Texas Tech Students Participate in Fall Commencement

Top graduates and banner bearers also are announced.

Commencement

Texas Tech University will host two fall commencement ceremonies Friday (Dec. 11) and Saturday (Dec. 12) at United Supermarkets Arena (1701 Indiana Ave.), where 2,547 undergraduate and graduate students will earn their degrees. The School of Law hooding ceremony will be Saturday (Dec. 12) at the Lanier Auditorium.

“I speak for the Texas Tech community when I express my sincere gratitude to the graduates for their commitment to their studies and hard work they put forth during their time here,” President M. Duane Nellis said. “Commencement is a time for reflection, a time to relish in the personal achievement and know the sacrifices of the last few years have all been worth it.”

Marsha Sharp

Marsha Sharp

The 3 p.m. ceremony Friday (Dec.11) features the College of Arts & Sciences.

The 7 p.m. ceremony Friday (Dec. 11) features the Graduate School.

The 9 a.m. ceremony Saturday (Dec. 12) features the colleges of Architecture, Education, Human Sciences, Visual & Performing Arts and Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.

The ceremony for Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Media & Communication, Rawls College of Business, Honors College (Environment and Humanities and Honors Arts and Letters majors only), University Programs and Wind Energy will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 12).

The School of Law hooding ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 12).

Marsha Sharp, former Texas Tech women’s basketball coach and current Texas Tech associate athletics director for special projects, will speak at both ceremonies.

Barrett Thomas, founding partner and manager of the Blanchard & Thomas LLP Central Texas office, is the keynote speaker at the hooding ceremony.

Barrett Thomas

Barrett Thomas

Ceremonies can be viewed live online at http://www.ttu.edu/livestream/.

About Marsha Sharp
Sharp coached the Texas Tech women’s basketball team for 24 seasons (1982-2006). During that time she had a career record of 572-189 and led her team to eight conference championships, 10 Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight appearances and a national championship in 1993. She was named National Coach of the Year twice and Southwest Conference Coach of the year seven times.

About Barrett Thomas
Thomas is a 2008 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law, a member of the State Bar of Texas executive committee, and is president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He serves as a Leadership, Education and Development mentor with the Waco Chamber of Commerce and works as a reserve police officer.

Honored students
Outstanding students, selected on all-around achievement, will carry banners representing their respective colleges. The banner bearers are:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Jessica Anne LeFors, horticulture and turfgrass science
  • College of Architecture: Tyler Timothy McBeth, architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Kourtney Layne Kouth, biology
  • College of Education: Hailey J. Walker, multidisciplinary studies
  • College of Human Sciences: Sarah M. Hardey, restaurant, hotel and institutional management
  • College of Media & Communication: Emily Gardner, public relations
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts: Dustin Alan Tharp, music
  • Graduate School:  Luke J. Mayer, mechanical engineering
  • Honors College:Friday (Dec. 11) 3 p.m. ceremony: Rachel Murdy, technical communication;Saturday (Dec. 12) 9 a.m. ceremony: Nathanael Havens, architecture; 1:30 p.m. ceremony: William Bednarz, honors arts and letters
  • Rawls College of Business: Timothy Morgan Howard, marketing & management
  • University Programs: Wayne Edward Swink, university studies
  • Whitacre College of Engineering: Kyle Weston Wolfe, mechanical engineering

The highest-ranking fall graduates for each college/program are:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Jessica Anne LeFors, horticulture and turfgrass science
  • College of Architecture: Tyler Timothy McBeth, architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Tyler Ray Floyd, exercise and sport sciences; Kourtney Layne Kouth, biology; James Michael Miller, biology; Alex Matthew Washburn, geosciences
  • College of Education: Megan Noel Bolton, Brenda Angelica Floran, Heidi Cheyenne Klassen, Elizabeth Macias, Adrianna Mercedes Mendoza, Dennis Ramirez, Julie Garcia Villanueva, Hailey J. Walker, Tanna Blair Wieler, Kayla Renee Wilkinson. All will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies.
  • College of Human Sciences: Christopher Emmanuel Asikis, human development and family studies; Alyssa Rachelle Moore, human development and family studies
  • College of Media & Communication: Emily Gardner, public relations
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts: Dustin Alan Tharp, music
  • Honors College: Victoria Kristen Cassandra Queneau, honors arts and letters, English and Spanish
  • Rawls College of Business: Matthew John Frosoni, management & marketing; Timothy Morgan Howard, marketing & management; Samantha Leigh Wagner, accounting
  • Whitacre College of Engineering: Landon Ramsey Allen, civil engineering; Tarek Ezzeddine Redwan, civil engineering; Duy Khuong Nguyen, electrical engineering; Dustn D. Perez, mechanical engineering; Kyle Weston Wolfe, mechanical engineering
  • Wind Energy: Jacob Jack Pigg, wind energy

Reception information

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Animal & Food Sciences building, room 101
  • College of Architecture: College of Architecture gallery
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Holden Hall foyer, room 104
  • College of Education: Second floor foyer in College of Education
  • College of Human Sciences: El Centro room of the Human Sciences building
  • College of Media & Communication: Matador Room of the Student Union Building (SUB)
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts: Holden Hall rotunda
  • Rawls College of Business: McCoy Atrium of the Rawls College
  • University Studies: Red Raider Lounge of the SUB
  • Whitacre College of Engineering: Livermore Center
  • Wind Energy: National Wind Institute, room 107
  • School of Law: Law School Forum

Additional Information
For more information about commencement, including maps and parking, visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement.

For more information on the School of Law hooding ceremony, visit http://www.law.ttu.edu/graduation/fall_2015/.