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DENTON — Texas
Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn will address Texas Woman’s
University graduates during the noon commencement ceremony Saturday,
Dec. 13 on TWU’s Denton campus.
The Denton ceremonies,
which include graduates from the Denton and Dallas campuses, are
scheduled at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in the Kitty Magee Arena in
Pioneer Hall, located on Bell Avenue. Students and family members
who have tickets are invited to attend.
Dr. Cecilia May Moreno,
a 2003 TWU Distinguished Alumna, will give the commencement address
during the 9 a.m. ceremony. The Honorable Maryellen Hicks, the first
African-American woman to serve on the Second Court of Appeals in
Fort Worth, is the speaker for the 3 p.m. ceremony.
TWU’s Houston commencement
is scheduled Sunday, Dec. 14.
TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann
Stuart will preside at each ceremony, which includes an academic
procession, conferring of degrees and a commencement address.
Approximately 429 undergraduate
and 336 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. As a special treat
for children, a holiday activity room featuring games, videos and
popcorn will be open in the Student Center. The room will be open
during receptions only.
- 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, the College
of Nursing and the School of Occupational Therapy. A reception
will follow from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- 3 p.m. — Ceremony
III for candidates from the College of Professional Education
and the School of Management. A reception will follow from 4:30
to 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Moreno has been employed
with the Laredo Independent School District for 37 years, beginning
as a teacher and currently serving as executive director for Construction
Planning and Asset Management. She served on the Laredo City Council
for 10 years, and formerly served as mayor pro-tem for the city.
Dr. Moreno currently
serves on the board of trustees for the Teachers Retirement System
of Texas and is a member of the National Council on Teacher Retirement.
She was the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as chairperson
for the Texas Municipal Group Benefits Risk Pool Board. She is a
member of the Laredo Commission for Women Hall of Fame and the LULAC
Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame.
Dr. Moreno received her
bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation
from TWU in 1966, and her master’s in 1968. She holds a master
of business administration degree from Laredo State University,
and earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Texas A&M
was the first woman in history elected as Texas Comptroller. A former
schoolteacher, she was the first female president of the Austin
School Board and was the first female president of the Austin Community
College Board of Trustees. She was the first woman elected mayor
of Austin, and the only mayor elected to three terms. She also was
the first woman in history elected and re-elected to the Texas Railroad
She was re-elected Comptroller
in 2002 with the highest vote total of any winning Republican in
the nation. This year, she received the University of Texas at Austin
Distinguished Alumnus Award. She also received the Outstanding Conservative
Award from the Conservative Alliance of Texas Tech and College Republicans
of Texas Tech, and was the recipient of the Texas Teacher Association’s
“Friend of Education” Award.
also was selected as the first “Friend of Texas Taxpayers”
Award by Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Judge Hicks currently
serves as a visiting judge for the State of Texas and is a mediator
in private practice. She has served as president of the Black Women
Lawyers of Tarrant County and the Fort Worth Black Bar Association.
She also is a former director of the Judicial Section of the State
Bar of Texas.
In addition to her professional
activities, Judge Hicks has been a leading member of many philanthropic
organizations, including the Campaign for Human Development and
the AIDS Outreach Center. She was a founder of the African-American
Summit for Peace, Justice and Equality, which was organized in 1992
as a response to the 1991 riots in Los Angeles. She has hosted “Speak
Out,” a talk show on KKDA radio, for more than 12 years.
Judge Hicks earned her
bachelor’s degree in government from TWU in 1970, and was
recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by the university in 1989.
She was the first African-American graduate of the Texas Tech School
of Law, where she received her juris doctorate degree. That university
named her an outstanding alumnus in 2001.
The Houston ceremony
will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in the ballroom of the
George R. Brown Convention Center. Kathy Williams, vice president
and news director for KRIV-TV in Houston, will be the commencement
speaker. Williams is a 1997 Distinguished Alumna of TWU.
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