Thousands of students will graduate Friday and Saturday (May 16-17) during five Texas
Tech University commencement ceremonies at the United Spirit Arena.
Commencement exercises for the College of Arts & Sciences begin at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Graduate School will follow at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Rawls College of Business, Honors College, College of Media and Communication,
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Wind Energy and the Office of
the Provost (B.A. University Studies) will begin their ceremony at 9 a.m. The Colleges
of Architecture, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences and Visual and Performing
Arts will begin commencement exercises at 1:30 p.m. The School of Law will wrap up
the weekend with its hooding ceremony at 6 p.m.
All ceremonies will take place at the United Spirit Arena (18th Street and Indiana Avenue).
Chancellor Kent R. Hance will speak at Friday and Saturday’s ceremonies while Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will speak at the Law School hooding ceremony.
About Kent R. Hance
Hance became chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in December 2006, which
was comprised of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Since then, the System has doubled in size, growing from two universities to four
with the addition of Angelo State University and creation of Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center at El Paso.
Under Hance’s leadership, the TTU System has set records in enrollment, research and
degrees awarded. Hance, who announced his retirement for later in 2014, completed
a billion-dollar capital campaign nearly a year early.
He is a former Texas state senator, Texas Railroad Commission chairman and U.S. congressman.
In 1981, Hance authored President Reagan’s tax bill, which remains the largest tax
cut in American history. As a congressman, Hance served on the Ways & Means, Agriculture
and Science & Technology Committees.
Before his political career, Hance was a faculty member at Texas Tech University for
five years. In 1973, Hance was recognized as an Outstanding Professor. Additionally,
he has taught a leadership seminar class while serving as chancellor and will continue
to teach this course as chancellor emeritus.
He is a founding partner of his Austin-based law firm, Hance Scarborough, LLP. A native
of Dimmitt, Hance received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from
Texas Tech University in 1965 and his law degree from the University of Texas in 1968.
About Greg Abbott
Attorney General Abbott oversees more than 700 attorneys who represent the State of
Texas. He personally has appeared in courtrooms around the state and obtained indictments
against criminals charged with offenses ranging from attempted aggravated assault
of a child to capital murder.
His public service career began in Houston as a state trial judge in the 129th District Court. In 1995, then-Gov. George W. Bush appointed Abbott to the Texas Supreme
Court. Twice elected to the Texas Supreme Court, Abbott earned numerous awards, including
“Jurist of the Year” from the Texas Review of Law & Politics and Appellate Specialists;
and “Appellate Judge of the Year” from the Texas Chapter of the American Board of
Attorney General Abbott has held leadership positions in numerous community organizations
and served as the Honorary State Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas in
A native Texan, Attorney General Abbott graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from the
University of Texas and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University, after attending
Texas Tech University School of Law his first year. Shortly after graduating from
law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. He and his
wife Cecilia have been married for 32 years and live in Austin with their daughter,
Outstanding students, selected based on all-around achievement, will carry banners
representing their respective colleges.
The following students are banner bearers:
- College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Layne Brice Norton, an agricultural and applied economics major from Carlesbad, N.M.
- College of Architecture: Tate Brailen Hill, an architecture major from Borger
- College of Arts & Sciences: Sarah Marie Riegler, a history major from Katy
- RawlsCollege of Business: Weston Oliver Williams, a finance major from The Colony
- College of Education: Tiffany D. Neal, a multidisciplinary studies major from Waxahachie
- College of Human Sciences: Megan Renee Falconer, an early childhood major from Carrollton, and Cynthia Renee
Sacco, a nutrition major from Fort Worth
- College of Media & Communication: Alicia Rose Keene, a journalism major from Austin
- College of Visual & Performing Arts: Catherine Anne Swindle, a music performance major from Lubbock
- Graduate School: Miryam Doris Venegas Anaya, a biology doctoral student from Panama City, Republic
- Honors College: Suzanne Alkul, a biochemistry major from Lubbock; Clara Bush, an environment and
the humanities major from Celina; and Cord Scorgie, a mechanical engineering and math
major from Lubbock
- University Studies: Ethan Gary Rowell, a university studies major from Waco
- Whitacre College of Engineering: Jay Nunley, a chemical engineering major from Joshua
The highest ranking fall graduates for each college include:
- College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Keith Eugene Frazer, a horticultural and turfgrass sciences major from Cottage Grove,
Minn.; Layne Brice Norton, an agricultural and applied economics major from Carlesbad,
N.M. and Taylor Renee Powell, an animal sciences major from Henrietta.
