TTU recognizes its 25 area graduates


Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis with education graduation Diana Marichalar. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Twenty-five bachelor’s degree recipients of Texas Tech University’s Fredericksburg and Marble Falls campuses were recognized on Saturday at a reception at Hill Country University Center.

The reception brought four of TTU’s top officials to town: President Duane Nellis, Provost Lawrence Schovanec, Vice Provost Melanie Hart and College of Education Dean Scott Ridley.

“My first stop after starting at Texas Tech was here in Fredericksburg,” Nellis told a crowd of graduates’ family and friends. “We are very proud to have our Texas Tech campus here.”

Nellis praised the graduates for the additional work needed to complete their degrees, especially considering family and work commitments by the “non-traditional students.”

“This moment represents thousands of hours of work — all the studying and preparing for class and going to class,” he said. “Today is the day you’ve longed for and worked for. Many of you are nontraditional students in that you have full-time jobs and work toward your degree in the evenings. We appreciate your commitment.”

Nellis talked about changes in technology and its advancements and its implications. “It’s an exciting age we live in,” he said. TTU-Fredericksburg is outfitted to teach online courses which can be “attended” online by students anywhere. Current students reside in several states and take courses from faculty in Fredericksburg.

Nellis also cited record enrollment and growing research as TTU works toward its goal of being a Tier 1 institution, noted for research.

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