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.”
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.
“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.
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
College of Media and Communication: Isaac Ryan Ortega, Public Relations and Strategic Communications Management and Communication Studies
Faculty of Engineering: Emma Grace Michler, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate School: Tamara Knight, Educational Leadership
Honors College: John Bucks, Microbiology; Celine Cuellar, Environmental Engineering; Grace White, AD; Madison Lafont, Education; McKellen Haynes, Honors for Science and Humanities
Rawls School of Business: Claire Nicole Bengamon, Management
TCVPA: Gabriela Guadalupe Garcia, Dance
University Programs: Samantha Belch, Undergraduate Studies
Honoring the students
The top-ranked spring alumni for each college/program are:
Davis College: David W. Hemphill, Agricultural and Applied Economics; Caleb L. Conde, Zoology; Ashley E. Peterson, zoology; Isabella Schoenhair, Department of Natural Resources; Shay Lin Satellite, Zoology
School of Architecture: Jacqueline Reyes, Architecture; Timothy Dakota Tibarach, architecture; Colin Wesley Whitner, Architecture
College of Arts and Sciences: Ali Aftabi, Biology; Catherine Darlene Agarwal, chemist; Mohamed Al-Tabbaa, Microbiologist; Matthew Robin Amonrod, History; Ashley Elizabeth Boyce, Psychologist; Valerie Ann Carpenter, Spanish and Personal Financial Planning (CHS); Joshua Avery Cauto, political scientist; Payton Elizabeth Conlin, English; Kelsey Hunter Cornish, Psychologist; Michaela Nicole Dom, Microbiologist; Jordan Christopher Despain, economist; Garen Joshua Ferreira, Microbiologist; Megan Ruth Flenor, English; Samuel Leonard Fleisner, biologist; Megan Lee Fortner, Psychologist; Dillin Gate Gallegos, Cell and Molecular Biology; Grace Catherine Gandhi, English; Jocelyn Garcia, Psychologist; Mia Joyce Garcia, Psychologist; Evelina Mirasol Garza, General Studies; Juan Estefan Gonzalez, social work; Elizabeth Mallory Gunder, Psychologist; Savero Astrid Guzman, Political Science; Lauren Cole Hamitch, History and Political Science; Morgan Elizabeth Hannon, Psychologist; Grace Ann Harrison, geography; Robin Hines, Psychologist; Tristan Terence Hering, Psychologist; Quynh Nhu Ho, Microbiology; Catherine Mercedes Jost, Psychologist; Nathaniel Kimball, Microbiology; Robert Madden Jr., Microbiologist; Jordan Allen Marcum, History and Political Science; Joshua Frank Martinez, Political Scientist; Conner Smith-Massenburg, biochemist; Britney Daniel McEwan, biologist; Ben John Viola Mitchell, Political Science and General Studies; Nimrata Mohan Psychology and General Studies. Briley; Nicole Montes, Kinesiology; Jetonne Elva Mumma, Psychologist; Aria Alexander Nikofi, Microbiologist; Linh Do-Thuy Nguyen, economics; Thomas Ryan Nolan, Microbiologist; Clayton Carter Paget, mathematician; Vong Audrey Diem Pham, biochemist; Zachary David Reaper, biologist; Brandon Connor Richardson, biochemist; William N. Riley, Kinesiology; Marley Elizabeth Roser, History; Theodore Singh Sandhu, Microbiologist; Jesus Silva Mendes, Cell and Molecular Biology; Emily Barbara Sklarenko, Wind Energy; Lauren Marie SoRelle, Philosophy, Honors, Sciences and Humanities (Hons); Hailey R. Stacey, Kinesiology; Ann Marley Street, Psychology, Human Development and Family Sciences (College of Humanities); Niti Swami, Biochemist; Aaron Christopher Schechesney, Economist; Caitlin Lauren Tayag, Cell and Molecular Biology; Alessandra Velasquez, Psychology and Kinesiology; Sabrina Renee Wilson, Microbiologist; Daniel Haworth Xue, General Studies; Brittney Nchungwa Yakum, Biochemist
College of Education: Brooke Madison Bussey, Education; Kelly Marie Holland, Education; Madison Alan Humphrey, Education; Sarah Elizabeth Lampkin, Education; Melanie Nicole Scott, Education; Condi McKenna Smith, Teach; Victoria Catherine Thackeray, Education
