Students Honored During Summer 2009 Commencement

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 Business.  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 from Groom
  • 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 from Lubbock.
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts: Katy Renae Baker, a theater arts major from White Settlement.