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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.

TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony.

Approximately 646 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.

Receptions for 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 a.m.
• Noon — Ceremony II for candidates from the College of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. A reception will follow from 1:30-2:30 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 recessional.

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.”

“The Daughters 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.


Congressman Sessions 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 Excellence Award.

Rep. Giddings, 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.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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