Fall commencement exercises at Tarleton State University are set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, with approximately 1,156 graduates receiving diplomas.

On Friday, the colleges of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and Health Sciences and Human Services conduct graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m., followed by the colleges of Liberal & Fine Arts, Science & Technology and Business Administration’s general studies majors at 4 p.m. The ceremony for the College of Graduate Studies takes place at 7 p.m.when all master’s and doctoral candidates are hooded and receive their diplomas.

Ceremonies continue on Saturday beginning with the College of Business Administration and its Department of Management graduates at 10 a.m. The colleges of Education and Business Administration’s departments of Accounting, Finance & Economics and Marketing & Computer Information Systems will conduct ceremonies at 1 p.m.

All five programs take place in Wisdom Gymnasium in the Health and Physical Education Complex. Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton, is presiding officer for the ceremonies.

Tarleton will award 972 undergraduate, 180 graduate and four doctoral degrees during the fall commencement ceremonies.

The presentation of Departmental Outstanding Graduates will precede each college’s processional. The graduates, selected by the administration and faculty in the student’s major department, are chosen for excelling in leadership as well as academics.

Honorees are: Madilyn Cavender of Sherman, agricultural and consumer sciences; Tylo Farrar of Spearman, animal science and veterinary technology; Seth Hamby of Cleburne, wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences; Andrew Schultz of Round Rock, accounting, finance and economics; Daylon Rankin of Robinson, marketing and computer information systems; Sierra Jones of Hico, management; and Garrett Tanner of Stephenville, kinesiology.

Additional Departmental Outstanding Graduates are: Jessica Vick of Copperas Cove, nursing; Shayla Cozart of Corinth, curriculum and instruction; Carley Almond of Whitewright, psychological sciences; Taylor Craig of Bertram, communication studies; Jeremy Balders of Fort Worth, criminal justice; Rachel McDonald of Brownwood, English and languages; Alicia Sutton of Haltom City, fine arts; Jacob Woolridge of Stephenville, social sciences; Kevin Woods of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., biological sciences; Madisyn Frandsen of Haslet, engineering and computer science; Zackery McMurry of Wichita Falls, engineering technology; and Karen Harlow of Fair Oaks Ranch, mathematics.