Tarleton State University anticipates awarding 1,008 diplomas on May Saturday, May 12 during spring commencement exercises at Memorial Stadium. ?Two ceremonies are scheduled this spring to accommodate the growing number of graduates, with the first set to begin at 10:30 a.m. for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

A second ceremony at 7:30 p.m. will include candidates for graduation from the College of Business Administration and the College of Education.?Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio will preside as nine associate, 805 bachelorís, 182 masterís and 12 doctoral degrees will be awarded to the universityís newest graduates.?Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be bestowed upon Mr. Joe R. Long and Dr. Teresa Lozano Long.?Mr. Long, a Tarleton alumnus, has made his mark in Texas as an attorney, banker and philanthropist. He served as an investigator with the State Securities Board and in the Texas Attorney Generalís Office prior to moving into private law practice and then into banking, where he became chairman and CEO of First State Bank.?Dr. Long was the first Hispanic to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate in health and physical education. She worked for the Texas Education Agency and U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Migrant Education and Head Start programs.?The Longs share a passion for the arts and have spent their lives supporting cultural venues and charities with endowments, not only at Tarleton, but with the University of Texas System schools, the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Austin Symphony, among others.?More information about this springís commencement ceremony can be found online at www.tarleton.edu/graduation. Both graduation proceedings will be video-streamed live online on the Tarleton website, www.tarleton.edu. Specific link information will be posted prior to the event.