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TWU schedules spring commencement


DENTON — U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess will address Texas Woman’s University graduates during the noon commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14 on TWU’s Denton campus.

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.

Dr. Glenda Brock Simmons, former TWU dean of students and vice president for student life, will deliver the commencement address during the morning ceremony. Dr. Janie Hott Humphries, the McGehee Professor of Early Childhood Education at Louisiana Tech University, will address graduates during the 3 p.m. ceremony. Both were named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 2004.

An honorary doctor of humane letters degree will be presented to Dr. Kaye Stripling, former superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, during the 3 p.m. ceremony. Dr. Stripling is a 2002 Distinguished Alumna of TWU.

TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony, which includes an academic procession, conferring of degrees and a commencement address.

Approximately 653 undergraduate and 412 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.

  • 9 a.m. — Ceremony I for candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Glenda Brock Simmons, former TWU dean of students and vice president for student life, 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 Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. A reception will follow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. — Ceremony III for candidates from the College of Professional Education and the School of Management. Dr. Janie Hott Humphries. A reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Simmons served as TWU’s dean of students and vice president for student life for 14 years, and was a member of the business and economics faculty for 22 years. On her retirement in 1997, she was named vice president emeritus, the only person ever to hold such a title at TWU. Dr. Simmons remains active in TWU and in the Denton community, serving as a member of the TWU Chancellor’s Circle and the Strategic Planning Committee and volunteering with Ann’s Haven Hospice, the RSVP tutoring program and the United Way.

Congressman Burgess represents Texas’ 26th District in the United States Congress, where he is a member of the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee. The committee has oversight of the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy and the Federal Communications Commission. Rep. Burgess also serves as chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.

Dr. Humphries’ contributions to early childhood education have been recognized by the Louisiana Early Childhood Association (formerly the Louisiana Association for Children Under Six), which in 1992 awarded her the prestigious Mildred Souther Award for Outstanding Service to Louisiana’s Children. The Southern Early Childhood Association selected her as its Outstanding Member for 2003. Most notable is her work with LINC (Lincoln Institutions Networking for Children), a comprehensive program for children ages 3 to 7.

TWU will honor Dr. Stripling for her leadership of the Houston ISD, the nation’s seventh-largest school district. Under her leadership, the district saw a six-fold increase in the number of exemplary schools, passed the largest bond issue in its history, and produced a 70 percent increase in students taking pre-college exams.

The honorary doctorate will be only the ninth presented by TWU in the university’s history.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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