Texas Tech University to Honor Graduates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 8, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK ?V An assembly of 1,217 Texas Tech University students will receive diplomas during commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m., Saturday (Aug. 12) in the United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave. The featured speaker at the ceremony will be Texas Tech Provost William M. Marcy.

Marcy was appointed provost of Texas Tech University in July of 2002 and senior vice president and provost in 2004. Prior to then he was dean of the College of Engineering at Texas Tech, starting in 1998. He served as senior associate dean of engineering from 1995 to 1998 and chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1987 to 1995.

Marcy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech in 1964. His Master of Science degree from Texas Tech, received in 1966, also was in electrical engineering, and his doctoral degree from Texas Tech was the first interdisciplinary engineering degree awarded in 1972.

The commencement ceremony will include students in the Graduate School and the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Honors, Human Sciences, Mass Communications and Visual and Performing Arts.

Outstanding students will carry banners representing their respective colleges. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement.

The banner bearers are: Jordan Michael Blount, an interdisciplinary agriculture major from Bells, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Jed Owen Laver, an architecture major from Abilene, College of Architecture; Sarah Frances Barwinkel, a history/Spanish major from North Richland Hills, College of Arts and Sciences; Cindy Lychele Glasgow, a finance major from Sweetwater, the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration; Melody Michelle Dean, a multidisciplinary studies major from Katy, College of Education; Felicia Faye Wyatt, an environmental engineering major from Childress, College of Engineering; Bethany Elizabeth Burr, a history/Spanish major from Fort Worth, Honors College; Lindsey Ann Morriss, an interior design major from Houston, College of Human Sciences; Allison Mouser, an electronic media and communications major from Shallowater, College of Mass Communications; and Michael Benjamin Olsen, a music major from Abilene, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Selected to carry the banner for the Graduate School is Amalyssa Jean Rodriguez of Sugar Land, a doctor of philosophy student in clinical psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Also recognized during commencement exercises will be bachelor??s degree candidates with the highest grade-point averages in their respective colleges. In some cases, the honoree also is among the previously mentioned banner bearers.

Highest ranking August graduates are:
„X Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: Jordan Michael Blount, an interdisciplinary agriculture major from Bells;
„X Architecture: Jed Owen Laver, an architecture major from Abilene;
„X Arts and Sciences: Sarah Frances Barwinkel, a history/Spanish major from North Richland Hills;
„X Business Administration: Cindy Lychele Glasgow, a finance major from Sweetwater;
„X Education: Melody Michelle Dean, a multidisciplinary studies major from Katy;
„X Engineering: Thomas Charles Couch, an industrial engineering major from Levelland;
„X Mass Communications: Allison Mouser, an electronic media and communications major from Shallowater;
„X Visual and Performing Arts: Michael Benjamin Olsen, a music major from Abilene.

Some Texas Tech graduates will receive their military commissions during commencement. Jean E. Fuselier of Richardson and Philip A. Yarborough of Cypress will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force, while Brian Galneau of Cypress and Mark Herrmann of Amarillo will receive their commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

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