Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Advancement Lauretta F. Byars urged graduates to always remain connected to their alma mater.
Byars addressed the nearly 300 graduates during the summer 2012 commencement ceremony. In her address, Byars shared examples of alumni who have impacted the world and use their talents to further the university.
“My goal is to impress upon you the understanding that when you leave here, as graduates of Prairie View A&M University, you have a responsibility to contribute to the communities where you choose to reside, and to contribute to the University which is awarding you this degree,” Byars said.
While the ceremony was a special one for all graduates, there was one graduate who made history as she accepted her doctoral degree.
CaLynna Sorrells, from Pine Bluff, AR, was the first female to receive a doctorate from the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering. Her achievement comes on the heels of the country’s push to increase the number of graduates, especially minorities, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.