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