Community colleges and universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have planned guest speakers for their spring commencement exercises. Here is a list:
Richland College, Dallas
Keynote speaker: Dr. Sam Tinsley, professor of developmental mathematics, who is the college’s 2013 Fulltime
Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. The ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland.
May 10 and May 11
University of North Texas, Denton
The ceremony for doctoral and master’s degree candidates will be held at 3 p.m. May 10, and undergraduate commencement ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. May 10 and 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 11. Commencement will be held at UNT Coliseum, located on the southeast corner of Highland Street and North Texas Boulevard at 600 Ave. D.
Texas Woman’s University, Denton
May 10 – Ceremony 1 at 9 a.m. College of Health Sciences (excluding Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Department of Psychology and Philosophy; Speaker: Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation
Ceremony 2 at 1 p.m. College of Arts & Sciences (excluding School of Management, Program in General Studies, and
Department of Psychology and Philosophy); Speaker: Dr. Dixil Rodriguez, Visiting Communications Professor, International Development Program; TWU adjunct professor; and TWU Rhetoric alumna
Ceremony 3 at 4 p.m. School of Management and Program in General Studies; Speaker: Major Gen. Mary Saunders (Ret., United States Air Force), Executive Director, TWU Leadership Institute; 2012 Inductee, Texas Women’s Hall of Fame; and TWU Distinguished Alumna (Social Work)
May 11 – Ceremony 4 at 9 a.m. College of Professional Education; Speaker: Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, Member, State Board of Education, District 12; and Chairman and CEO, Henry S. Miller Companies
Ceremony 5 at 1 p.m. College of Nursing and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Speaker: Mrs. Lola Chriss, Worldwide Manager, Texas Instruments Occupational Health Organization; Member, TWU Board of Regents; and TWU Distinguished Alumna (Nursing)
Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr.
North Lake College, Irving
Keynote speaker: Dr. Darryl E. Howard, visiting scholar in religion, department of liberal arts. Student speaker: Diana Noka. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving.
Eastfield College, Mesquite
Keynote speaker: Dr. Gerald Hudson, Lakeview Centennial High School principal, Garland Independent School District, and former Eastfield College student. The ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland.
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
TCU will bestow degrees on 1,603 students at its spring commencement, graduating students from 40 states, including Texas, and 34 countries in a formal ceremony held in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Students will receive their diplomas from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas
Commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse at the Jesse Owens Complex, 9191 South Polk St.
Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch
Commencement speaker: Dr. Claire Bambrough, chemistry professor and DCCCD Citi STEM Faculty Fellow. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road in Addison.
Cedar Valley College, Lancaster
Commencement speaker: Roland S. Martin, journalist, syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, commentator for TV One and host of “Washington Week with Roland Martin.” The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas.
Mountain View College, Dallas
Commencement speaker: Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., chancellor, Dallas County Community College District. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will speak at SMU’s all-university commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on the main campus quadrangle. Hutchison is the first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate, serving from 1993 to 2012. During her years in the Senate, she expanded higher education opportunities for thousands of Texans and
Kay Bailey Hutchison
championed advancements in science, technology, engineering and math education.
El Centro College, Dallas
Commencement speaker: Joan Becker, El Centro College dean of nursing. Student speaker: Rhyzl Guimbatan, 2013 graduate and president of the ECC Sigma Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa academic honorary for two-year colleges. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas.