Texas Tech honors last graduating class from its first century

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

After years of study, students were awarded their diplomas and heard messages congratulating them for their hard work and encouraging them for a life ahead.

Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said this semester’s graduates carry the distinction of being the last graduating class from the first century of Texas Tech’s history – with the university celebrating its centennial in the coming year – as well as being a class that persevered through a pandemic.

Texas Tech commencement continues Saturday

“You displayed an exceptional level of perseverance and grit,” Schovanec said. “You learned to be more resourceful and adaptable. These are traits that will serve you well for the rest of your life. I am assured that you are prepared and ready to embrace the opportunities and to overcome the challenges that life will inevitably present.”

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec addressed graduates during the Friday afternoon commencement ceremony at the United Supermarkets Arena.

He also passed along his gratitude to the graduating class for choosing Texas Tech and for their mark on the university leaving.

Texas Tech System Board of Regents Vice Chairman Mark Griffin reminded the graduates that this moment was not just a time to celebrate the graduates’ academic accomplishments, but also a moment to everyone who helped them along the way to earning a college education.

He said being a Texas Tech graduate means they are a part of a family, and part of a proud legacy of Red Raiders.

Texas Tech students participated in commencement ceremonies for the College of Arts & Sciences Friday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

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

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

After the provost conferred the degrees to the students, the students sang the Matador Song for the first time as graduates of Texas Tech University. In total, nearly 5,000 students graduated from Texas Tech, the Texas Tech School of Law and the university’s other entities this semester.

A newly minted Texas Tech graduated gives the Guns Up during the Friday afternoon commencement ceremony at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Banner Bearers

Outstanding students, chosen based on their all-around achievement, will carry banners representing their colleges. The banner bearers are:

Davis College: Isabella A. Schoenherr, natural resources management

College of Architecture: Jacqueline Reyes, architecture

College of Arts & Sciences: Dyllin Jett Gallegos, cell and molecular biology

College of Education: Melanie Nicole Scott, education

College of Human Sciences: Julia Brown, counseling and addiction recovery sciences

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