Date: May 10, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK - Texas Tech University will award diplomas to 2,870 students during commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday (May 14), in the United Spirit Arena, located at 1701 Indiana Ave. in Lubbock. The featured speaker will be Kishor C. Mehta, P.W. Horn Professor of civil engineering.

Mehta is a co-founder and former director of Texas Tech's Wind Science and Engineering Research Center. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a recipient of the Distinguished Service National Hurricane Conference Award.

The morning ceremony will include students in the Colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Visual and Performing Arts. The afternoon observance includes the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Education, Human Sciences, Mass Communications and the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.

The Texas Tech School of Law has scheduled its ceremony for 6 p.m., at the United Spirit Arena, with a reception immediately following at the arena. Joseph Jamail, a Houston attorney, will be the featured speaker. The class speaker will be Kenneth Stogdill of Fort Worth.

Receptions for the colleges will follow their respective ceremonies. Reception locations are: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in the rotunda of the Animal Science Building; College of Architecture in the Architecture Gallery; College of Arts and Sciences in the foyer in front of Room 104 in Holden Hall; Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration in the Business Administration Building Rotunda; College of Education in Room 001 of the basement of the Education Building; College of Engineering in the courtyard of the Engineering Center; College of Human Sciences in El Centro lounge; College of Mass Communications in the Merket Alumni Center; and College of Visual and Performing Arts in the foyer of the School of Art.

Outstanding students will carry banners representing their respective colleges. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement.

The banner bearers are: Mark Ray Kellermeier, an animal science major from Miles, and Kelsey Leigh Overton, a horticulture major from Fort Sumner, N.M., College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Abby Spicer Andrews, an architecture major from Fort Worth, College of Architecture; Tracy Lynn Askill, a mathematics/physics major from Altus, Okla., College of Arts and Sciences; Jody Jeremiah Nichols, an accounting major from Petersburg, the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration; Leah Nicole Smith, a multidisciplinary studies major from Lubbock, College of Education; David John Hasting, an architecture/civil engineering major from Colleyville, College of Engineering; William M. Henne, a cell and molecular biology major from Allen, at 9 a.m., and Candence Royal, an agriculture economics/accounting major from Pleasanton, at 1:30 p.m., Honors College; Julie Ann Salinas, a human development and family studies major from Helotes, College of Human Sciences; Amanda Lynn Luster, a public relations major from Cisco, College of Mass Communications; and Bethany Ann Green, a music performance/music major from Borger, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Selected to carry the banner for the Graduate School are Troy Ainsworth from Texarkana, a doctor of philosophy student in land use planning and management in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at 9 a.m.; and Amy Rebecca McKenzie from Allentown, Pa., a doctor of education student in special education in the College of Education, at 1:30 p.m.

Also recognized during commencement exercises will be bachelor's degree candidates with the highest grade-point-averages in their respective colleges. In some cases, the honoree also is among the previously mentioned banner bearers.

Highest ranking May graduates for each college are:

- Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: Mark Ray Kellermeier of Miles; Kelsey Leigh Overton of Fort Sumner; and Lance Alan Wright, an interdisciplinary agriculture major from Texarkana.

- Architecture: David John Hasting, an architecture/civil engineering major from Colleyville.

- Arts and Sciences: Joel Michael Clark, a Spanish major from Orem, Utah; Emily Rebecca Courtney, a French major from Madison, Ala.; Cody James Faulk, a history/psychology major from Houston; Meghan Katherine Freiley, a zoology major from Conway, Ark.; Lisa Jane Ham, an English major from Lubbock; Robin Woolley Henne, a biology major from Allen; William Michael Henne, a cell and molecular biology major from Allen; Garrett Neil Irwin, a history major from Idalou; Kayla Lynett Jackson, a history major from Waco; Ryan Wayne Jacobs, a chemistry major from San Antonio; Sara Loraine Krahl, a psychology/philosophy major from Gainesville; Rachael Michelle Langston, an English/philosophy major from Lubbock; Jonathan Paul Mannas, a general studies major from Ardmore, Okla.; Katrina Cheri Petney, a biochemistry major from Albuquerque, N.M.; Seth Lee Phillips, a communication studies major from Tyler; and Kacie Dahn Schlegel, a microbiology major from Shamrock.

- Business Administration: Brianne Noel Braudt, an accounting major from Amarillo; Amanda Brooke Gage, a management major from Abilene; William Ryan Hightower, a finance major from Midland; Seth Thomas Murphy of Pflugerville, who will receive both his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting; Jody Jeremiah Nichols of Petersburg; and Crystal Renee Sumner, an international business major from Mesquite.

- Education: Leah Nicole Smith of Lubbock; Elisabeth Briana Blech, a multidisciplinary studies major from Albuquerque, N.M.; and Carolina Robles, a multidisciplinary studies major from Shallowater.

- Engineering: Stephen Daniel Beall, a petroleum engineering major from Gainesville; Brady Alan Becker, an industrial engineering major from Giddings; Phillip Nathan Beverly, an electrical engineering major from Arlington; Jason Lane Finch, a mechanical engineering major from Rosenberg; Andrew B. Francis, a mechanical engineering major from Silverton; David John Hasting of Colleyville; and Justin Michael Roberts, a chemical engineering major from Stinnett.

- Human Sciences: Leah Marie Long-Royal, an early childhood major from Austin; Robin Denise McClure, a human development and family studies major from Shallowater; Stacey Rayann Price, an early childhood major from Lubbock; Julie Ann Salinas from Helotes; and Shelby Elizabeth Yowell, an early childhood major from Brownfield.

- Visual and Performing Arts: Bethany Ann Green of Borger and Samantha Aileen Keehn, a music performance major from Victoria.