An Update on GSBS Graduation Events
This week all of the schools within the TTUHSC, including the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, have decided against holding Summer 2020 graduation events. As a Health Sciences Center, our primary concern is always to do no harm, and to promote health and safety for all. This is especially relevant when considering the gathering of hundreds of people during a global pandemic. Our President, Dr. Lori Rice-Spearman, and all five Deans of the HSC schools have agreed that this is the appropriate decision. In addition, Texas Tech University has decided that there will be no August commencement ceremonies this year.
We understand that many of you will be disappointed, but I hope you will understand that health and safety for all is our greatest concern. We are so very proud of each and every one of you and seeing the joy on your faces at graduation and sharing the event with you and your families and friends is one of the rewards we anticipate and cherish. We share your regret that we had to miss that event in May, and now also in August. For those of you that have incurred regalia rental expenses, the GSBS office will be reaching out to you with additional information.
Each one of our 2020 graduates is invited to our May 2021 graduation event. We are very proud of you, we wish you the very best, and hope that you will be able to join us next year to celebrate your accomplishments.
Stay safe and healthy!
- Dr. Schneider
Class of 2020,
Today we celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of every one of our outstanding graduates. Graduates, all of your hard work has paid off. We are all so very proud of you! Please also remember to thank your family, friends, and significant others who have helped you succeed. For all of our students, I would like to share with you my deepest appreciation for the diligent work you put in every day. I am awed by your enthusiasm, creativity, and your science. I hope that each of you takes the time to be very proud of your accomplishments. I know that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted your lives, but in this time of challenge and opportunity, I ask you to continue to seek the truth and always promote science. Louis Pasteur said it very well, "Science knows no country because knowledge belongs to humanity and is the torch that illuminates the world." So to our graduates I say: Stay inspired, make a difference, and make our world a brighter place!
BRANDT L. SCHNEIDER, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dear GSBS Students,
We recognize the hard work and countless hours you have dedicated to completing this monumental accomplishment. I’d like to congratulate you on this achievement once again. Leadership from the TTUHSC schools are still exploring options for face-to-face celebrations at a later time. Our number one priority is the safety of our TTUHSC community and the West Texas community, at large.
The graduation fee for graduates will not be reimbursed due to the necessary expenses that have already been incurred as part of the graduation process. These include administrative costs such as degree plan audits, diploma printing and shipping, graduation honors and awards, printing of the program listing all graduates, development of a virtual recognition event, and the graduation celebratory box which was sent to all graduates in lieu of an in-person ceremony.
We thank you for your understanding and help in reducing the spread of COVID-19.