Hardin-Simmons University students walk
the Behrens Auditorium stage Saturday, May 10, 2014, during two graduation ceremonies
at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Of the candidates for graduation, 217
students are earning bachelor’s degrees, 48 students are earning master’s
degrees, and four students are earning doctorates.
Distinguished by gold honor cords, 85
students will be graduating cum laude,
magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. Twelve students will be recognized for
earning a perfect grade-point average and 20 spring graduates have been named
to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. Six students are veterans who
were eligible to receive Veterans Administration benefits, and four students
are dependents of veterans.
In a much anticipated part of
commencement, the recipients of four honors will be revealed. The awards are
the Minnie L. Anderson Medal, presented
to a senior female with three or more years in residence at Hardin-Simmons
University who has excelled in character, personal development, and service to
Skiles Anderson Medal is presented to a senior male with three or more years
in residence at Hardin-Simmons who has excelled in character, personal
development, and service to the university.
Olsen Medal is awarded to the student with the highest grade average who has
exemplified the highest scholarly achievement and completed at least 90
semester hours of residence credit at HSU.
Graduate Honor Award recognizes a graduate student who has excelled in
academic studies, possesses character and behavior consistent with the
university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to
his or her chosen field.
of the recipients are withheld prior to the announcement.
10 a.m. Convocation
During the 10 a.m. ceremony, degrees will
be conferred to students graduating from the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal
Arts, the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, the Patty Hanks Shelton School
of Nursing, and the Logsdon School of Theology.
Giving the charge to the graduates will
beJohn Neese, athletic director at Hardin-Simmons. He is responsible
for overseeing the 18 men’s and women’s teams comprised of more than 400 student-athletes.
In his 17th
year, Neese is the longest-serving athletic director in HSU history and has
held the post longer than any other AD in the American Southwest Conference. Since
his arrival in 1997, Hardin-Simmons has won 68 team ASC championships, more
than any other conference school.
has been a priority for Neese as student-athletes have achieved a combined GPA
of a 3.0 or higher for 19 of the last 20 semesters. His administration also saw
the 2010 women’s soccer team become the first HSU team to win a Division III national
service, program enhancements have included the Lou Morton Ellis Softball Field
and John Crowe Fieldhouse, a new soccer field, a soccer practice field, and a soccer
/track field house.
upgrades include the renovation of Hunter Field, an upgrade to Sandefer Field
House, renovations of the Mabee Complex, and a new track. Turf is currently
being added to Shelton Stadium and construction of new tennis courts is expected
to begin before the end of the year.
2 p.m. Convocation
During the 2 p.m. commencement,
degrees will be conferred to students in the Kelley College of Business, the
Irvin School of Education, and the College of Fine Arts.
Giving the charge to the graduates will
be Mrs. Leta Tillman, professor and interlibrary loan librarian,
who will be retiring after 13 years at HSU.
Tillman has reviewed close to 700 children’s
books as she has overseen the HSU Richardson Library collection available to
students in teacher preparation programs. Her published works are part of the
Heart of Texas Literary Center journal Lorgnette.
In addition to her service at HSU,
Tillman worked as an elementary school teacher in the Ft. Worth, Grand Prairie,
and McAllen, Texas, school districts and served as a middle school librarian in
Ft. Worth ISD.
Tillman earned a Master of Library
Science at the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1994 and earned a Bachelor
of Science in elementary education from Howard Payne College in 1971.
She has taught freshmen in the Student
Success Seminar classes at HSU for a number of years and has conducted library
instruction sessions for students in the Irvin School of Education.
The theme of her
charge to the graduates is Today is the End of Life as You Know It. Tillman
said she will address the five most important things a graduate must know how
Reception at Alumni
Immediately following both commencement
ceremonies, the HSU Alumni Association will host an informal reception for
graduates, friends, and faculty/staff at the Alumni Wall in Centennial Plaza,
located just west of Behrens Auditorium. Graduates will find a replica of the
plaque that will bear their name as new alums of HSU.