Texas Tech honors the last class to graduate in its first century

More than 4,700 Texas Tech undergraduate and graduate students from every college at the university walked on stage in front of family and friends during the opening ceremony Friday and Saturday at the United Supermarket Arena.

After years of studying, students have earned their diplomas and heard messages congratulating them for their hard work and encouraging them for life in the future.

This semester’s graduates have the distinction of being the last graduating class of the first century in Texas Tech’s history — with the university celebrating its centenary next year — as well as a class resilient during the pandemic, said chief technology officer, Lawrence Shovanek.

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“You have shown an exceptional level of perseverance and perseverance,” Schovanek said. “You have learned to be more resourceful and adaptable. These are traits that will serve you well for the rest of your life. I am sure that you are ready and willing to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges that life will inevitably face.”

Texas Tech President Lawrence Shovanek addresses alumni during their graduation ceremony Friday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

He also conveyed his gratitude to the class of alumni for choosing Texas Tech and leaving their mark on the university.

Mark Griffin, Vice Chairman of the Texas Tech System Board of Directors, reminded the alumni that this was not only a time to celebrate alumni’s academic achievements, but also a moment to celebrate everyone who helped them along the way to a college education.

He said that being a Texas Tech University graduate meant they were part of a family and part of a proud legacy for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech students participated in the College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremonies Friday afternoon at United Arena Supermarkets.

“You will become part of a special tradition … you will become leaders in your families and communities,” Griffin said.

This year, the speakers at the graduation ceremony were students from each graduation ceremony, reflecting their times on technology and the lessons they learned along the way.

After the dean awarded degrees to the students, the students sang Matador for the first time as Texas Tech University alumni. In total, nearly 5,000 students graduated from Texas Tech University, Texas Tech Law School and other university entities this semester.

Newly graduated Texas Tech awards Guns Up during the opening gala Friday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

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Outstanding students, selected based on their overall achievement, will hold banners representing their colleges. The flag bearers are:

Davis College: Isabella A. Schönhere, Department of Natural Resources

School of Architecture: Jacqueline Reyes, Architecture

College of Arts and Sciences: Dyllin Jett Gallegos, Cell and Molecular Biology

College of Education: Melanie Nicole Scott, Education

Faculty of Humanities: Julia Brown, Department of Counseling and Addiction Recovery

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