Texas Tech’s K-12 Diploma Program to Celebrate Graduations

Distance-learning students come to campus for traditional commencement ceremony.

Written by: Elizabeth Mason

Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) has graduated 159 students throughout the 2008-2009 school year. The annual commencement ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. May 3 at the Merket Alumni Center, at 17th Street and University Avenue. This year, 29 graduates and their families will travel to Lubbock to attend the commencement ceremony. Eleven students will receive their diplomas and 18 will participate as summer school graduates. The 2008-2009 TTUISD graduates come from eight different states in the United States and six foreign countries, including Texas, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana and Virginia; as well as Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines, Egypt, Australia and British Columbia. The highest GPA in the graduating class is 4.42, and there are 20 students who have a GPA of 4.0 or above. The average GPA is 3.23. The average SAT scores are 572 verbal, 551 math, and 551 writing, and a composite of 1678. The average ACT composite score is 24. All of these scores are above the state and national average. Of the 2008-2009 TTUISD graduates, approximately 40 percent will attend community colleges and 60 percent will attend four year colleges or universities. Nine of the graduates will attend Texas Tech and one has been accepted to the university's Honors College. Other colleges or universities these students will attend include: Oral Roberts University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas State University, Northwestern University, Austin College, Stephen F. Austin University and many universities in Brazil. TTUISD is the only accredited distance learning kindergarten through 12th grade diploma program in Texas. It offers a rigorous high school curriculum in a combination of print-and electronic-based courses. In 1993-1994, the first Texas Tech University High School graduating class had two graduates. Throughout the past 15 years, the program has continued to expand each year. TTUISD has now graduated 1,536 students, including the 2008-2009 graduating class. For more information call (806) 742-7202 ext. 266, or visit www.k12.ttu.edu.  

SOURCE:      Gib Weaver, superintendent, Texas Tech University Independent School District, (806) 742-7202, ext. 266 or gilbert.weaver@ttu.edu.

CONTACT:   Elizabeth Mason, unit coordinator, Marketing Division of Outreach & Distance Education (806) 742-7202 ext. 250, or elizabeth.mason@ttu.edu.