August and December degree candidates participated in ceremony
Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School today bestowed degrees on 722 students from 38 states, including Texas, and from 20 foreign countries in two formal ceremonies held in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on the TCU campus. Students received their diplomas from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., who also delivered the commencement address.
Of the total number of degree candidates, 529 earned bachelor’s degrees, 117 were master’s degree candidates, 67 doctoral candidates and nine Brite Divinity School graduate candidates. One hundred eight graduated with Latin Honors: 56 cum laude, 34 magna cum laude and 18 summa cum laude. One student earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Of special note during the morning ceremony, Gérald Oriol, Jr., Haiti’s twice-appointed Secretary of State for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, was presented with the degree of Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa. Oriol has distinguished himself with vital work in the field of disability rights, both internationally and in his home country of Haiti. He received the 2013 Texas Christian University Global Innovator Award.
The morning ceremony featured 300 students receiving degrees from AddRan College of Liberal Arts, the College of Fine Arts, Neeley School of Business and University Programs. The afternoon ceremony highlighted 422 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.