Upcoming Commencement Ceremony, a First for New Texas Tech University College

by ABBY TOMLINSON

December 16, 2008

Lubbock, Texas, Dec. 4, 2008 - The upcoming commencement ceremonies at the United Spirit Arena will be a first for the newly established College of Outreach and Distance Education (CODE). Students who completed their degrees at a distance will be recognized this semester by having the new college's banner carried with the banners of the other academic colleges.

Banner bearers for the College have been identified for two of the ceremonies. The Graduate School commencement will be held on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. The banner bearer will be Melissa Sturdivant of Abilene, Texas, a graduate candidate for a Master of Science in Horticulture. Rebecca Hubbell, a Bachelor of General Studies candidate from Houston, will serve as the banner bearer during the ceremony on Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Hubbell said she is excited to be one of the first two students asked to bear the banner. She will be joined at the ceremony by her husband and daughter, both of whom were her inspiration to complete her degree through distance education.

"Carrying the flag at commencement will make the whole experience real to me," Hubbell said. "I am really graduating and have actually accomplished this goal I’ve had for decades."

The banner becoming part of commencement ceremonies this Dec. will solidify the college's status transition from a division to a college, and for Dean Matt Baker, it will be an important milestone in the pursuit of the college's new goals. One of those goals is to work with academic departments and colleges to offer additional degree, certificate and certification preparation programs. The college currently coordinates the delivery of more than 30 programs offered at a distance and through off-campus instruction.

About the College - The College of Outreach and Distance Education (CODE) gained the distinction of being named Texas Tech University's 11th college in September 2008 and will aid the university in reaching its goal of 40,000 enrollments by the year 2020. CODE coordinates distance education offerings as well as programs offered at off-campus sites in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes (Marble Falls), and Junction. Additionally, CODE administers self-paced, independent study print and web-based distance learning programs that include college and K-12 courses for credit, a Bachelor of General Studies degree, and an accredited K-12 diploma-granting program - the Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD). CODE offers non-credit community outreach programs for both students and adults through the Outdoor School at TTU Center at Junction, Study with the Masters and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Texas Tech University. CODE also assists academic departments in developing and delivering non-credit short courses, certificate programs, customized training, and workshops for professionals. The main office of the College of Outreach and Distance Education is located at 605 Indiana Avenue adjacent to the International Cultural Center.


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