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University of Houston-Clear Lake
News Release
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UH-Clear Lake celebrates fall commencement

HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake will hold its fall commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17, at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park, Houston, TX, 77054.

Commencement for the School of Education and School of Business will be held at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker, Craig A. Cordola, CEO for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The Commencement ceremony for the School of Human Sciences and Humanities and the School of Science and Computer Engineering is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the keynote speaker will be UH-Clear Lake President’s Cabinet Philanthropy Award recipient Verva Densmore.

Cordola earned his Master of Healthcare Administration/Master of Business Administration in 1998 from UH-Clear Lake. As CEO for the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Cordola provides strategic direction for Memorial Hermann Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, the Heart and Vascular Institute and the Mischer Neurosciences Institute. In addition, he serves as associate dean for hospital affairs and community partnerships at The University of Texas Medical School – Houston.

At UH-Clear Lake, Cordola has served as adjunct faculty member for the healthcare administration program and as a board member for the alumni association. In his field, he is a Fellow and past president of the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as an active member of the local chapter. Additionally, he serves on a number of local not-for-profit boards for organizations such as Children at Risk and The Immunization Partnership, where he currently serves as chairman of the board.      

UH-Clear Lake alumna Verva Densmore received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature 1993 and Master of Arts in Literature in 1996. She graduated summa cum laude for her undergraduate degree and was awarded the Outstanding Literature Graduate Student for her graduate degree.

She has been very active in the community and has served on the board of the Bay Area chapter of the League of Women Voters of Texas and as vice president of the Galveston Bay Area Chapter – Texas Master Naturalists. Densmore also volunteered her time by doing tax preparation consultation for elderly and low income clients through AARP’s Tax Aide program.

Densmore remains active with her alma mater having taught business communications and having served as coordinator for the Student Conference for Research and Creative Arts. She has served on the Art Acquisitions Advisory Board and is currently serving on the Women’s Studies Advisory Board.

During the ceremony, approximately 735 of the 949 fall graduating students who applied for graduation will participate. In addition, 225 of 371 summer 2011 graduates will also participate. Of the total 960 participating, 526 will be awarded degrees in the first ceremony and 434 in the second ceremony.

UH-Clear Lake’s Commencement Kick-off celebration is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the university’s Bayou Building, Atrium II, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. The event is sponsored by the university’s Office of University Advancement, Office of the President and the UH-Clear Lake Alumni Association, which welcomes new alumni into the association. Graduates receive three complimentary tickets, but all are invited and can purchase tickets the night of the event for $2.

For information regarding the Commencement Kick-off and to pick up tickets, call the Office of Alumni and Community Relations, 281-283-2021, or e-mail Coordinator of Outreach and Communication Mindi Funderburg at For additional information about the commencement ceremony, call UH-Clear Lake’s Office of Academic Records, 281-283-2525, or visit

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