International Student Graduation Reception, Fall 2014
On December 10, 2014, the Office of International Affairs invited Fall international graduates, as well as their families, friends and mentors to a reception in honor of their graduation from Texas Tech University. The reception celebrated the graduation of international undergraduate and graduate students from over forty countries. Guests gathered together to enjoy conversation, remarks from Texas Tech administration, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment provided by the TTU World Music Ensemble through the School of Music. All graduating students in attendance received a special gift from the Office of International Affairs, as well as the chance to win door prizes from various businesses around Lubbock.
Remarks were made by Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Provost and Senior Vice President; Ambassador
Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., Vice Provost for International Affairs; and Wenjun (Andy) Jiang,
a student graduating with a Master of Science in Management Information Systems. In
an address to the international graduates, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. said, "Congratulations
again for having selected Texas Tech as your U.S. University; please tell others about
your experiences here because we want more students just like you. And when you succeed
in your career choice – which you will - and become a high ranking business or government
official, please remember to support Texas Tech!"
Graduating students were given the opportunity to share their best opportunity as a student at Texas Tech University. Students from around the world shared their experiences as a Red Raider:
- "Working as a Transfer Ambassador and meeting amazing friends along the way made my 2 years at Texas Tech very memorable. I am a Red Raider!" - Marian Grace Hernandez, Philippines
- "It's my honor to be a Red Raider. I am glad that I dedicated myself to promote diversity to Texas Tech University and built up lasting friendships between friends from different nations." – Wenjun (Andy) Jiang, China
- "The education at Texas Tech University has given me an opportunity to pursue my dream career, and I also met my husband here! The time spent with the people here and Tech traditions have been a wonderful experience. From here, it's possible!" – Neha Marathe, India
- "I spent the final two years of my undergrad as a Red Raider and I can say without doubt or hesitation that this experience has been life-changing. I was able to get involved with United Future Leaders, an organization on campus which helps to facilitate the teaching of civility, ethics, and most of all, leadership at 5th and 6th grade campuses in LISD, Brownfield ISD and Shallowater ISD. This experience allowed me to develop my true sense of leadership, belonging and purpose." – Dwayne Extol, Jamaica
The Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech University wishes all graduating international students the best of luck with their future endeavors and encourages them to say involved as an alumni.