TWU Spring Commencement May 11
TWU Spring Commencement May 11
DENTON Texas Woman's University will hold commencement
ceremonies on May 11.
Ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in the
Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall, located along Bell Avenue.
Receptions for each ceremony will follow on the second floor of
the Student Center, located at the intersection of Bell Avenue
and Administration Drive.
Students and faculty members who have tickets are invited to
attend commencement ceremonies.
TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony,
which includes an academic procession, certification of degrees
and a commencement address.
Approximately 451 undergraduate and 291 graduate degrees will
Times for commencement reflect candidate assignments based on
schools and colleges participating in the ceremonies listed
- 9 a.m. Ceremony I for candidates from the College
of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. Dr. Jill
Shugart, former superintendent of the Garland Independent
School District and a TWU distinguished alumna, will be
the commencement speaker. A reception will follow the
ceremony from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Noon Ceremony II for candidates from the College
of Arts and Sciences. Dolores Barzune, a member of the
Texas Woman's University Foundation Board and a TWU
distinguished alumna, will be commencement speaker for
ceremony II. A reception will follow from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- 3 p.m. Ceremony III for candidates from College of
Professional Education, School of Occupational Therapy
and School of Physical Therapy. Former Lubbock Mayor Mary
Windy Sitton, a TWU distinguished alumna,
will be the commencement speaker for ceremony III. A
reception will follow from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Dr. Shugart earned her master of arts in history from TWU in
1972, and her doctoral degree in adult continuing education from
TWU in 1980. She was named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 1986.
Dr. Shugart's involvement with Garland ISD began as a
first-grade student in 1946. She was an honor graduate of Garland
High School in 1958, and began her teaching career at Sam Houston
Middle School four years later. She taught for eight years at
Garland High School and for five years at North Garland before
becoming the first woman in the district to be named a high
school assistant principal.
In 1979 she moved to the GISD administration building as
director of communications, a position she held for three years
before becoming assistant superintendent for educational
operations. She was in that position until September of 1985 when
she was named acting superintendent.
Three months later she was named superintendent of schools, a
position she held for nearly 14 years.
Mrs. Barzune has been a community volunteer for more than 32
years. She earned her bachelor of science degree from TWU in
Mrs. Barzune is involved in many organizations and events that
support the arts in the Dallas area. She serves as chair of the
city of Dallas' Cultural Affairs Commission, which disburses more
than $12 million each year to the arts community and oversees the
care of the city's art collection. A former chair of the board of
governors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mrs. Barzune
continues to serve on the symphony's executive board and is part
of an advance committee charged with the design of the symphony's
upcoming $100 million endowment campaign.
She serves on the advisory council for the College of Fine
Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, the executive board
for the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist
University and the Dallas Planning Advisory Growth and Excellence
Board of Texas Woman's University Dallas campus.
Mrs. Barzune also served as co-chair for the capital campaign
of the Latino Cultural Center. She is on the Dallas Women's
Museum board and a member of the Crystal Charity Ball.
She was named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 1990.
Ms. Sitton earned a master of arts degree in counseling,
specializing in psychology, from TWU in 1971. She received the
Distinguished Alumna award from TWU in 1997.
Ms. Sitton began her political career in 1994 as a city of
Lubbock council member. In 1997, she became the first woman to
serve as mayor of Lubbock, and she was re-elected for two
additional terms. As mayor, her priorities included improved
public safety, increased economic development and support for
education and the arts.
In 1996, she was selected to participate in the Leadership
Texas Session Foundation for Women's Resources. In 1997, she was
the first inductee into the Leadership Texas Hall of Fame,
receiving the Woman of Distinction award.
She owns and manages Sitton's Selections Co., a firm
specializing in home interior and exterior restoration,
renovation and remodeling. In 2000, she was awarded the Best
Business Leader Award by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.
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