Speaker choice draws flak

Mon, Apr 6, 2015 - 7:37am

Soon after University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk posted on Twitter that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott would be the university’s commencement speaker, students quickly responded.

Senior Cortney Pace was one of several who responded negatively, tweeting: “How can we bring in a speaker for commencement that does not support local control?”

“The day after Denton passed the fracking ban, [Abbott] said he was dedicated to repealing that,” Pace explained. “I don’t understand how he could repeal local control, and I can’t support that.”

Abbott, who took office in January, is drawing criticism from students for...

Abbott coming to UNT

Fri, Apr 3, 2015 - 10:31am

Gov. Greg Abbott will give the commencement address at the University of North Texas next month for the university’s first mass commencement ceremony, which kicks off a yearlong celebration of UNT’s 125th anniversary.

The commencement ceremony will be May 16 at Apogee Stadium. It will mark the first time graduates from all colleges will join together for a single ceremony.

“I am as excited as I can possibly be,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “I can’t think of a better way for our campus to celebrate the beginning of our 125th anniversary, to congratulate our kids and to kick off the governor’s first year than by...

UNT commencement changes coming

Thu, Dec 11, 2014 - 12:13pm

The upcoming December commencement for University of North Texas soon-to-be graduates will be the last the school hosts, and the last time students walk across the official commencement stage to receive their diplomas.

More details about the migration to a single May commencement were released this week by UNT President Neal Smatresk after first announcing the proposed change over the summer.

Now, there will be one large commencement ceremony in May at Apogee Stadium for all graduates, including those who graduated the previous December starting with 2015 December grads, according to the university. At the new...

Sendoff for the summer

Mon, Aug 11, 2014 - 10:03am

More than 1,000 students graduated from the University of North Texas on Saturday, in the two final summer commencement ceremonies for UNT — at least for now.

The 1 p.m. ceremony for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences was the last of three summer ceremonies that graduated more than 1,800 students.

Next year, President Neal Smatresk hopes the summer graduates will be able to participate in a larger May ceremony instead.

“You never say it’s the last forever, but for now, we’re discontinuing them,” he said.

The summer ceremonies...

Graduation day arrives, traffic may fill UNT streets

Fri, Jun 6, 2014 - 1:54pm

Today is graduation day for nearly 1,500 high school seniors from the Denton school district.

Ceremonies for Denton’s three comprehensive high schools begin at 11 a.m. with Denton High School, followed by Guyer High at 2:30 p.m. and Ryan High at 6 p.m. All three graduation ceremonies will take place at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

A spring graduation for 31 graduates at Fred Moore High School, Denton’s alternative high school, took place Wednesday at the UNT Gateway Center.

“It is such an exciting time because each school individualizes its own graduation to reflect its student body,” said Sharon...