The University of Texas at Tyler will award more than 1,000 degrees during a series of four graduation ceremonies that began Friday and continue Saturday in the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Fred Smith, founder and president of the Tyler-based international organization The Gathering, delivered the commencement address Friday for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and for the College of Arts and Sciences.

President Rodney Mabry spoke and conferred degrees. Dawn Franks, president of Your Philanthropy, and Carroll Roge, corporate vice president of marketing and planning for East Texas Medical Center Regional Health Care System, were to give alumni presentations.

Shirley J. Richardson, former Texas commissioner of education, will deliver the commencement address for the Colleges of Business and Technology at 10 a.m. Saturday and for the Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering at 1 p.m. Saturday.

She was named commissioner of education in 2004 and served three years.


Texas College also will host commencement on Saturday. 

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Caldwell Auditorium, 300 S. College Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

The speaker is Keith Clinkscales, CEO of Revolt Media and TV. 

A reception is planned following the ceremone at 12:30 p.m. in McKinney Hall COnnector on the Texas College campus. 




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