Countdown to commencement ends as CASNR students launch new careers
By: Norman Martin
More than 4,100 students Texas Tech students, including 219 from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, received diplomas at the university's commencement ceremonies on Saturday (May 19) at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock.
During the event, outstanding students carried banners representing their respective colleges. Kaden Hicks, an agricultural and applied economics major from Hereford, represented CASNR. Administrators selected the banner bearers based on all-around achievement.
Separately, the highest-ranking spring graduates from CASNR were recognized. They included Hicks, along with
• Jacy Cabler, an agricultural communications major from Spur
• Paisley Cooper, an agricultural communications major from Lamesa
• Brooke Johnson, an agricultural and applied economics major from Fairfield
• Cole Perkins, an animal science major from Llano
• Garrett Scitern, an interdisciplinary agriculture major from Anson
"Commencement provides us the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our students," said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. "It's also an opportunity to convey our appreciation for their contributions to our university while they made Texas Tech University their home during their academic careers. Graduation is an opportunity to acknowledge the important role that family, faculty and staff have played in supporting these students."
Graduation recipients from the individual departments and majors included:
• Agribusiness - 7
• Agricultural & Applied Economics - 38
• Agricultural & Applied Economics/General Business - 2
• Agricultural Communications - 31
• Animal Science - 59
• Animal Science/Food Science - 1
• Conservation Law Enforcement - 2
• Food Science - 5
• Interdisciplinary Agriculture - 25
• Landscape Architecture - 9
• Natural Resources Management - 26
• Natural Resources Management/Chemical Engineering - 1
• Plant & Soil Science - 13
Jason Jenkins, a graduate of Texas Tech and Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs for the Miami Dolphins football club, served as the spring commencement speaker for CASNR's Saturday afternoon ceremony. He earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the College of Media & Communication in 1997 and has worked in the communications field in the National Football League since 2002.
"Never lose your network," Jenkins said. "Never lose your relationships. Support, give and be a great member of Texas Tech University."
After graduating from Texas Tech, Jenkins worked in the Texas Tech athletic department in a variety of positions before taking a job as promotion manager and sports communications assistant at Lehigh University in 1997. He then served as associate athletics director at Texas Southern University from 1999 to 2002. In 2017, Jenkins was selected as a Tech's College of Media & Communication Outstanding Alumni Award winner.
CONTACT: William Brown, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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