Verizon Eminent Scholar Lecture Cancelled
TWU Schedules Spring Commencement
DENTON — Texas Woman’s University graduates will receive their
degrees in commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 10 on the Denton campus. An
honorary doctorate will be presented to Dr. Marie M. Clay, founder of the Reading
Recovery early literacy intervention program.
Students and family members who have tickets are invited to attend. The ceremonies,
which include graduates from the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses, are scheduled
at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in the Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall, located
on Bell Avenue.
TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony, which includes
an academic procession, conferring of degrees and a commencement address.
Approximately 626 undergraduate and 339 graduate degrees will be awarded.
Times for commencement reflect candidate assignments based on specific schools
and colleges participating in the ceremonies listed below. Receptions for each
ceremony will follow on the second floor of the Student Center, located at Bell
Avenue and Administration Drive. As a special treat for children, an activity
room featuring games, videos and popcorn will be open in room 207 of the Student
Center. The room will be open during receptions only.
- 9 a.m. — Ceremony I for candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Lou Rodenberger, a writer and lecturer, will deliver the commencement
address. A reception will follow from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Noon — Ceremony II for candidates from the College of Nursing. Dr.
Cheryl Aspy, educational director for the Oklahoma Center for Family Medicine
Research, will be the commencement speaker. A reception will follow from 1:30-2:30
- 3 p.m. — Ceremony III for candidates from the College of Health Sciences,
the School of Occupational Therapy and the College of Professional Education.
Diane Dwight, chair of the Texas Woman’s University Foundation, will
be the commencement speaker. Chancellor Stuart will present Dr. Clay with
an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony. A reception
for graduates and their families will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Rodenberger earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1947 from
TWU (then known as Texas State College for Women). She worked as a newspaper
reporter in Kerrville, then taught high school journalism in Levelland. She
earned both her master’s and doctorate at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rodenberger holds the title of Professor Emerita at McMurray University
in Abilene, where she taught English for a number of years. She has published
numerous writings, many of them in literary and historical journals. In September
2002, First Lady Laura Bush invited her to attend the White House Symposium
on Women of the West, which focuses on the literary legacy of women and their
lasting impact on the American myth and popular culture.
Dr. Rodenberger is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and a
member of the Texas Institute of Letters. She is secretary of the TWU Foundation
Board, a member of the advisory committee for the TWU Library Woman’s
Collection and a 1987 TWU Distinguished Alumna.
Dr. Aspy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from TWU in
1971 and 1975, respectively. She received her doctorate from the University
of Maryland in 1981,
In addition to serving as educational director for the Oklahoma Center for Family
Dr. Aspy also directs a mini-fellowship in family medicine research and teaches
behavioral medicine to second-year family medicine residents at the University
of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She has authored or co-authored six books and
more than 40 articles, and has presented more than 50 national and international
workshops and seminars on a variety of skill development topics.
She was named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 1999.
Diane Dwight earned her bachelor of science degree in government from TWU in
1976 and her juris doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas School of
Law. She has been licensed to practice law in the state of Texas since 1980
and was a trial lawyer from 1981 through 1997. Her cases focused on cancer,
leukemia and lung diseases caused by workplace exposure to asbestos and other
She was one of the first women to serve on the Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Directors.
Ms. Dwight formerly served on the Governor’s Commission for Women and
was a selection committee member for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. She
currently is chair of the TWU Foundation and a member of that foundation’s
board of directors. She also was a donor and organizer for the Sarah Weddington
Centennial Leadership Conference at TWU. Ms. Dwight was named a TWU Distinguished
Alumna in 2002.
Dr. Clay, Dame Commander of the British Empire and Professor Emerita of the
University of Auckland in New Zealand, was the only literacy scholar named as
most influential over three decades — the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s —
by her peers in the National Reading Conference. She was the first woman appointed
professor at the University of Auckland, and was the first non-American elected
president of the International Reading Association.
Dr. Clay currently serves in an editorial and advisory role for many of the
research projects being carried out by 52 Reading Recovery trainers in the United
States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
TWU is one of 23 Reading Recovery University Training Centers in the United
States, and is the only university in the world providing training for trainers
of Descubriendo La Lectura, the Spanish-language version of Reading Recovery.
For Further Information Contact:
Tel: (940) 898-3456