Texas Tech University

Griffin Companies President to Speak at August Commencement

K’Leigh Sims

July 28, 2015

Mark Griffin is a Texas Tech School of Law graduate.

Mark Griffin

Mark Griffin, the Griffin Companies president and general counsel and a former Texas Tech University System Board of Regents member will speak at Texas Tech's summer commencement Aug. 8. Griffin served as a Board of Regent from 2005-2009.

“Mark Griffin has been a wonderful ambassador and ardent supporter of Texas Tech University throughout his career,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “His background in giving back to the community exemplifies the outreach in which we encourage our students to engage during school and following graduation. Combined with his successes as a businessman, Mark's message to our students will be impactful and encouraging.”

A Lubbock native, Griffin is a School of Law graduate and oversees Rip Griffin Truck Service Center, Inc. and Pro Petroleum, Inc., which are retail and wholesale fuel marketing, distribution and storage companies. 

Griffin is a graduate of Monterey High School and is a former director for PlainsCapital Bank. He has served on many boards, including the Covenant Health System, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and the Lubbock Independent School District Foundation.

After receiving his law degree in 1979, Griffin began his career in law at Hance, Thompson, Thomas and Sawyer before joining The Griffin Companies in 1981. He also worked as an adjunct professor for business law at Lubbock Christian University from 1982-1985.

Griffin received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas and also is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Lubbock County Bar Association.

Texas Tech will host two commencement ceremonies Aug. 8 – the first at 9 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.

The first commencement ceremony will include the Rawls College of Business, the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, the Graduate School, the College of Human Sciences, university programs, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the National Wind Institute.

The second commencement ceremony will include the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resourcess, the College of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Graduate School, the Honors College (Environment and Humanities and Honors Arts and Letters majors only) and the College of Media & Communication.

For more information about Texas Tech's summer commencements, please visit the commencement website.