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Graduation; CASNR students walk in summer commencement ceremonies

Graduation; CASNR students walk in summer commencement ceremonies

More than 1,250 Texas Tech students, including 46 from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, received diplomas at the university’s commencement ceremonies Saturday (Aug. 10) at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

During the event, outstanding students carried banners representing their respective colleges. Rachael Morley, a food science major from Pleasanton, Calif., represented CASNR. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement. Morley was also the highest ranking August graduate for the college.

Graduation recipients from the individual departments and majors included:

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics – 10
  • Agricultural Communications – 3
  • Agriculture Business – 1
  • Animal Science – 5
  • Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources – 2
  • Environmental Crop & Soil Science – 2
  • Food Science – 1
  • Horticulture and Turfgrass Science – 5
  • Interdisciplinary Agriculture – 6
  • Landscape Architecture – 2
  • Natural Resource Management – 7
  • Wildlife & Fisheries Management – 2

Commencement speaker for the morning program was Duane Nellis, the new president of Texas Tech University. As president of the University of Idaho, Nellis increased student enrollment, prioritized research and extended university programs.

Nellis has served at Big 12 peer institutions Kansas State University and the University of West Virginia and is recognized nationally and internationally for his research that utilizes satellite data and geographic information systems to analyze various dimensions of the earth’s land surface. “I speak for the university administration, faculty and staff when I say that we are proud of this summer’s graduating students,” Nellis said. “I’m confident that, as each member of the class of 2013 wraps up their time at Texas Tech, they will continue to pursue a love of learning and strive for honor as Red Raider alumni.”

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or



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