Texas Tech Holds Extra Ceremony as Record Number of Students Graduate

A record 3,170 students will receive diplomas during five ceremonies held May 9-10 at the United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave.

Written by Cory Chandler

A record 3,170 students will receive diplomas during five ceremonies held May 9-10 at the United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave.

The students comprise Texas Tech’s largest graduating class, prompting the College of Arts and Sciences to hold its own ceremony for the first time.

The ceremonies will begin at the following times: May 9: The colleges of Architecture, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts will honor students at 4 p.m. The Graduate School’s ceremony begins at 7 p.m. May 10: The Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Business Administration, Mass Communications and the Honors College will honor students at 9 a.m.; the College of Arts and Sciences observance follows at 1:30 p.m. while the School of Law hooding begins at 6 p.m. Grandmother and granddaughter graduate together Eighty-nine-year-old student Elleta Nolte will graduate with her granddaughter, Rebecca Nolte, at the May 10 College of Arts and Sciences spring ceremony. Elleta will receive a degree in general studies at the event while Rebecca will receive a degree in English.

Speakers Dale E. Klein, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), is the speaker for the May 9 undergraduate ceremony and also at the 7 p.m. Graduate School exercises.

James A. Baker III, who has served three United States presidents, will deliver the address at both May 10 undergraduate ceremonies.

Brian Newby, chief of staff to Gov. Rick Perry, will speak at the School of Law hooding ceremony.

Receptions Receptions for the colleges follow their respective ceremonies. Reception locations are: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in the Atrium of the Animal Science Building; College of Architecture in the Architecture Gallery; College of Arts and Sciences in the foyer area of room 104 in Holden Hall; Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration in the Rotunda of the Business Administration Building; College of Education in the second floor foyer of the Education Building; College of Engineering in the Engineering Center; College of Human Sciences in the El Centro room of the Human Sciences Building; College of Mass Communications in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion; College of Visual and Performing Arts in the Hemmle Hall Foyer; the School of Law, Merket Alumni Center.