Texas Tech University to Honor Graduates

Texas Tech University will award diplomas to 2,504 students during graduation exercises Dec. 12 and 13.

Commencement speakers are former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. Texas Tech's Graduate School will hold its commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12) in the United Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave., in Lubbock. McCain will serve as the ceremony's featured speaker. The ceremony is free and open to the public; parking also is free. Undergraduate commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 13), in the United Spirit Arena. Hance will speak at both ceremonies. The morning ceremony includes students in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Natural History and Humanities Degree Majors, Human Sciences, Mass Communications, Visual and Performing Arts and the Rawls College of Business.                             The afternoon observance includes the Colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education and the Whitacre College of Engineering. U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico Greg Fouratt, a 1995 Texas Tech School of Law graduate, will give the speech at the Texas Tech School of Law hooding ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, in the Student Union Building's Allen Theater. A reception will follow in the Student Union Building. Receptions for the colleges will follow their respective ceremonies. Reception locations are: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in the atrium area of the Animal Science Building; College of Architecture in the Architecture Building, room 101A; College of Arts and Sciences in the foyer in front of room 104 in Holden Hall; Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration in the Business Administration Building Rotunda; College of Education in the second floor foyer of the Education Building; College of Engineering in the Dean's Office Suite; College of Human Sciences in the El Centro Lounge;College of Mass Communications in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion; and College of Visual and Performing Arts in the foyer of the university's  Maedgen Theatre. Outstanding students will carry banners representing their respective colleges. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement. The banner bearers are: Kalyn Mary Sanders, an agricultural communications major from Aubrey, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Simon Timothy McGown, an architecture major from Nacogdoches, College of Architecture; Jill Delynn Propst, a political science major from Lubbock, College of Arts and Sciences; Kelley Nicole Backhaus, a multidisciplinary studies major from Katy, College of Education; Russell Lee Miller, an electrical engineering and computer science major from Lubbock, College of Engineering; Meredith York, a public relations major from Lubbock (morning ceremony), and Maanisaad Shahriar, a petroleum engineering major from Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (afternoon ceremony), Honors College; Amanda Lee Newton, a personal financial planning major from McKinney, College of Human Sciences; Kaitlin Amarys Lisette Chapman, a public relations major from Amarillo, College of Mass Communications; Rebecca Ann Hubbell, a general studies major from Houston, College of Outreach & Distance Education; Ellen Burkholder, a marketing major from Lubbock, Rawls College of Business; and John Wesley Magee, a music major from Arlington, College of Visual and Performing Arts. Selected to carry the banner for the Graduate School is Mickey Best from Duncan, Okla., who this semester receives his doctorate in fine arts-theater. Unveiling the banner for the new College of Outreach & Distance Education is Melissa Clifton Sturdivant of Abilene, who receives her Master of Science degree in horticulture. Also recognized during commencement exercises will be bachelor's degree candidates with the highest grade-point-averages in their respective colleges. Highest ranking December graduates for each college are:
  • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: Kalyn Mary Sanders, an agricultural communications major from Aubrey.
  • Architecture: Simon Timothy McGown, an architecture major from Nacogdoches.
  • Arts and Sciences: Jessica Jean Casler, a political science major from Bedford; Jaci Leigh Glover, a political science major from Linden; Jonathan Simeon Martin, a history/political science major from Del Rio; and Lauren Kaye Valastro, a political science/Spanish major from La Grange.
  • Education: Kelley Nicole Backhaus, a multidisciplinary studies major from Katy.
  • Human Sciences: Ashley Elizabeth Coulon, an early childhood major from Midland; Brooke Danae McIntire, an early childhood major from Shallowater; Amanda Lee Newton, a personal financial planning major from McKinney; Lauren Elizabeth Ratterree, an early childhood major from Mansfield; Kimberly Ann Silverman, a human development and family studies major from Houston; Tasha Alisa Victor, a human development and family studies major from Houston; and Callie Renee Zamorsky, a human development and family studies major from Hutto.
  • Mass Communications:  Kaitlin Amarys Lisette Chapman, a public relations major from Amarillo.
  • Rawls College of Business: Lisa Dyer, an accounting major from Lubbock.
  • Whitacre College of Engineering: Robert Wayne Berry Sr., a petroleum engineering major from Lubbock; Dusty Alan Burger, a mechanical engineering major from Lubbock; Jonathan Todd Dover, a mechanical engineering major from Lubbock; Russell Lee Miller, an electrical engineering and computer science major from Lubbock; Timothy William Monday, a computer engineering major from Lubbock; Phillip Emmit Perley, a civil engineering major from Lubbock; and Aubrey Alvin Spear IV, a mechanical engineering major from Lubbock.
  • Visual and Performing Arts: Colleen Nicole Sisneros, an art history major from Lubbock; and John Wesley Magee, a music major from Arlington.
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