TCU Graduation

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The fall class of 2015 will be remembered as the first class to graduate in the new Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.

Here is an in-depth look at the makeup of this semester’s class of graduates who will be walking across the new gym floor on Dec. 19.

Chancellor Victor Boschini is expected to award 782 degrees this fall.

While the fall commencement class is notably smaller than this year’s May commencement class, the statistical makeup of the graduating class is as diverse as any.

The AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences expects to award the highest number of fall graduates with 118 undergraduates and one graduate student set to receive their degrees.

By comparison, the College of Education expects to award five degrees.

The Bob Schieffer College of Communication, which includes the departments of journalism, strategic communication, communication studies and film/television/digital media, plans to confer 88 degrees.

Sara Klepacki, a senior film-television-digital media major, is set to earn her degree in December and has big plans for life after college.

“Over the next couple of months I will be interning in the creative media industry,” said Klepacki. “Then in May, I plan to move to L.A.”

Klepacki is also hopeful she will have the opportunity to travel to Uganda before moving to Los Angeles.

“I am not 100 percent sure if I’ll be able to go depending on job stuff; however, it is a dream of mine to be a digital storyteller that tells authentic stories that matter and move people,” Klepacki said.

When asked how TCU has prepared her for life after college, Klepacki had only positive things to say about her time at TCU.

“I simply cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to all of my professors,” Klepacki said. “Thanks to TCU I have no fear for the future.”

The diversity of this semester’s graduating class is evident in the number of countries represented by the graduating exchange students.

Thirty exchange students from 18 different countries will graduate this semester, highlighting the cultural diversity of this fall’s commencement class.

Undergraduates are not the only students earning degrees in December:

  • 90 students will receive master’s degrees in December
  • 54 of those students will earn MBA’s from the Neeley School of Business
  • 7 students will receive Master’s of Science degrees in Nursing

107 students will graduate with Latin Honors:

  • 56 students will graduate Cum Laude
  • 37 Magna Cum Laude
  • 14 Summa Cum Laude

The high number of students graduating with honors is representative of the continued efforts of the TCU administration to further TCU’s academic reputation.

Fall Commencement will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 19, precluded by a reception from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union.