Texas Tech University Press
August Commencement Address
Provost William M. Marcy challenged graduates to learn from history, be informed about national and international issues and express their opinions.
More than 1,200 Texas Tech University students received diplomas during commencement ceremonies Aug. 12 at the United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech Provost William M. Marcy was the featured speaker for graduation. He challenged the graduates to learn from history, to be informed about national and international issues and to express their opinions.
“I challenge you to use your vote and your knowledge, joining with others of like mind, to do the things necessary to solve the problems the past generations have left you,” he said. “The education you have received at Texas Tech University has prepared you well for the challenges you will face and they are daunting. The future is literally in your hands.” Watch the conclusion of his powerful charge to the graduates (Flash 1:54).
Marcy was appointed provost of Texas Tech University in July of 2002 and senior vice president and provost in 2004. Prior to then he was dean of the College of Engineering, starting in 1998. He is a proud Texas Tech alumnus, where he earned both a bachelor's and a master's of science degrees in electrical engineering. His doctoral degree was the first interdisciplinary engineering degree awarded at Texas Tech in 1972.