AUSTIN (KXAN) - The University of Texas will graduate 4,200 students today. We spoke to two of them.
The University of Texas at Austin is expecting about 4,200 graduating students at the main commencement ceremony Saturday night with a total crowd of about 25,000.
The commencement seating area will open at 5 p.m. Entertainment, including the university's steel pan ensemble, carillion concert and commencement concert will start at 6:30 p.m. The grand procession of degree candidates begins at 8 p.m. UT President Bill Powers will preside over the ceremony, with Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross offering remarks.
Rebekah Scheuerle is a UT senior graduating from the Cockrell School of Engineering. Scheuerle, a chemical engineering major, set her sights on working for Nicholas Peppas, a pioneer in the field of oral drug delivery.
She collaborated with chemical and biomedical engineering researchers studying nanoparticles used for oral drug delivery to treat health issues like Crohn's disease and intestinal cancer.
Scheuerle is heading across the pond, to the University of Cambridge, to attack world health issues as a graduate student and researcher. One day, Scheuerle hopes to develop practical and affordable biopharmaceuticals and diagnostics that can be used in developing countries and other resource-limited environments.
Isaac Gomez, is a UT senior graduating with a double-major in theater and dance, plus journalism.
Gomez was the first member of his family to leave El Paso to go to school. He created a new work called "The Women of Juarez," which incorporates music, dance and storytelling to share the stories of women who have firsthand experience with the violence and murder of women in the border city.
One of his goals is to apply theater studies to accomplish positive social change and activate a sense of civic duty in people.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.