Texas Tech pays tribute to the last class of its first century | SehndeWeb

More than 4,700 Texas Tech undergraduate and graduate students from every college in the university marched on stage in front of family and friends during commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

After years of study, the students received their diplomas and heard messages praising them for their hard work and encouraging them for a future life.

Technology President Lawrence Schovanec said this semester’s graduates carry the distinction of being the last class of the first century in Texas Tech’s history — the university celebrating its centennial in the coming year — as well. than being a class that persevered through a pandemic.

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“You have shown an exceptional level of perseverance and courage,” Schovanec said. “You have learned to be more resourceful and adaptable. These are traits that will serve you well for the rest of your life. I am assured that you are prepared and ready to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges that life will inevitably present.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec addressed the graduates during Friday afternoon's commencement ceremony at the United Supermarkets Arena.

He also conveyed his gratitude to the graduating class for choosing Texas Tech and for leaving their mark on the university.

Texas Tech System Board of Regents Vice Chairman Mark Griffin reminded graduates that this moment is not just a time to celebrate graduates’ academic achievements, but also a time to celebrate everyone who has helped them acquire a university education.

He said graduating from Texas Tech means they are part of a family and a proud Red Raiders heritage.

Texas Tech students participated in the commencement ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

“You will be part of a special tradition…you will become leaders in your families and in your communities,” Griffin said.

This year, the speakers at the start were students from each graduation ceremony, reflecting on their time at Tech and the lessons they learned along the way.

After the provost conferred the degrees on the students, the students sang the Matador song for the first time as graduates of Texas Tech University. In total, nearly 5,000 students graduated from Texas Tech, Texas Tech School of Law, and other university entities this semester.

A new Texas Tech graduate gives the Guns Up during Friday afternoon's commencement ceremony at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Banner stands

Outstanding students, chosen based on their overall achievements, will carry banners representing their colleges. The banner holders are:

Davis College: Isabella A. Schoenherr, Natural Resource Management

Faculty of Architecture: Jacqueline Reyes, architecture

College of Arts and Sciences: Dyllin Jett Gallegos, Cellular and Molecular Biology

College of Education: Melanie Nicole Scott, Education

College of Humanities: Julia Brown, Addiction Counseling and Rehabilitation Sciences

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