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TWU to conduct winter commencement Dec. 16 and 17


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University awarded one degree during its first commencement ceremony in 1904. The university will reach a milestone during fall 2011 commencement ceremonies as the 100,000th degree is awarded.

The first degrees awarded by what then was the Girls Industrial College were the equivalent of junior college degrees. Baccalaureate degrees first were awarded in 1915. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1931, and the first doctorates in 1953.

Fall 2011 ceremonies are scheduled Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 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, will take place in the Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall, located on Bell Avenue. Receptions hosted by TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will follow each ceremony on the second floor of the Student Union, located on the southwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

Approximately 782 undergraduate and 700 graduate degrees will be awarded during the ceremonies.

State Rep. Eric Johnson of Dallas (District 100) will deliver the commencement address for Ceremony I, scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16. State Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas (District 103) will speak during Ceremony II, scheduled at 2 p.m.

Ceremony III will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, with Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources, addressing the graduates. Lori Palmer, CEO of Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas, will speak during Ceremony IV, scheduled at 2 p.m.

Times for commencement reflect candidate assignments based on specific schools and colleges participating in the ceremonies. For more information, visit

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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