May 12, 2014
Thousands of students will graduate Friday and Saturday (May 16-17) during five Texas Tech University commencement ceremonies at the United Spirit Arena.
Commencement exercises for the College of Arts and Sciences begin at 3 p.m. Friday. The Graduate School will follow at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Rawls College of Business, Honors College, College of Media and Communication, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resourcess, Wind Energy and the Office of the Provost (B.A. University Studies) will begin their ceremony at 9 a.m. The Colleges of Architecture, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts will begin commencement exercises at 1:30 p.m. The School of Law will wrap up the weekend with its hooding ceremony at 6 p.m.
All ceremonies will take place at the United Spirit Arena (18th Street and Indiana Avenue).
About Kent R. Hance
Hance became chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in December 2006, which was comprised of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Since then, the System has doubled in size, growing from two universities to four with the addition of Angelo State University and creation of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.
Under Hance’s leadership, the TTU System has set records in enrollment, research and degrees awarded. Hance, who announced his retirement for later in 2014, completed a billion-dollar capital campaign nearly a year early.
He is a former Texas state senator, Texas Railroad Commission chairman and U.S. congressman. In 1981, Hance authored President Reagan’s tax bill, which remains the largest tax cut in American history. As a congressman, Hance served on the Ways & Means, Agriculture and Science & Technology Committees.
Before his political career, Hance was a faculty member at Texas Tech University for five years. In 1973, Hance was recognized as an Outstanding Professor. Additionally, he has taught a leadership seminar class while serving as chancellor and will continue to teach this course as chancellor emeritus.
He is a founding partner of his Austin-based law firm, Hance Scarborough, LLP. A native of Dimmitt, Hance received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1965 and his law degree from the University of Texas in 1968.
About Greg Abbott
Attorney General Abbott oversees more than 700 attorneys who represent the State of Texas. He personally has appeared in courtrooms around the state and obtained indictments against criminals charged with offenses ranging from attempted aggravated assault of a child to capital murder.
His public service career began in Houston as a state trial judge in the 129th District Court. In 1995, then-Gov. George W. Bush appointed Abbott to the Texas Supreme Court. Twice elected to the Texas Supreme Court, Abbott earned numerous awards, including “Jurist of the Year” from the Texas Review of Law & Politics and Appellate Specialists; and “Appellate Judge of the Year” from the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Attorney General Abbott has held leadership positions in numerous community organizations and served as the Honorary State Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas in 2004.
A native Texan, Attorney General Abbott graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas and received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University, after attending Texas Tech University School of Law his first year. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. He and his wife Cecilia have been married for 32 years and live in Austin with their daughter, Audrey.
Outstanding students, selected based on all-around achievement, will carry banners representing their respective colleges.
The following students are banner bearers:
The highest ranking fall graduates for each college include:
Commencement ceremonies can be viewed online here.
Jones AT&T stadium will be open for graduates to take photos with family members and friends from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday. Graduates may enter through the top of home tunnel on the southwest side by Gate 1. Graduates and their visitors can park in the C1 lot west of the stadium.
For more information about commencement, including information on maps, guest seating, college receptions, parking and hotels, click here.
Receptions for the colleges will be held immediately following the ceremonies. Receptions will be located as follows:
TV: Suddenlink channel 128
Streamed Online:Click here
For more information about commencement, including maps, parking, hotels and college receptions, click here.
Streamed Online:Click here
(May ceremony only)
For more information about the hooding ceremony, including, parking, maps and reception information, click here.
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