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Grand Sendoff Planned for Winter Grads

Published: December 02, 2003
An accomplished musician, a former ambassador and a judge will help President Ron Vaughn send nearly 300 fresh UT grads into the world from the East Veranda on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the University’s 94th Commencement.

The affair will help to commemorate UT’s largest December graduation, for which 295 have applied to receive their degrees, according to the Registrar’s Office. Of those, 227 have applied for bachelor’s degrees, 67 for master’s degrees, and one for an associate’s degree.


After none in the 2002 winter Commencement, two Summa Cum Laude (perfect 4.0 GPA) graduates will be recognized in 2003. Magna cum laude graduates (GPA at least 3.75, but less than 4.0) will total 18 (compared with 13 last year), and cum laude (GPA at least 3.5, but less than 3.75) will number 26, a sharp increase over last year’s 14.  


Last year, 266 students applied for degrees at winter Commencement. The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Terry Mohn, winner of the 2003 Louise Loy Hunter Award for Teaching Excellence. Bismarck Myrick ’72, former U.S. ambassador to Liberia and Lesotho, and Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington ’76, ’77, of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, will receive UT National Alumni Association achievement awards.


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