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TWU schedules spring commencement
DENTON — U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions will address
Texas Woman’s University graduates during the noon commencement
ceremony Saturday, May 13 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.
Marcia Page, vice
president of public affairs for Texas Instruments, will deliver
the commencement address during the morning ceremony. State
Rep. Helen Giddings is the speaker for the 3 p.m. ceremony.
Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony.
undergraduate and 500 graduate degrees will be awarded.
Times for commencement
reflect candidate assignments based on specific schools and
colleges participating in the ceremonies listed below.
each ceremony will follow on the second floor of the Student
Union, located at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.
• 9 a.m.
— Ceremony I for candidates from the College of Arts
and Sciences. A reception will follow from 10:30 to 11:30
• Noon — Ceremony II for candidates from the College
of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. A reception
will follow from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• 3 p.m. — Ceremony III for candidates from the
College of Professional Education, the School of the Arts
and the Department of Kinesiology. A reception will follow
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
TWU will introduce
a bit of history into each ceremony as “The Daughters
of Texas,” legendary composer and conductor John Philip
Sousa’s gift to the university, is played during the
Mr. Sousa was approached
following an Oct. 19, 1928 concert in Denton by several representatives
of what then was the College of Industrial Arts (now TWU).
They presented him with a petition signed by 1,700 young women
who wanted him to compose a march for their school. Mr. Sousa
complied with the request, composing “The Daughters
of Texas.” Before he could send the march to the students,
however, the Sousa Band received a lucrative offer from Minneapolis
to play at the dedication of the skyscraper known as the Foshay
Tower. Mr. Sousa, who apparently didn’t have time to
create a new march for the dedication, used “The Daughters
of Texas,” retitling it “Foshay Tower Washington
Memorial.” The girls, however, received a new march
which again was titled “The Daughters of Texas.”
of Texas” march that will play during the recessional
was recorded during a performance this spring by the TWU Wind
Ensemble, conducted by Garry Evans.
began his tenure in the U.S House of Representatives in 1996,
and was elected to his fifth term in 2004 by the people of
the 32nd Congressional District. He serves as a member of
both the House Committee on Rules and the House Committee
on the Budget, and also chairs the Results Caucus. He consistently
has been rated one of the most conservative members of Congress
by national, non-partisan publications and organizations.
Ms. Page joined
Texas Instruments in 1995. The company established The Texas
Instruments Marcia Page Scholarship for Mathematics and Science
Excellence, named in recognition of the role model Ms. Page
serves as for under-represented females pursuing a career
in math- or science-related fields. She also received the
High Achiever Award by the Black Employees Initiative of Texas
Instruments, the 1999 YWCA Women of Achievement Award, the
1999 Trail Blazer Award from the South Dallas Business and
Professional Women’s Club and the 2000 YWCA Women of
a lifelong resident of Dallas County, currently is serving
her seventh term as a member of the Texas State House of Representatives.
She is chair of the Business and Industry Committee, a member
of the House Higher Education and House Administration committees
and chair of the Research and Oversight Council. She was the
first woman of color and the first Texan to be elected president
of the National Foundation of Women Legislators. In 2001,
Ebony magazine listed her as one of the “100 Plus Most
Influential African Americans” in the country.