Katrina Victim To Graduate From Texas Tech University Independent School District

DATE: May 4, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Despite the fact Hurricane Katrina flooded her all-girl Catholic School in Harahan, La., Claire Simpson found a way to graduate – virtually.

Instead of graduating this year from Ursuline Academy, Simpson will graduate from Texas Tech Independent School District this summer, and will be one of 19 students to walk across the stage during a graduation ceremony. Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech Campus.

Texas Tech Provost William Marcy will give the graduation address.

“It meant a lot to prove to myself that I was disciplined enough to complete this on my own,” Simpson said of graduating through TTUISD. “I know now that I can be a responsible and mature person – I also was able to take part in many things I wouldn’t have been able to do if I had finished at my other school, like help other hurricane victims by distributing food and water through my church.”

Simpson has been accepted to Loyola University New Orleans on an $8,000-a-year recognition award.

TTUISD, the only accredited distance learning K-12 diploma program in Texas, will graduate 137 seniors for the 2005-2006 school year. The graduates come from 13 different states and three foreign countries, including Brazil, Oman and Mexico.

The program, established in 1993, offers a high school curriculum in a combination of print- and electronic-based courses. Graduates of TTUISD average 1137 on their SAT scores and 25 on their ACT scores. All graduates passed all parts of the TAKS or TASS tests.


CONTACT: Gib Weaver, superintendent of TTUISD, (806) 742-7200, ext. 266, or gilbert.weaver@ttu.edu; Leslie Cranford, marketing coordinator for the Division of Outreach and Extended Studies, (806) 742-7200, ext. 250, or leslie.cranford@ttu.edu.