Speak At Spring Commencement

By Molly Stier

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UT System Board of Regents member Sara Martinez Tucker will give the big speech at the 133rd Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 21 during the 8 p.m. ceremony on the campus’ Main Mall.

Tucker, B.J. ’76 and MBA ’79, is a former undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Most recently, she served as the CEO of National Math + Science Initiative, an organization working to improve educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering and math, a grouping known as STEM.

She was named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics, thanks to her work as CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. During nine years at the helm of the nation’s leading organization in support of Hispanic higher education, Tucker raised $280 million for scholarships, growing annual scholarships from $3 million to more than $250 million. She helped expand the organization’s focus beyond scholarships to outreach programs to inspire more Hispanic students to attend college.



“I’m looking forward to hearing what life advice Regent Tucker will share with the Class of 2016,” said Xavier Rotnofsky, student body president, adding, “I also hope she’ll do everything in her power to make sure it doesn’t rain.”

Read more about the 2016 spring commencement speaker here.