Texas Tech fall commencement ceremonies feature CASNR students
More than 1,700 Texas Tech students, including 125 from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, received diplomas at the university's fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday (Dec. 17) afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena, located at 18th Street and Indiana Avenue.
During the event, outstanding students carried banners representing their respective colleges. Chamonix Mejia, an agricultural communications major from Laredo, represented CASNR. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement. Mejia was also the highest ranking fall graduate for the college.
Graduation recipients from the individual departments and majors included:• Agribusiness - 4• Agricultural & Applied Economics - 28• Agricultural Communications - 22• Animal Science - 30• Conservation Law Enforcement - 3• Interdisciplinary Agriculture - 9• Landscape Architecture - 1• Natural Resources Management - 18• Plant and Soil Science - 10
Commencement speaker for the program was John Montford, a former member of the Texas Senate and the first chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. He was named as the first chancellor when the TTUS was created in 1996, and served in that role five years. Under his leadership, the system embarked on its first capital campaign, a successful $300 million fundraising effort that ultimately yielded more than $500 million to support Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the system's two component institutions at the time.
A member of the Texas Senate from 1983 to 1996, Montford served as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and as president pro tem. In 1996, he was named as president, external affairs for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, followed by becoming senior vice president for SBC Communications. Since January 2010, the Fort Worth native has been the president and chief executive officer of his own company, JTM Consulting.
Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said, "As our students take part in commencement, we proudly look forward to the ways they will use the talents and skills they cultivated at Texas Tech to benefit their communities and the world."
Written by Norman Martin
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