Texas Tech University

WHAT: Texas Tech University hosts spring commencement ceremonies.


WHERE: United Supermarkets Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave.

EVENT: Mark Lanier, a 1984 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law and one of the most influential civil trial lawyers in the country, will speak at all the commencement ceremonies. Lanier is a staunch supporter of his alma mater. He serves on the Law School's Foundation Board and was honored as a 2016 Distinguished Alumni of Texas Tech. He has been recognized as one of the top oralists by the American Bar Association and has been named twice by the National Law Journal as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in America and one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the nation.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is the keynote speaker at the School of Law's hooding ceremony. Willett has served as a justice since 2005 and is the Tweeter Laureate of Texas. The position is the first of its kind in the country, with Willett tweeting multiple times a day to more than 33,000 followers. A former rodeo bull rider and professional drummer, Willett earned a triple-major bachelor of business administration degree at Baylor University before completing his master's degrees in political science and judicial studies, along with a juris doctorate degree with honors from Duke University.

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

For more information about commencement, including guest information, maps, parking and hotels, 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/spring_2016/.

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CONTACT:  Peggy Flores, commencement coordinator, Office of the Provost, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-3101 or peggy.flores@ttu.edu

CONTACT: Sarah Salazar, director of communications, Texas Tech University School of Law, (806) 834-5074 or sarah.e.salazar@ttu.edu