Timothy Cole Honorary Degree Ceremony Set for Friday

Cole, a Texas Tech student, had his 1986 conviction for rape overturned in 2009 thanks to new DNA evidence.

WHAT: Timothy Cole honorary degree ceremony 

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Friday (May 15)

WHERE: Forum 101, Texas Tech University School of Law

EVENT: Timothy Cole was a Texas Tech student when he was arrested and convicted of rape in 1986, dying in prison in 1999. Ten years later, DNA evidence exonerated Cole, and then-Gov. Rick Perry pardoned Cole in 2010.

Cole will be posthumously awarded a degree from Texas Tech on Friday (May 15) with his brother, Cory Session, and sister, Karen Kennard, accepting the award on their brother’s behalf.

Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis and Chancellor Robert Duncan will both deliver remarks at the ceremony, which will feature a video tribute to Cole. Jeff Blackburn, the founder and chief counsel for the Innocence Project of Texas, also will attend.

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CONTACT:Sarah Stracener, coordinator of presidential services and communications, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2121 or sarah.stracener@ttu.edu.