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Cool Commencement; CASNR students featured at December ceremonies

Cool Commencement; CASNR students featured at December ceremonies

More than 2,300 students Texas Tech students, including 114 from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, received diplomas at the university’s commencement ceremonies Saturday (Dec. 14) at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

During the event outstanding students carried banners representing their respective colleges. Theresa Graf, an agricultural communications major from Momence, Ill., and Ashley Daggs, an animal science major from Killeen, represented CASNR. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement.

Graduation recipients from the individual departments and majors included:

  • Agribusiness – 1
  • Agricultural & Applied Economics – 32
  • Agricultural & Applied Economics/General Business – 1
  • Agricultural Communications – 16
  • Animal Science – 25
  • Conservation Law Enforcement – 1
  • Environmental Crop & Soil Sciences – 1
  • Food Science – 8
  • Horticulture – 10
  • Interdisciplinary Agriculture – 6
  • Natural Resources Management – 13

Texas Tech alumnus Wayne Isom, the Terry Allen Kramer Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, served as commencement speaker for Saturday’s ceremonies. Following his undergraduate studies at Texas Tech, Isom earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1965.

Over his 30-year career, Manhattan-based Isom has been responsible for teaching third year medical students, as well as general surgery house staff. He has also been instrumental in training more than 50 cardiothoracic surgeons who are now either practicing or teaching throughout the country.

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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