UMT Holds 2016 Commencement Ceremony
June 29, 2016
The University of Management and Technology held its
2016 commencement ceremony and reception on June 18, at the Spectrum Theatre in
Arlington, VA. UMT alumni who graduated in the past five years were invited.
Close to 200 participants from the US and overseas attended. During the
ceremony, graduate representatives, Mr. Thomas Hoyt III. and Dr. Hun-Hsien Su
shared their personal stories. Dr. Yanping Chen, Dr. David Burke and Dr. J.
Davidson Frame also delivered speeches on behalf of the University and faculty.
Mr. Hoyt, who joined the military after graduating from high school, started
pursuing higher education with UMT after retiring from the Air Force while still
working as a full-time contractor. Now a holder of a Bachelor and a Master
Degree in Information Technology, he used his story to encourage fellow students
and graduates: "Don't let life happen to you but instead make life happen for
Dr. Su shared a story which involved struggling through an
unexpected flight delay, dead cellphone battery & heavy city traffic to get Dr.
Frame to a keynote speech on time in Taipei. After conquering the initial panic
emotionally, he was able to successfully complete the task. He concluded that,
"When life gives us unexpected challenging projects, [...] we have to learn to
manage ourselves before we can take on bigger projects to manage, so that we
will not be thrown off-guard by unexpected challenges."
Burke, who spoke on behalf of UMT faculty, thanked the UMT learning community
for giving him the opportunity to help the younger generation and in turn to
learn from them while holding a successful Engineering Management career outside
of UMT. He challenged the UMT graduates to help others after succeeding in their
educational and career goals, because "[..] after you’ve reached these goals,
you will feel another desire, a desire to give back, to help other people
Dr. Chen, UMT's founder and President, reviewed the
university’s achievements over the past 18 years since it was founded in 1998.
She also announced UMT's intent to develop a strong UMT alumni community which
will enable graduates to network professionally, socially and educationally.
Dr. J. Davidson Frame, UMT co-founder and Academic Dean, explained to the
students that the graduation ceremony is called a commencement because having
earned new degrees, students can commence moving on to the next stage of their
careers. He also thanked all the family and friends who gave support to the
graduates to reach their educational goal.
At the conclusion of the
ceremony and reception, the graduates gathered at the Iwo Jima Memorial for a
Pictures from the event can
be reviewed by visiting:
https://goo.gl/photos/svTLFsTsqEKvXN2B8 or UMT Connect Facebook page at:
Video from the event
can be found at:
Presentations shown during the
event are online at:
The University of
Management and Technology, a DEAC accredited university, offers over 30
bachelors to doctorate degree and certificate programs with 40 disciplines to
choose from, such as business administration, criminal justice, and homeland
security. Up to 75% of undergraduate and 50% of graduate credits may be
transferred. 100% online instruction and affordable. Flexible enrollment options
include self-paced or term-based classes. Federal Student Aid, Sallie Mae Loans
and University Military Scholarships are available for eligible students.
As of the end of June 2016, the UMT graduating class of 2016 is comprised of
1,132 graduates who have earned degrees at the associate, bachelor, master and
doctoral levels. Since 1998, 19,087 students coming from all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, 4 US territories, the US Military around the world, and 77
countries have enrolled in UMT degree programs. A total of 10,710 have earned