TSU Graduates Largest Class To Date
Texas Southern University awarded degrees to 1,017 students May 16, during its 2015 Spring Commencement exercises. This was the largest graduating class to date. The 2015 graduating class included 198 students graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude with grade points from 3.25 to 4.0. Nearly 40 percent of the new graduates were the first in their families to earn a college degree. The valedictorian, graduating with a 3.97 in mathematics was Ms. Marquesha B. Foreman. Mr. Christian Rodriguez was the salutatorian, graduating with a 3.94 in accounting. Thirty-four student athletes received their degrees.
Veteran politician and former United States Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk served as the keynote speaker, offering words of wisdom from his own unique journey from Dallas’ first black mayor to a President Obama Cabinet member. His speech encouraged the graduating class to accept challenges and take risks to confront those things they don’t like and work to make them better. He informed them that they are now receiving the second of two tools that they would need to achieve their dreams – their diploma. The first tool was their voter registration card. He outlined that education, faith, civic involvement, and voting is how they will ‘get over’. He encouraged them to have a plan, not be afraid to fail, obtain a passport, learn a second language, read and continue learning, write a letter, and don’t hit send – referring to the dangers of improper use of various social media platforms.
"You could not be entering into a more interesting time in history," Kirk said. "You must ask yourself are we making progress or moving backwards? The answer to that question lies in your acceptance of the challenge to be a risk taker."
Other highlights included: TSU Alumnus and Chairman of Board of CenterPoint Energy Milton Carroll receiving an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters; and Regent Curtistene McCowan and Student Regent Marshaun Williams completing their final acts of service as Board members as their terms expire.
To the graduating class, Regent Chairman Glenn O. Lewis quipped "You are the best we have to offer. You are the validation of our efforts and we await your contributions."