More than 700 scheduled to graduate Saturday

Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School will present degrees to 779 students during two Fall Commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, 2900 Stadium Dr. on the TCU campus. Students will receive their diplomas from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. The Chancellor also will deliver the Commencement address.


Of the total number of degree candidates, 551 are bachelor’s degrees, 135 graduate degrees, 14 Brite Divinity degrees and 79 doctoral degrees.

Thirty-one international students representing 16 countries will graduate, along with 594 students from Texas and 154 graduates from 33 other states.

The morning ceremony will feature 325 students receiving degrees from AddRan College of Liberal Arts, the College of Fine Arts, Neeley School of Business and University Programs.

The afternoon ceremony will highlight 454 candidates receiving degrees from Brite Divinity School, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, College of Education, College of Science & Engineering and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Faculty awards will be presented prior to conferring degrees to graduates. Nominees for this year’s Deans’ Research and Creativity Award are Joddy R. Murray (AddRan College of Liberal Arts-Humanities), David P. Sandell (AddRan College of Liberal Arts-Social Sciences), Daxton Stewart (Bob Schieffer College of Communication), Jo Beth Jimerson (College of Education), Michael Skinner (College of Fine Arts), Zygmunt Gryczynski (College of Science & Engineering), Jo Nell Wells (Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences) and  Richard L. Priem (Neeley School of Business).

Nominees for this year’s Deans’ Teaching Award are Rima Abunasser (AddRan College of Liberal Arts-Humanities), Lisa K. Vanderlinden (AddRan College of Liberal Arts-Social Sciences), Debi Iba (Bob Schieffer College of Communication), Marla McGhee (College of Education), Dusty Crocker (College of Fine Arts), Clark Jones (College of Science & Engineering), Teresa Gonzalez (Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences) and Stacy Landreth Grau (Neeley School of Business).

 Barbara McClure is the recipient of the Louise Clark Brittan Endowed Teaching Award, given by the Brite Divinity School student body to recognize superlative teaching performance. Wil Gafney is the recipient of the Catherine Saylor Hill Endowed Faculty Excellence Award, presented by Brite Divinity School faculty to recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.