May 21, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center students from all campuses will participate in a commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 21) at the United Spirit Arena. A total of 782 students will receive degrees from the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The Health Sciences Center has campuses in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and Odessa, as well as programs in Dallas and Midland.

Commencement speaker will be Roger J. Bulger, M.D., president of the Association of Academic Health Centers, which represents the health complexes of the nation’s major universities. Bulger served as president of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston for 10 years prior to his appointment at the association in 1988.

Bulger, who served as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center at Worcester and dean of its medical school from 1976 to 1978, is a recognized author on the health sciences and health policy with numerous published books.

Hooding ceremonies and student awards were presented at individual school convocations held prior to the commencement ceremony. The following awards were presented:

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences went to Prasad Chimalakonda, Ph.D. The Dean’s Recognition Award went to Audra Day, Ph.D.

For the School of Medicine, the Gold-Headed Cane was presented to Lesley Crowley Motheral, M.D. The Gold-Headed Cane is a symbol for excellence in the art of medicine and in the care of patients. Michelle Babb Tarbox, M.D., received the Dean’s Highest Academic Achievement Award in the School of Medicine.

The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Nursing was presented to Carl Austin Willeford Jr. The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Nursing was presented to Rachel Cook-Norris.

The School of Allied Health Sciences presented the Dean’s Award for Excellence to graduate student Rolando Ramirez and to undergraduate student Logan Alise Horner.

Shawna Elizabeth King, Pharm.D., received the Bowl of Hygeia award for the School of Pharmacy. The award is an internationally recognized symbol for the profession of pharmacy. Angela R. Wills, Pharm.D., was recognized for highest GPA.


NOTE: Media reserved parking will be available in the north parking lot of the United Spirit Arena near the building. Media should enter through the door marked “Faculty/Graduate Entrance” on the north side and proceed downstairs.