Texas Tech Students to be Honored During August 2007 Commencement - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/07

Texas Tech Students to be Honored During August 2007 Commencement

Texas Tech Alumnus Geoff Wayne, who serves as executive vice president and director of corporate development for Behavioral Health Group, will speak at Texas Tech University's commencement ceremonies Saturday, August 11.

More than 1,262 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas during the 9 a.m. ceremony at the United Spirit Arena.

The ceremony will include students from the Colleges of Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Honors and Visual & Performing Arts, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Education, Human Sciences, Mass Communications and the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration. Receptions for the colleges will followed their respective ceremonies.

Reception locations are:

  • College of Architecture in the Architecture Gallery and College of Arts and Sciences in the foyer area of room 104 in Holden Hall.
  • The College of Education held its induction ceremony at 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in the City Bank Room of the United Spirit Arena.

Outstanding students will carry banners representing their respective colleges.

Administrators select the banner bearers based on all-around achievement. The banner bearers will be: Kerry Marshall King, and agricultural and applied economics major from Ralls, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Amanda Ann Penner, an architecture major from Sugar Land, College of Architecture; Bryan D. Wilson, an economics major from Justin, College of Arts and Sciences; Emily Beaver, an accounting major from Denton, Jerry S. Rawls College of Business; Andrea Lauren Whetsel, a multidisciplinary studies major from Prosper, College of Education; Christopher Lee Obel, an electrical engineering major from Lubbock, College of Engineering; Heather Woods, a public relations major from Corpus Christi, Honors College; Virginia Renee Spiller, a retailing major  from San Antonio, College of Human Sciences; Sharisse Lynn Hubbard, a journalism/Spanish dual major from Sachse, College of Mass Communications; and Sarah Marie Mondle, a dance major from Casper, Wyo., College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Danny Terrell Carmichael of Wellman will carry the banner for the Graduate School.

Also recognized during commencement exercises were 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: Sharisse Lynn Hubbard, a journalism/Spanish dual major from Sachse.
  • Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration: Emily K. Beaver, an accounting major from Denton; and Grant S. Haag, a management honors major from Flower Mound.
  • College of Engineering: Christopher Lee Obel, an electrical engineering major from Lubbock.
  • College of Human Sciences: Virginia Renee Spiller, a retailing major  from San Antonio,
  • College of Mass Communications: Caitlin Anne Holland, a public relations major from Early; and Sharisse Lynn Hubbard, a journalism/Spanish dual major from Sachse.
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts: Andrew James Ross, a music performance major from Amarillo.      

Due to the highway construction around the university, parents and guests of the graduates should leave early when going to the United Spirit Arena. 

There should be no difficulty arriving from the south at 19th Street and Indiana Avenue.  Those arriving from the north should use Texas Tech Parkway, west of Indiana on Fourth Street, and follow the parkway to the United Spirit Arena. 

There is no access south on Indiana Avenue from the Brownfield Highway.  Illuminated signs placed on Fourth Street will direct visitors and graduates to the parkway.

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