Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School today bestowed degrees on 2,164 students from 44 states, including Texas, and from 34 foreign countries in three formal ceremonies held in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on the TCU campus. Students received their diplomas from Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., who also delivered the commencement address. These diplomas were the last ones conferred by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nowell Donovan, who is stepping down May 31. Including today’s ceremony, Donovan has conferred 38,800 degrees in his 15 years as provost.
Of the total number of degree candidates, 1,728 earned bachelor’s degrees, 381 were master’s degree candidates, 54 doctoral candidates and 29 Brite Divinity School graduate candidates. Forty-three candidates earned double degrees. Seven hundred forty-seven graduated with Latin Honors: 331 cum laude, 279 magna cum laude and 137 summa cum laude. Sixteen students earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
The morning ceremony featured 646 candidates receiving degrees from the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, the College of Science & Engineering and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The afternoon ceremony highlighted 760 candidates receiving degrees from the Neeley School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. The evening ceremony included 758 candidates from AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Brite Divinity School, College of Education and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.