Faculty of Humanities: Erin Marie Wilson, Human sciences; Zoe James Ellis Finley, Humanities; Rebecca Ashley Steinman, Humanities; Emily Joyce; Marr; Humanities; Valerie Ann Carpenter, Spanish (College of Arts and Sciences) and Personal Financial Planning; Lindsey Jane Duesterhaus Ortega, Nutrition and Dietetics; Xinshi Luo, Human Development and Family Science; Joey Kristen Driver, Nutrition Science and Dietetics; Andrew Graeme Lamis, Personal Financial Planning; Gabriel Alyssa Tucci, Human Development and Family Sciences; Mary Rudy’s Journey, Human Development and Family Science; Mikalyn Rochelle Greenzweig, Humanities; Campbell Elizabeth Beard, Early Childhood Education; William Jerome Stone, Human Development and Family Science; Liana Desi, Humanities; Araceli Avila Arteaga, Human Development and Family Sciences; Kelly Marie Ruth Comley, Nutrition Science and Dietetics; Anaclair Henderson, Nutritionist; Gina Marie Avalos, Humanities; Ann Marley Street, Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences), Human Development and Family Sciences; Alexa Peters, Restaurant, Hotel, Enterprise Management; Natalie Kay Conlin, Humanities; Cassandra Rose Kolbjornsen, human sciences; Tatum Elizabeth Granato, Humanities
School of Media and Communication: Faith Ann Reeves, Creative Media Industries; Gloria Virginia Rina Flores, Digital Media and Professional Communication; Garland Frank Spivey II, Digital Media and Professional Communications; Heather Ann Jones, Communication Studies; Abigail Ann Lee, Communication Studies; Briona Elizabeth Sellers, Press; Jayden Elizabeth Gill, Public Relations and Strategic Communications Management; Isaac Ryan Ortega, Public Relations and Strategic Communications Management and Communication Studies
College of Engineering: Andrew Stewart Gearin, Chemical Engineering; Carly Ann Stroud, chemical engineering; Colin James Longley, Civil Engineering; John Vernon Lim Manakop, computer science; Thanh Hoi Ngo, computer science; Mohamed Saqib Computer Science. Christopher James Cadman, Environmental Engineering; Thomas Kevin Chin, Industrial Engineering; Knox; Wellborn Cash, Mechanical Engineering; Ricardo Antonio Hernandez, mechanical engineering; Graham Thomas Kelso, mechanical engineering; Cody Elizabeth Kirtland, mechanical engineering; Claire Elizabeth Marnell, mechanical engineering; Emma Grace Michler, mechanical engineering; Cole Alan Whatley, Mechanical Engineering
College Honors: Lauren Marie SoRelle, Philosophy (College of Arts and Sciences), Sciences and Humanities Honors
Rawls School of Business: Annika K. Aasbo, Management; Emily J. Ayyubid, financial; Millenia Lynn Bailey, Management; Joseph Timothy Barrowman, Supply Chain Management; Claire Nicole Bengamon, Management; Khalil Abraham Borowsky, MSA Accounting; Garrett Austin Douglas, Supply Chain Management; Kirsten Elise Evans, Finance and Management; Haley Sarah Falick, Information Technology; Genesis Natalie Flores, MSA Accountant; Christian Javier Hernandez, Management; Naomi Isosa Isidunmoen, Information Technology and Marketing; Brandon Thomas Casper, Accountant; Brendon Patrick King, MSA Accounting; Ethan Paul Keeper, Supply Chain Management; Maximo Martinez, Accounting; Riley Marie Moore, Marketing; Carter Press Mulkey, Information Technology; Lanie Ngo, MSA Accounting; Colin Zinn Redwin, accountant; Madison Jane Richards, accountant; Lauren Margaret Somerlot, Management; Kelsey Brian Thomas, Marketing; Keegan Price-Trailer, Information Technology; Audrey Jean Tuttle, Marketing; Gabriel Jesus Vargas, Supply Chain Management
TCVPA: Jennifer Nicole Poehler, art; Gabriela Guadalupe Garcia, dancer; Alyssa Lynn Gregory, music; Hannah Charlotte Martin, music; Emily Maria Martinez, art; Emma Grace Vieira, music; Chloe Elizabeth Walser, Art; Madden Allen Wilson, art
University Programs: Nicholas Stewart, Undergraduate Studies; Samantha Belch is a college student