Army Hero Inspires Fellow UNT Grads

Mon, May 16, 2016 - 3:09pm

As hundreds of University of North Texas graduates filed into Apogee Stadium for commencement Friday morning, it was an alumnus many of them knew well who was readying to give the keynote speech,; a man who many called a hero.

Steven Davidson just graduated UNT in the winter and said he’d planned to come back to walk with his classmates at the ceremony, but instead he accompanied the University president directly to the stage.

Davidson grew up in Justin and graduated from Northwest High School, but told the crowd Friday...

UNT Mom Graduates Despite Illness and Late Start

Thu, Dec 10, 2015 - 11:17pm

By Brian Scott

A single mother and now University of North Texas graduate is beating the odds after nearly losing her life.

Darla Ray will get her degree at Friday's UNT commencement ceremony after becoming a well-known figure to many on campus.

Ray spent the last few years living in the dorms on campus and attending classes and study groups, though as a 49-year-old mother of two, she is clearly not the typical student.

Ray divorced when both of her daughters were still young...

UNT to hand degrees to fall grads

Tue, Dec 8, 2015 - 5:25am


About 3,000 University of North Texas students will walk across the stage with other graduates from their respective colleges during fall recognition ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

Last spring, UNT opted for a mass commencement ceremony held in May, which features a keynote speaker but doesn’t include the conventional practice of having students walk across the stage one at a time to receive their degrees.

To fill the gap, college...

The governor gave the commencement speech. To very few people.

Fri, May 22, 2015 - 1:13pm

Commencement ceremonies are mostly pretty similar, one to another. Graduates, caps and gowns, polite attention to a speaker at a podium.

But at the University of North Texas, the keynote speaker — the governor of the state — addressed just a tiny fraction of the graduating class. And part of that small audience was actively protesting him — turning away from him, holding anti-Gov. Greg Abbott signs.

A spokeswoman for the university in Denton, Tex., north of Dallas, said last-minute changes to the ceremony, moving it from an outdoor football field to an indoor coliseum after heavy rain and the possibility of hail and...

Protests Don't Stop Gov. Abbott's UNT Commencement Speech

Tue, May 19, 2015 - 7:32am

The University of North Texas had a campus-wide commencement over the weekend – a first for the school in Denton. The keynote speaker, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, ignored a few protestors and stayed focused on the graduates in his speech.

Greg Abbott came to the podium as banners unfurled in the stands. “Get the frack out of Denton” and “Abbott Free UNT” read a few. Abbott didn’t address them directly, but instead started his speech with thanks to people in the armed services, especially UNT student Nick Bradley.

“It’s because of Nick, and everyone like him who has fought on battlefields across the globe, that...