Texas Tech University

Commencement Speaker

Spring 2018

Jason Jenkins

Jason Jenkins

Jason Jenkins is in his 10th season with the Miami Dolphins and was named senior vice president, communications and community affairs in January 2015. Jenkins oversees the organization's front-facing brands, including media outreach, public relations, digital and social media and community efforts.

Jenkins previously served as the team's vice president of communications, being named to that position in May 2013. Prior to joining the Dolphins, Jenkins working in the media relations department for the San Francisco 49ers as the Director of Public Relations, Operations and Assistant Public Relations Director. During his time in the National Football League, Jenkins has been selected by the NFL to coordinate public relations for the Pro Bowl seven times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and one time for the NFC Championship Game (2006). He has also conducted seminars at the Rookie Symposium and NFL Business Summit on media relations.

Prior to his move to the 49ers, Jenkins served as the Associate Athletics Director at Texas Southern University from 1999-2002 and the Athletics Sales and Promotion Manager and Sports Communications Assistant at Lehigh University from 1997-99.

A native of Houston, Texas, Jenkins earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Tech University in 1997. Upon graduation, Jenkins worked in various positions within the athletics department at Texas Tech. In 2017, Jenkins was selected by faculty and alumni as an Outstanding Alumni Award winner. He resides in Coral Springs with his wife Elizabeth and two children Liya and Aiden.

 

Previous Commencement Speakers


Abner Euresti

Abner Euresti
Fall, 2017

Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes

Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes
Summer, 2017

David J. Schmidly, Ph.D.

David J. Schmidly, Ph.D.
Spring, 2017

John T. Montford

John T. Montford
Fall, 2016

Andres Alcantar

Andres Alcantar
Summer, 2016

Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier
Spring, 2016

Marsha Sharp

Marsha Sharp
Fall, 2015

Mark Griffin

Mark Griffin
Summer, 2015

Arcilia Acosta

Arcilia Acosta
Spring, 2015

Dr. Mica R. Endsley-Jones

Dr. Mica R. Endsley-Jones
Fall, 2014

Douglas E. Barnhart

Douglas E. Barnhart
Summer, 2014

Kent Hance

Kent R. Hance
Spring, 2014

Dr. O. Wayne Isom

Dr. O. Wayne Isom
Fall, 2013

Paul L. Foster

Paul L. Foster
Fall, 2013

Duane Nellis

Duane Nellis
Summer, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz
Spring, 2013

Congressman Randy Neugebauer

Congressman Randy Neugebauer
Spring, 2013

Ray Maybus

Ray Maybus
Fall, 2012

W. Mark Lanier

W. Mark Lanier
Spring, 2012

Jerry S Rawls

Jerry S. Rawls
Spring, 2012

Bernard T. Mittemeyer, M.D.

Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.
Fall, 2011

Bernard T. Mittemeyer, M.D.

Bernard T. Mittemeyer, M.D.
Summer, 2011

Ginger Kerrick

Ginger Kerrick
Fall, 2010

Judge Royal Furgeson

Judge Royal Furgeson
Spring, 2010

Chancellor Kent Hance

Chancellor Kent Hance
Fall 2009

Donald E. Powell

Donald E. Powell
August, 2009
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Karen P. Hughes

Ambassador Karen P. Hughes
May, 2009
Graduate School Commencement

Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley
May, 2009
Undergraduate School Commencement

Clay Sell

Clay Sell
August, 2008

Dr. Dale E. Klein

Dr. Dale E. Klein
Spring, 2008
Graduate School Commencement

James A. Barker, III

James A. Baker, III
Spring, 2008
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Katharine Hayhoe
Fall, 2007
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Paul L. Foster
Fall, 2007
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Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst
Fall, 2007
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Geoff Wayne
August, 2007

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Dr. John W. Ryan
Spring, 2007
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The Honorable Roger Williams, Secretary of State
Fall, 2006
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Grandmaster Susan Polger

Grandmaster Susan Polger
Spring, 2007
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Dr. William M. Marcy
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Ambassador Gregory W. Engle
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Margaret Spellings
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Dr. Shelby D. Hunt
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Senator John Cornyn
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Dr. Donald R. Haragan
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Wyman Meinzer
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Dr. Kishor C. Mehta
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Carole Keeton Rylander
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George Bush
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George W. Bush
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Queen Noor of Jordan
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