Tech provost proposes changes to Tech commencement

Tech provost proposes changes to Tech commencement

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - An email has been sent out to all Texas Tech students, faculty and staff regarding some proposed changes Provost Michael Galyean's office has in mind for commencement ceremonies.

The first of the proposed changes is to feature an RSVP system that would allot a certain number of tickets for graduates to give to friends and family. This is also thought to increase available parking and will allow for a new shuttle system to be introduced.

The university also wants to use a convocations management program that will enable use of the United Supermarkets Arena jumbotron to display names, degrees earned and honors bestowed. It will also move to feature commencement speakers who are already faculty and staff within the university.

Tech also proposes phasing out the August commencement ceremonies mostly because of lower attendance in those events. August graduates will be encouraged to participate in either the May or December graduation ceremonies, before or after they finish their degrees.

The university is asking all of those with comments or concerns on the proposals to email it at on or before Nov. 17.

The exact text of the email goes as follows:

Texas Tech University has a strong tradition of recognizing all of our individual graduates at our annual Commencement ceremonies. Our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and administration have been engaging in discussions centered around retaining our valued Commencement traditions, while accommodating our growing number of graduates and their family members. We are excited to propose several changes to our Commencement celebrations that will preserve our Red Raider traditions, while allowing us to effectively serve all our graduates and their families. For your consideration, details of the proposal follow:

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