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McALLEN — More than 2,000 prospective graduates moved their tassels from right to left to signify the completion of their degrees, during the second day of UTRGV’s Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Held at the McAllen Convention Center, friends and family packed the facility for three ceremonies, 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., as the Vaqueros walked the stage to cheers and applause.

Patricia Alvarez McHatton, executive vice president for academic affairs, student success and P-16 integration, who led the ceremonies, enthusiastically congratulated the Vaqueros on their special day.

“UTRGV Class of 2018, congratulations, and ‘Forever Orange,’” she said proudly, holding up her fingers in the university’s spirited “V” formation.

“Remember, your contributions will build the future, bring innovation, serve our communities, transform the Rio Grande Valley, the state of Texas, the country and, yes, you will Inspire the World,” she said.

Between Friday’s ceremony in Brownsville, which included more than 700 graduates, and Saturday’s ceremonies, UTRGV graduated more than 3,100 students.

Since UTRGV opened in 2015, the university has awarded more than 12,800 degrees.

Dr. John Krouse, executive vice president for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, who spoke at two of the three Saturday ceremonies, shared some valuable advice with the prospective graduates.

“In all you do, maintain your humanity and humility,” Krouse said. “It’s a moral imperative to be human, to demonstrate humanity in each and everything you do.”

“Use everything that you have learned at UTRGV to make your community and nation a better world for humankind,” he said.