Students from UHV's first freshman class ready to graduate

Ashley Winegeart isn't afraid of being first.

On Nov. 19, 2009, she became the first freshman to sign with the University of Houston-Victoria softball team. The Corpus Christi native was one of UHV's first freshman starting classes in fall 2010, when the university began offering classes for freshmen and sophomores.

Soon, she will be one of the university's first graduates who have attended UHV all four years.

"It's pretty cool to be a part of history," Winegeart said. "It's gratifying to be one of the first students to attend UHV for four years."

Seven UHV students who started at the university in fall 2010 have applied to graduate May 10. Joining Winegeart is Isaac Babalola and Kristina Droz, both of Missouri City; Megan Carter, of Woodsboro; Amber Hermes, of Hallettsville; Danielle Mapps, of Fresno; and Vanessa Plasencia, of Rosenberg.

Danielle Delgado, of San Antonio, became the first freshman who started in fall 2010 to graduate. She finished her degree in 3 1/2

Another 49 students who started in fall 2010 are still enrolled at UHV and working toward their degrees.

UHV will hold two graduation ceremonies in Victoria. Both will take place in Faith Family Church, 2002 E. Mockingbird Lane - the largest indoor facility available in Victoria. The 9 a.m. ceremony will be for graduates of the schools of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development. The 1 p.m. ceremony will be for the schools of Business Administration and Nursing.

Mayor Paul Polasek will deliver the keynote addresses.

UHV was an upper-level institution for 37 years after its founding in 1973. Freshmen recruitment efforts began after Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 1056 in June 2009 to allow UHV to admit underclassmen for the first time in fall 2010.

Correction: Umaima Mal, of Denison, became the first freshman who started in fall 2010 to graduate with a four-year degree from the University of Houston-Victoria. She finished her degree last summer. Four other students, who started in fall 2010, graduated in December. They are Marley Moehrig, of Victoria; Linda Nguyen, of Houston; Danielle Delgado, of San Antonio; and Lauren Brister, of Palacios. The information was wrong in a story on Page B3 on Monday.