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December 22, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

684 Candidates Recognized at UT Tyler Fall 2008 Commencement

The University of Texas at Tyler held fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 19 and 20, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Six hundred eighty-four degree candidates were recognized in the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Commencement speakers and the ceremonies during which they spoke were:

  • Dr. David L. Lakey, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner – College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Tom Harken, 1992 Horatio Alger Award of Distinguished Americans recipient – College of Business and Technology.
  • Dr. J.P. Mohsen, president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education – Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Barbara Bass, City of Tyler mayor – College of Arts and Sciences. 

Presentation of degree candidates were by the deans of each of the university’s colleges: Dr. Alisa White, Arts and Sciences; Dr. Jim Tarter, Business and Technology; Dr. William Geiger, Education and Psychology; Dr. James Nelson, Engineering and Computer Science; and Dr. Linda Klotz, Nursing and Health Sciences.

President Mabry gave remarks and certified the degree candidates at each ceremony.

Alumni representative Jeff Baker gave alumni association presentations.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.                     

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