Students Honored During Summer 2009 Commencement
August 6, 2009
More than 1,250 students will receive diplomas at summer graduation.
Donald E. Powell, who served as the former federal coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding
and chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., will speak at Texas Tech University’s
undergraduate commencement ceremonies Saturday (Aug. 8).
More than 1,250 students will receive diplomas during the 9 a.m. event at the United
Spirit Arena, 1701 Indiana Ave. in Lubbock.
The ceremony can be viewed live online at http://streaming.ttu.edu/commencement.htm
Included in the ceremony are students from the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences
and Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Honors, Human Sciences,
Mass Communications, Outreach and Distance Education, Visual and Performing Arts,
the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the Jerry S. Rawls College of
Outstanding students will carry banners representing their respective colleges. Administrators
selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement.
The banner bearers are: Mallory Dawn Dyess, an agricultural communications major
from Slaton, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Claire M. Tranter,
an architecture major from Georgetown, College of Architecture; Ashley Nichole Wilhelm,
an anthropology major from Wellington, College of Arts and Sciences; Torrie Taylor,
a marketing major from Glen Rose, Jerry S. Rawls College of Business; Allison Michelle
Brown, a multidisciplinary studies major from Forney, College of Education; Forrest
Alexander Jones, an electrical engineering major from Albuquerque, N.M., Whitacre
College of Engineering; Matthew Lowrie, a biochemistry major from Fort Worth, Honors
College; Nhi M. Ha, an apparel design and manufacturing major from Houston, College
of Human Sciences; Travis Dailey Fuller, an advertising major from Wylie, College
of Mass Communications; Sydney Anne McIlhaney, a general studies major from Lubbock,
College of Outreach and Distance Education; and Micayla Vera, a studio art major from
Plainview, College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Daniel Poulsen, a doctoral student in family and consumer science and education from
North Tonawanda, N.Y., is the banner bearer for the Graduate School.
Also recognized during commencement exercises are bachelor’s degree candidates with
the highest grade-point-averages in their respective colleges.
Highest ranking August graduates for each college are:
- College of Arts and Sciences: Ashley Nichole Wilhelm, an anthropology major from Wellington.
- Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration: Adam Britten, an accounting major
- Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering: Forrest Alexander Jones, an electrical
engineering major from Albuquerque, N.M.
- College of Human Sciences: Tarrah Michele Moreno, a family and consumer sciences major
- College of Visual and Performing Arts: Katy Renae Baker, a theater arts major from