Graduation

Campus is family’s home base
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Mon, May 11, 2015 - 12:27pm

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, Darla 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 Ray is a bit different than 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...

Mother, 49, achieves dream and joins her daughters at UNT
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Sun, May 3, 2015 - 3:38pm

 In a first-floor room inside Transitions Hall on the University of North Texas campus lives a 49-year-old woman, living out her dream deferred.

"There was always that voice inside me that said, 'You're supposed to have a college education, that's something that's on your to-do list,'" said Darla Ray of Fort Worth.

For more than 20 years, Ray had been living her life for her daughters. She was a single mother, sometimes living with relatives and working the overnight shift just so she could be there when her children were awake.

"I'd put them to bed at 9 o'clock, and I'd lay with them and let them go to...

UNT students should respect Abbott even if they disagree
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Thu, Apr 9, 2015 - 1:00pm

The college campus, perhaps more than any other venue, is a place where the free exchange of opposing ideas ought to be welcomed.

Yet it seems that every year around spring graduation time, there is a controversy surrounding a chosen commencement speaker whose well-known ideas or political stands raise objections from some students, faculty members or the general community.

This year such objections are being voiced at the University of North Texas in Denton, where Gov. Greg Abbott has been invited to deliver the keynote graduation address.

Some students, citing Abbott’s “views on inequality” — opposition to...

UNT students sign petition to replace Gov. Abbott as graduation speaker
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Tue, Apr 7, 2015 - 9:53am

A petition is gaining steam to replace Governor Greg Abbott as the keynote speaker at next month's University of North Texas commencement ceremony.

Some students posted the petition on Change.org, saying Governor Abbott's views don't align with UNT's.

"The University of North Texas' student body is made up of students from all walks of life. Therefore, it is pivotal that our keynote speaker be someone who reflects not only our student population but our views on equality and representation. Governor Abbott is an advocate for immigration reform, border patrol, and anti-equal marriage laws. This does not align the...

UNT students sign petition to replace Gov. Abbott as graduation speaker
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Mon, Apr 6, 2015 - 7:44am

A petition is gaining steam to replace Governor Greg Abbott as the keynote speaker at next month's University of North Texas commencement ceremony.

Some students posted the petition on ...