May 8, 2009
Written by Cory Chandler
More than 3,100 students will receive diplomas May 8-9 during the five ceremonies held at the United Spirit Arena.
Commencement exercises for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Jerry S. Rawls College of Business and College of Mass Communications will take place at 4 p.m. May 8. The Graduate School ceremony follows at 7 p.m.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as students receiving university studies degrees and Honors College students who majored in natural history, humanities and honors arts and letters will celebrate commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday (May 9).
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and Colleges of Architecture, Education, Human Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts will host exercises beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The School of Law Hooding Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Outstanding students, selected based on all-around achievement, will carry banners representing their respective colleges.
The following students are banner bearers: Jenna Jones, an agricultural communications major from Slaton; College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Kelly Hitchings, an architecture major from San Antonio, College of Architecture; Erica Michelle Lux, a psychology from Cedar Hill, College of Arts and Sciences; Erica Gray, an energy commerce major from Colleyville, Rawls College of Business; Ashley Ramsey, a multidisciplinary studies major from Lubbock, College of Education; Todd Buckingham, a civil engineering major from San Antonio, Whitacre College of Engineering; Noveen Fatima, an accounting and Spanish major from Clovis, N.M., Eric Braden, a natural history and humanities major from Katy, and Valerie Estes, a music performance major from Midland, Honors College; Morgan Marino, a nutritional sciences major from Lubbock, College of Human Sciences; Chaille Steed, an advertising major from Carrolton, College of Mass Communications; Renea Grobe, a general studies major from Fredericksburg, Isaac Martinez, an architecture major from El Paso, the College of Outreach & Distance Education; Tiffany Greathouse, a music major from Carlsbad, N.M., College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The highest ranking May graduates for each college include:
Receptions for the colleges follow their respective ceremonies. Reception locations are: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in the atrium of the Animal Science Building; College of Architecture in the Architecture Gallery; College of Arts and Sciences in the foyer area of room 104 in Holden Hall; Rawls College of Business in the Rotunda of the Business Administration Building; College of Education in the second floor foyer of the Education Building; Whitacre College of Engineering in the Engineering Center; College of Human Sciences in the El Centro room of the Human Sciences Building; College of Mass Communications: no reception - diplomas will be distributed in room 113 of the Mass Communications Building after the ceremony; College of Visual and Performing Arts in the Hemmle Hall foyer; the School of Law, Merket Alumni Center.