On this Memorial Day, it is a time for us to reflect on all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy each day in freedom. Let us never forget them.
It is also a time to reflect on the past year as this academic year winds to a close. We saw the largest enrollments in Tech’s history and the quality of our student body is truly exceptional. Our faculty and staff provided many unparalleled educational experiences for our students both inside and outside the classroom. It was another successful year for Tech athletics across all of our sports. And we made considerable progress in construction of new academic, residential and athletics facilities while also enhancing parking, treescapes, sidewalks and more. Our partnerships with major companies and organizations across the I-20 corridor also demonstrated new growth and impacts.
The past few days have provided us with several opportunities for reflection. We celebrated Tech’s largest ever graduating class last Saturday as 973 graduates received their diplomas. We also celebrated having the 100,000th graduate in Tech’s history cross the stage on Saturday and recognized the president who had presented almost half of those graduates with their diplomas; I was honored to present President Emeritus Dan Reneau with the Tower Medallion and membership in the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
On Monday morning, we held a special commencement for those baseball and softball student-athletes who were not able to attend the Spring Commencement exercises because of conflicting competitions on commencement day.
Kathy and I took a long week-end to get out of town for a few days, but are ready to get back after it tomorrow as we begin to pull together the final plans for the next academic year.
Here are a few of my favorite pics for the week: