Today, West Texas A&M University hosted commencement ceremonies to honor graduates of the Class of 2018.
It was a day of celebration for hundreds of Buffs at the First United Bank Center as they walked the stage.
“I just can’t believe four years have gone by so fast,” said WT graduate Emily Hurst, “and I’m really thankful for all the people who’ve invested in me and poured into me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than getting an education here at WT.”
Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Dr. Jessica Mallard, said there are about 1,300 new graduates and many of them are the first in their families to graduate from college.
“The effort they have put into it and being able to partner with them in that process of becoming a college graduate, just it’s a great opportunity and a great privilege to be able to work with students and see them through that process,” Dr. Mallard said.
For one WT graduate, being able to share his accomplishment with his family meant everything.
“I know what education means to us,” WT graduate Ryan Francis said. “Both of my parents were first-generation college students. They were both first in their immediate families to get their master degrees, and so they really instilled in me the importance of education. So that’s why it means a lot to me and it means a lot to all of us.”
In standard fashion, tassels were moved from right to left and a new class of Buffs was ushered out into the world.
Now, all that’s left to do is wait for the diploma to come in the mail.
President of WTAMU, Dr. Walter Wendler, said any of today’s graduates who apply to a graduate study program on campus or online before May 25 at midnight and are admitted for summer or fall classes will receive a one-time, $1,000 tuition scholarship.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for your hard work and dedication, including KAMR Local 4’s Judd Baker and Bailey Stickle.