Texas Tech University

TTU K-12 High School Hosts Commencement Ceremony

Leslie Cranford

May 29, 2018

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The online high school program boasts hundreds of graduates.

Texas Tech University High School, part of TTU K-12, will host its annual commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday (June 2) at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 2521 17th St.

This year's commencement speaker is Justin R. Louder, associate vice provost for Texas Tech University eLearning & Academic Partnerships. Louder previously served as the assistant vice provost for eLearning, where he was the director of the Office of Online Compliance & Regulation and acted as the primary consultant for Texas Tech colleges and department leaders on the development of new, high-demand eLearning degree and certificate proposals.

Louder served concurrently as the managing director of the TTU Ethics Center, which was established in 2010. He is a frequent national and international presenter, lecturer and author on the topics of distance and online learning, student ethics and academic integrity.


TTU K-12 is an accredited school promoting student success – anytime, anywhere – using innovative online technologies, rigorous and reputable curriculum, excellent state-certified teacher instruction and quality customer service.

Presley Duyck, a high school senior from Frisco who will be attending the ceremony, said switching from public school to the more flexible schedule of TTU K-12 and online learning helped her pursue her passion for theater and music.

“In a public school, you have set times you have to be there, and you are stuck in the building,” Duyck said. “With TTU K-12, I'm not limited to when I have to do schoolwork. I can do my schoolwork at night if I need to in order to take college-level acting, singing or dance classes during the day. My decision to attend TTU K-12 is one of the best decisions I've ever made.”

During the 2017-18 school year, more than 300 students completed their high school graduation requirements through TTU K-12. Eighteen of those graduates and their families will attend the commencement ceremony on the Texas Tech campus, along with Texas Tech mascot Raider Red. Those attending include 16 students from Texas, one from New Mexico and one from Tennessee.

Louder praised the graduates, who are joining thousands of TTU K-12 alumni from all over the world, and said he can't wait to see what they do next. 

“I want to congratulate the TTU K-12 class of 2018,” Louder said. “As they move on to their next endeavor, whether that be studying at an institution of higher education or a community college, or joining the work force, they are well prepared for whatever their future may bring them. I also would like to congratulate their parents, siblings, extended family members and friends for helping our graduates get to this point.”

Established by the State Board of Education in fall 1993, TTU K-12 was designed to help students whose educational challenges were not being met adequately by traditional schools. Since then, it has grown to serve students across the country and in more than 65 countries around the world.

TTU K-12 provides educational solutions by offering more than 160 courses. The course of study allows students to ultimately earn an accredited Texas high school diploma. The program offers a full-time and supplementary program, as well as credit by examination.

TTU K-12 is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, and the high school is accredited by the NCAA. All courses and credit-by-exams are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).