TCU graduated 779 Saturday at Fall Commencement

August and December degree candidates participate in ceremony

TCU today bestowed degrees on 779 students at its Fall Commencement, graduating students from 34 states, including Texas, and 16 foreign countries in a formal ceremony 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.

Besides those receiving bachelor’s degrees, there were 135 master’s degree candidates, 79 doctoral candidates and 14 Brite Divinity School graduate candidates. One hundred twenty-five graduated with Latin Honors: 69 cum laude, 39 magna cum laude and 16 summa cum laude. One student earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Paul E. Andrews received an Honorary Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

The University also recognized professors for their outstanding teaching and quality research or creativity. Nominees for this year’s Deans’ Research and Creativity Award were 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). Gryczynski, Wells and Priem won the $2,500 award for producing the highest quality research and creative activity over the last several years.

Nominees for this year’s Deans’ Teaching Award were 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). Crocker, Jones and Gonzalez won the $2,500 award, which is voted on by their peers, for dedicated teaching.

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.

For more information on TCU’s commencement ceremony, visit Commencement.