Spring commencement to include two ceremonies

Tarleton Commencement

Tarleton State University

Monday, April 29, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University anticipates awarding 1,221 diplomas during spring commencement exercises at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 11.

Two ceremonies are scheduled this spring to accommodate the growing number of graduates, with the first set to begin at 10:30 a.m. for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology, and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. A second ceremony at 7:30 p.m. will include candidates for graduation from the College of Business Administration and the College of Education.

Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio will preside as 10 associate, 1,009 bachelor’s, 188 master’s and 14 doctoral degrees will be awarded to the university’s newest graduates.

Ray Bonilla, general counsel for The Texas A&M University, will be in attendance to provide remarks and greetings from the A&M System. A 1981 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Bonilla received his juris doctorate from the UT School of Law in 1984. He leads the Office of General Counsel for the A&M System and serves as its chief legal officer. Previously, Bonilla served on the Washington staff of former U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

During the morning commencement ceremony Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be awarded to Michael J. Moncrief and his wife Rosie Moncrief.

Mr. Moncrief, a 1968 Tarleton alumnus, has made his mark in Texas as an oilman, philanthropist and public servant. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree at Tarleton, he embarked on a career of service and spent more than 30 years in elected office, serving one term in the Texas House of Representatives, 12 years as Tarrant County judge, 12 years in the Texas Senate and eight years as mayor of the city of Fort Worth. Health and human services issues have been the hallmark of his career.

Mrs. Moncrief also shares her husband’s passion for their community. Mrs. Moncrief devotes her time to the Fort Worth community where she volunteers to address issues involving children, senior citizens and health care. She is dedicated in serving on a variety of boards, committees and fundraisers to help make a difference for current and future generations across North Texas.

The presentation of Departmental Outstanding Graduates will precede each college’s processional. The graduates, selected by the administration and faculty in the student’s major department, are chosen for excelling in leadership as well as academics.

This spring’s honorees include: Laura Proctor of Lingleville, Agricultural and Consumer Sciences; Brooke Randall of Boerne, Animal Science and Wildlife Management; Cheryl Hovey of Boerne, Envrionmental and Agricultural Management; Heather Walker of Robinson, Accounting, Finance and Economics; Hayden Riedell of Hewitt, Computer Information Systems; Andy Vazquez of Pflugerville, Management, Marketing and Administrative Systems; Kelli Godi of Aledo, Curriculum and Instruction; Olivia Leamons of Hico, Kinesiology; Amanda Hernandez of Coleman, Psychology and Counseling; Kandace Wilett of Groesbeck, Communication Studies; Mark Wilson of Mesquite, Criminal Justice; Megan Ross of Duncanville, English and Languages; John Kassen of Midlothian, Fine Arts; Chelsea Gray of Kaufman, Social Sciences; Jose Vallejo of Lorena, Social Work; Cody Clary of Evant, Biological Sciences; Katie Loving of Dallas, Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Science; Josh Draeger of De Leon, Engineering and Computer Science; Brandon Noble of Mesquite, Engineering Technology; Rebecca Ator of Lipan, Mathematics; Karleigh Vaughn of Lampasas, Medical Lab Sciences; and Kelsey Adams of Granbury, Nursing.

Master’s Hooding ceremonies for all graduate degree candidates have also been scheduled. A 9 a.m. ceremony will be held for students participating in the 10:30 a.m. commencement exercises, while those participating in the 7:30 p.m. graduation ceremony will be hooded at a 5:30 event.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology and College of Liberal and Fine Arts will hold a joint hooding ceremony in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theatre. The College of Business Administration will host its hooding ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theatre at 5:30 p.m., while the College of Education’s ceremony will take place in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center ballrooms.

For directions to Wisdom Gymnasium and maps of the Stephenville campus, visit www.tarleton.edu/campus. More information about Tarleton’s upcoming commencement ceremonies can be found online at www.tarleton.edu/graduation.

Both graduation proceedings will be video-streamed live online on the Tarleton website, www.tarleton.edu. Specific link information will be posted prior to the event.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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