TTU visits a sign of commitment to area

President provosts, dean show up for local graduation reception

By Ken Esten Cooke— Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis made his second trip to Fredericksburg in his short tenure. The president was accompanied by the school’s provost, Lawrence Schovanec, its vice provost, Melanie Hart and the dean of the TTU School of Education Scott Ridley.

Bringing that much academic official firepower to a Saturday reception featuring 25 area graduates shows that TTU is committed to its regional campuses. It’s reassuring, and we hope for continued commitment and investment from this first-class university.

All of the graduates will receive bachelor’s degrees in official graduation ceremonies later this year. And all are what are now termed “non-traditional” college students.

Most of Saturday’s honorees had children and families, and had put in the study time after their parental duties were done for the day. As Provost Schovanec remarked, “You have taken the risks, you have overcome adversity, and you have displayed courage — much more than most students.”

The very personal and emotional stories from the graduates on Saturday reinforced to TTU officials that their mission of expanding higher education opportunities in the Hill Country is worthwhile and praiseworthy. As a community, we should welcome Tech’s presence and help them grow in any way possible.

Though housed in a beautiful building on the edge of our town, TTU and Austin Community College still operate largely out of the spotlight. Limited regional campus budgets mean they lack the funds for the professional public relations efforts at the main campuses. Still, we are glad to see small, yet consistent, enrollment increases and a growing slate of programs offered locally.

We applaud the graduates and our local faculty and staff for helping guide these students toward their educational goals. We also commend Texas Tech officials for showing their commitment to our regional education program in person.

We hope that Texas Tech will continue to anchor itself as the university in town and we hope that community college partners will realize the value of having a top tier university as an academic partner.

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