UCCS will live-stream commencement ceremony

Tom Saponas

About 400  UCCS graduates will walk across the stage during the Fall 2012 Commencement ceremony Friday and for the first time friends and family can watch it live on the Internet.

Tom Saponas, a member of the UCCS Class of 1972, will deliver the commencement address, which will also be streamed online.

About half of the 800 fall and summer graduates of the graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony, which is at 2 p.m.  Dec. 14 at the Colorado Springs World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.

To watch the ceremony live, go to www.uccs.edu/commencement. The ceremony will be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 20.

All graduates walk across a stage and are individually recognized. Doctoral candidates will be hooded at the ceremony that will be led by members of the CU Board of Regents, CU President Bruce Benson, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and members of the UCCS faculty and staff.

Saponas began taking classes at UCCS in 1967 when the campus was only two years old and graduated five years later with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

For more than 25 years, he held positions with Hewlett Packard and Agilent corporations including general manager, and vice president and chief technology officer. He currently is a director for nGimat, an Atlanta-based nanopowder and coatings company, and Fremont, Calif.-based Procera Networks.

Saponas is a volunteer mentor at UCCS in the Freshman Seminar Program. He is a board member for the UCCS Science and Engineering Community Advisory Board, and he is on the UCCS College of Engineering Advisory Board and the CU Foundation Board of Directors.