Texas Tech Students Participate in Fall Commencement

(VIDEO) All four ceremonies are streamed, with top graduates and banner bearers also listed.

Commencement - 3 p.m. December 16, 2016
College of Arts & Sciences

Commencement - 7 p.m. December 16, 2016
Graduate School

Commencement - 9 a.m. December 17, 2016
Architecture, Education, Human Sciences, J.T. & Margaret Talking College Visual & Performing Arts and Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.

Commencement - 1:30 p.m. December 17, 2016
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Media & Communication, Rawls College of Business, Honors College, University Programs and Wind Energy.

Texas Tech University hosted two fall commencement ceremonies Friday (Dec. 16) and Saturday (Dec. 17) at United Supermarkets Arena, where 2,710 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees. The School of Law hooding ceremony was held Saturday (Dec. 17) at the Lanier Auditorium (video unavailable).

“Our students continue to make their dreams a reality as they reach the culmination of years of hard work and dedication,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. “As they take part in commencement, we proudly look forward to the ways they will use the talents and skills they cultivated at Texas Tech to benefit their communities and the world.” 

John T. Montford, president and chief executive officer of JTM Consulting, LLC and Texas Tech’s first chancellor, spoke at all ceremonies.

Tim Perrin, president of Lubbock Christian University and a 1987 Texas Tech law graduate, was the keynote speaker at the School of Law’s hooding ceremony.

Additionally, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec presented 1958 alumnus C. Carey Hobbs with an honorary degree of doctor of humanities at a special ceremony. Hobbs, who is a member of the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is on the Texas Tech Athletic Council and treasurer for the Texas Tech Alumni & Friends Political Action Committee. He is a past member of the Board of Regents for Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and was president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Honored students
Outstanding students, selected on all-around achievement, carried banners representing their respective colleges:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Chamonix Estelle Mejia, agricultural communications
  • College of Architecture: Nicole Glitsch Lide, architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Devin Nicole Gunstream, psychology
  • College of Education: Roberta Jo Morales, multidisciplinary studies
  • College of Human Sciences: Susana P. Carillo, early childhood development
  • College of Media & Communication: Laura Isabel Gonzales, public relations
  • J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts: Ashley Lynn Allen, music
  • Graduate School:Ashley Marie Gonzales, doctor of higher education research, higher education
  • Honors College:Sydney Squires, honors arts and letters
  • Rawls College of Business: Ashley Varqa Maveddat, general business
  • University Programs: Kelly Rae Meredith, university studies
  • Whitacre College of Engineering: Thomas Taylor O’Hair, industrial engineering

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

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Chamonix Estelle Mejia, agricultural communications
  • College of Architecture: Nicole Glitsch Lide, architecture
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Nolle Alexandra Cavalier, psychology; Stephan Alexander French, language studies; Devin Nicole Gunstream, psychology; Madison Marie Herman, psychology; Amanda Marie Huerta, English; Danielle Alyse Roberts, kinesiology; Alexandra Maria Trevino, sociology
  • College of Education: Roberta Jo Morales, multidisciplinary studies; Stephanie Olivia Taylor, multidisciplinary studies
  • College of Human Sciences: Lauren Shy Tippett, restaurant, hotel and institutional management
  • College of Media & Communication: Laura Isabel Gonzales, public relations
  • J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts: Ashley Lynn Allen, music
  • Honors College: Sydney Squires, honors arts and letters
  • Rawls College of Business: Ashley Varqa Maveddat, general business; Caitlin McKenzie Scorgie, management; Jenna Marie Jernigan, marketing; Amanda LaRue Calvert, general business; Phi Thanh Nguyen, management information systems
  • Whitacre College of Engineering: Cody Tyler Karp, civil engineering; Bobby Mark Clift, electrical engineering; Thomas Taylor O’Hair, industrial engineering; Alex Chase Johnston, mechanical engineering
  • University Programs: Kelly Rae Meredith, university studies
  • Wind Energy: Eric Piontek, wind energy

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John T. Montford

About John T. Montford

John T. Montford is president and chief executive officer of JTM Consulting, LLC and Texas Tech's first chancellor, the chief executive officer of the Texas Tech University System. His career includes numerous leadership roles within a variety of companies, including General Motors, AT&T and Southwest Airlines. Montford was a member of the Texas Senate for 14 years and named among the Top 10 Best Legislators by Texas Monthly for five legislative sessions. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and as an elected district attorney. He received a bachelor's degree in political science and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tim Perrin

About Tim Perrin


Tim Perrin is president of Lubbock Christian University (LCU) and a 1987 graduate from the Texas Tech School of Law, where he served as a member of the Law Review and was selected for membership into the Order of the Coif, the honor society for law school graduates. Perrin served as a professor of law, associate provost and vice dean of the law school at the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, before beginning his tenure at LCU as president in 2012. He is a published author and graduated summa cum laude in 1984 from LCU.