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A graduate takes a selfie with Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. at a previous commencement ceremony. (Photo by Glen E. Ellman)

TCU graduated 738 at fall commencement Dec. 21

December 21, 2019

Ceremonies featured the presentation of two honorary degrees and 17-year-old Carson Huey-You receiving his master’s degree
 
Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School today bestowed degrees on 738 students from 38 states, including Texas, and from 14 foreign countries in two formal ceremonies held in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on the TCU campus. August and December degree candidates participated in the ceremonies. Students received their diplomas from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., who also delivered the commencement address.
 
Of the total number of degree candidates, 542 earned bachelor’s degrees, 109 were master’s degree candidates, 72 were doctoral candidates and 15 were Brite Divinity School graduate candidates. One hundred twenty-four graduated with Latin Honors: 69 cum laude, 41 magna cum laude and 14 summa cum laude. Three students earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
 
Of special note in the morning ceremony, Linda and Mark Wassenich were presented with the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, for their lives of service to others and loyal support to the university. These degrees will bring the number of honorary degrees that TCU has awarded since its inception to 324.
 
Linda Wassenich graduated magna cum laude with the inaugural class of the 1965 Honors Program and went on to earn a Master of Social Work. She worked for the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas in various capacities, notably directing its first hospice program. She serves as a trustee of Brite Divinity School and is a member of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences Board of Visitors. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters and has served with many organizations in health care policy, juvenile welfare and aging issues.
 
Mark Wassenich earned a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1964, and served as student body president his senior year. He served in Germany as an Air Force Intelligence Officer before earning a Master of Regional Planning degree. He worked for the city of Dallas in community development, housing and budget management, and later worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He served as president of the Addison and Randolph Clark Society and is the founding chairperson of the John V. Roach Honors College Board of Visitors, where he continues to serve as a member.
 
Carson Huey-You, 17, again made TCU history in the afternoon ceremony when he graduated with a Master of Science degree in physics. He will continue at TCU to work on his doctorate in physics. Huey-You earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017, and is the youngest person to graduate from TCU.
 
The morning ceremony featured 314 students receiving degrees from AddRan College of Liberal Arts the College Fine Arts, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Neeley School of Business. The afternoon ceremony highlighted 424 candidates receiving degrees from Brite Divinity School, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Science & Engineering and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.