DATE: April 28, 2005
CONTACT: Tiffany Tubbs-Berry, tiffany.tubbs@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK --Texas Tech University Independent School District, the only accredited distance learning K-12 diploma program in Texas, will hold its annual graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (May 1) at the Merket Alumni Center. Texas Tech President Jon Whitmore will give the graduation address.

A total of 172 persons have earned diplomas through Texas Tech ISD this year. The graduates come from 18 different states and three foreign countries, including 26 graduates from Brazil. These students completed the American high school curriculum concurrently with their Brazilian courses. Other international students in the class of 2005 include one from Australia and one from Mexico.

According to Gib Weaver, Texas Tech ISD superintendent, students who choose distance education to earn their diploma are anything but typical.

“We have students from all walks of life. Most of our students are young people who are involved in some activity that prevents them from attending a regular school,” Weaver said.

About 32 of the students will be traveling to Lubbock to attend the festivities. Brothers Benedict and Joseph Nguyen-Lee from Richardson are two of those students.

“Benedict and I completed our first year at a public high school,” said Joseph. “I became ill during my second year, and we both decided that home schooling would be the best decision to remain together, so we enrolled in Texas Tech’s Extended Studies program. The flexibility of the program allowed us to adapt to unanticipated circumstances that developed.”

Texas Tech University High School was established in 1993 as a Texas public high school offering Texas high school diplomas at a distance. The elementary and middle school grade levels were added in 1998, making the entire kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum available at a distance. The number of graduates has increased steadily each year, pushing the total to 905.


SOURCE: Gib Weaver, superintendent, Texas Tech University Independent School District, (806) 742-7200, ext. 266 or gilbert.weaver@ttu.edu