Texas Tech University to Honor Graduates
August 8, 2006
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Date: August 8, 2006
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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
„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
„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.