Pushed indoors, UNT's mass commencement ceremony sparsely attended

Mon, May 18, 2015 - 3:59pm

An estimated 300 to 400 degree recipients attended the University of North Texas’ first mass commencement ceremony, of the more than 4,000 who earned their diplomas this weekend.

Not a drop of rain had fallen by the time the ceremony ended — in spite of university officials’ Thursday decision to have the commencement in the UNT Coliseum, rather than at Apogee Stadium, because of the high chance of severe weather.

Because of the change, students from the College of Arts and Sciences and doctoral and master’s candidates were told not to go to the Coliseum for Saturday’s ceremony, instead having their degrees conferred...

Protesters escorted out with little disruption as Abbott speaks at UNT

Mon, May 18, 2015 - 8:57am

One student stood and turned his back in protest Saturday night as Gov. Greg Abbott began speaking to the 2015 graduating class at the University of North Texas.

He was watching as police escorted about a dozen protesters in the audience out of the UNT Coliseum. Graduates filled less than half the seats set out on the arena floor.

“We are here protesting Gov. Abbott on our campus,” Christy Medrano, a senior from Corsicana, said after being led outside. “We believe his policies are harmful to the student body here.”

Despite the protest, Abbott continued his congratulatory speech without pause, promising...

UNT sets commencement rain plan

Thu, May 14, 2015 - 12:35pm

The first mass commencement ceremony for the University of North Texas at Apogee Stadium is days away, and staff members have released an official weather plan if the rainCONTINUES into Saturday night.

If there is inclement weather, the universitywide commencement will move inside the UNT Coliseum,...

DCTA to offer special service for UNT graduation

Tue, May 12, 2015 - 12:45pm

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) is partnering with the University of North Texas (UNT) to provide special shuttle services to help graduates, their families and friends avoid traffic during UNT commencement weekend. DCTA will be providing special commencement shuttle services on Friday and Saturday.


Mom, daughters are fellow students at UNT

Mon, May 11, 2015 - 1:02pm

Darla Ray is a nontraditional college student. So it stands to reason that she will celebrate Mother’s Day as a nontraditional mom.

In a lot of ways, Ray is a normal senior at the University of North Texas. She’s applying to graduate programs, planning a foray on Fry Street before her graduation and has a rotating cast of friends and confidants inside her Traditions Hall dorm room.

But in another way, she is a different from most other UNT undergrads. She is 49 years old, and her daughters, Whitney “Free” Smith and Whitley Smith, are fellow college students at UNT.

“I have a terrible case of Peter Pan...