A Special Message from President John M. Rudley

TSU Graduates

To the 2012 Graduating Class and to Future Graduates of Texas Southern University

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of Texas Southern University, I want to congratulate each of you for your achievement in completing your degree and graduating on December 15. This is an accomplishment that can change your life and impact you and your family for years to come.

I hope that you plan to join your fellow graduates and attend the December 15th Commencement Ceremony and receive the recognition that you richly deserve.

Commencement is such a solemn and special occasion, we ask that you show your Tiger Pride and remain in your seats until the ceremony is complete, the alma mater is sung, and the platform party leaves the arena.

It is not only common courtesy, it is what is expected of a graduate of this university. Commencement should be respected in this special way.

Many of you are the first in your family to complete a university education. You can see the importance of this ceremony in the faces of the families and friends in the audience who come to celebrate this exciting day with you.

You are part of the Class of 2012, and you should honor your classmates by sharing in their moment, even if you are the first to walk across the stage. Please remain for the entire program.

Again, we congratulate you on this special occasion and wish you the best in the future.


John M. Rudley