UHV seniors prepare for commencement

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

May 8, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

UHV students, from left, Megan Carter, Ashley Winegeart and Kristina Droz share a moment during a portrait session.

UHV students, from left, Megan Carter, Ashley Winegeart and Kristina Droz share a moment during a portrait session.

If Megan Carter is going to miss anything about her undergraduate years at the University of Houston-Victoria, it'll be the friendships she made along the way.

Carter, a psychology and criminal justice major, will be one of almost 350 UHV spring graduates celebrated Saturday at Faith Family Church.

"We talk about it all the time," Carter, 23, said. "We still can't believe it's happening."

Paul Polasek, Victoria mayor and UHV alum, will give a keynote address, and Welcome Wilson Jr., secretary of the UH System Board of Regents, will speak at the morning ceremony, and UH System Regent Roger Welder will speak in the afternoon.

Carter, her roommate, Kristina Droz, and their neighbor, Ashley Winegeart, were part of the first freshman class at UHV and are all members of the UHV softball team.

The three seniors said they look forward to graduating but will miss their time with each other. Droz and Winegeart are each earning business degrees in health care administration.

"We're like a support group for each other," Carter said. "When we'd get really stressed out, we would go out for ice cream."

Carter, of Woodsboro, said a reunion trip is in the works and that she plans to return for a UHV softball alumni game in October.

"I know I'll be back for that," Carter said.

Droz, 22, of Missouri City, said she'll also miss working with the faculty at UHV.

"My capstone professor would correct the corrections we made on our final project," Droz said. "He was really helpful through the process, which I appreciated."

Carter said she hopes to see UHV offer more face-to-face and fewer online classes in the future.

"Pretty much all of our upper-level courses were online," Carter said. "With online classes, there's more reading to do, which sometimes is hard to fit in."

Winegeart, 21, of Corpus Christi, said she plans to continue her education at Texas Woman's University.

Winegeart said she won't forget moving into Jaguar Hall, the university's first dormitory.

"Our first night, the fire alarm went off," Winegeart said. "We became friends at the dorms; we all lived in the same wing."



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