- College of Architecture: Tate Brailen Hill, an architecture major from Borger.
- College of Arts & Sciences: Dhruv Gajendra-Desai Bhakta, a biochemistry from Houston; Nikolajs Konstantins Birze,
a cell and molecular biology major from Denton; Jonathan Michael Clark, a physics
major from Dumas; Crosby Mitchell Culp, a general studies major from Lubbock; Sydney
Marie Dunnam, a psychology major from Monahans; Camille Louise Gavin, an exercise
and sport sciences major from Albuquerque, N.M.; Hayley Marie Guzman, a psychology
major from Kingwood; Stephanie Rene Hermanson, an exercise and sport sciences major
from Midland; Trevor Bryan Hill, a communication studies major from Lubbock; Loren
Palmina Hughes, a Spanish major from Coppell; Michael Aaron Ibarra a biology major
from El Paso; Bridget Lindsley Key, a biochemistry major from Albuquerque, N.M.; Brittany
Dawn Lancaster, a psychology major from Lubbock; Dana Michelle Layer, a biochemistry
major from Albuquerque, N.M.; Ciara Nicole Luna, a general studies major from Orlando,
Fla.; Justin Steven Miller, a classics major from El Paso; Hannah Nha Pham, a biology
major from Sugar Land; Taylor Nicole Polk, an exercise and sport sciences major from
Slaton; Sarah Elizabeth Steindl, an English major from Spring; Tabitha Kay Threatt,
a cell and molecular biology from Hutto; Cameron Mark Waters, a biology major from
Clovis, N.M.; Roy Robert Whittenburg, a philosophy and Spanish major and Rachel Elizabeth
Wilson, a general studies major from Sherman.
- Rawls College of Business: Stephanie Margaret Greider, an accounting major from Flower Mound; Aubree Star Harris,
a marketing and management major form Highland Village; Lia Marie Heers, an accounting
major form Muenster; Kelly K. Lynch, an accounting major from Kerrville; Torgen Shane
Martinson, an accounting major from Austin; Morgan Lee Pruitt, an accounting major
from Midland; Jake A. Strickland, an accounting major from Snyder and Brooklyn Joy
Witte, an accounting major from Burleson.
- College of Education: Eleanor Louise Ashley, a multidisciplinary studies major from Carlsbad; Joy R. Forbes,
a multidisciplinary studies major from Lubbock; Sawsan Ali Hajmahmoud, a multidisciplinary
studies major from Dallas; Katy Loeung, a multidisciplinary studies major from Grand
Prairie; Linsay Rachel Macek, a multidisciplinary studies major from Kingsland; Tiffany
D. Neal, a multidisciplinary studies major from Waxahachie and Rhonda Jean Rose, a
multidisciplinary studies major from Burleson.
- Whitacre College of Engineering: Daniel Deryk Benham, a petroleum engineering major from Odessa; Joanna Marie Gatlin,
an electrical engineering major from San Angelo; Ryan Andrew Glenn, a mechanical engineering
major from Tatum, N.M.; George Liberty Mutual, a petroleum engineering major from
Nairobi, Kenya; Jay Stephen Nunley, a chemical engineering major from Joshua; Cord
Landon Scorgie, a mechanical engineering major from Lubbock and Nicholas Scott Sheridan,
a mechanical engineering major.
- College of Human Sciences: Ivanka Krasimirova Boling, a family and consumer sciences major from Blagoevgrad,
Bulgaria; Megan Renee Falconer, an early childhood major form Carrollton; Laura Anne
Gray, a human development and family studies major from Southlake; Jamie Nicole Haarmeyer,
a restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from Richardson; Cynthia Renee
Sacco, a nutrition major from Fort Worth; Tiffany Rhiana Sallee, an early childhood
major from Lubbock; Bre’anna Monique Wilson, a human development and family studies
major from Glidden and Mackenzi Jo Wilson, a human development and family studies
major from Abilene.
- Honors College: Erin Van Pelt, an honors arts and letters major from Las Cruces, N.M.
- College of Media & Communication: Alicia Rose Keene, a journalism major from Austin and Chelsea Poe, a public relations
major from Fort Worth.
- College of Visual & Performing Arts: Kelsei Noel Fortenberry, a music performance major from Lubbock.
- University Studies: Ethan Gary Rowell, a university studies major from Waco.
- University Studies (Wind Energy): Scott Carey Noulis, a wind energy major from Fort Worth.