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LCU Sees Graduate Commencement Growth

Lubbock Christian University’s December graduation takes place this weekend with one-hundred eighty-three undergraduates receiving their diploma on Saturday, December 14, at 10am in the Rip Griffin Center, and one-hundred twenty-two graduate students walking the McDonald Moody Auditorium stage on Friday, December 13, at 7:30pm. This is a record high for the number of graduate degrees being awarded, beating last December’s record of ninety-nine, proving the growth of LCU’s graduate programs.

This year’s undergraduate commencement speaker is Judge Sam Medina. Judge Medina received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University in 1973 and began teaching English at Lubbock High School. He received a Juris Doctor Degree from Texas Tech School of Law in 1976 and went into private law practice from 1976 until 1995.

Judge Medina was the first Hispanic to be elected to a county-wide position in Lubbock County, Texas, when he became judge of the County Court at Law No. 1. Within three years he was elected to the 237th State Judicial District Court, where he served the State of Texas until September 30, 2009. Judge Medina is currently the City Attorney for the City of Lubbock. Judge Medina has been involved in community affairs locally, statewide, and nationally.

A new undergraduate commencement ceremony tradition was introduced in the May 2013 graduation; a graduating student is now asked to speak on their LCU experience. For Saturday’s graduation, a non-traditional student, Carol Guzman, has been chosen to represent the 2013 graduating class. Guzman will receive her Bachelor of Arts in English degree, and will speak on the obstacles she had to overcome to get there.

The in-house speaker for LCU’s graduate commencement ceremony is Assistant Provost and Graduate Director of Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Beth Robinson. Dr. Robinson is a licensed professional counselor, an approved supervisor for licensed professional counselors, and a certified school counselor.

Since 1992, Dr. Robinson has had an established private practice specializing in traumatized children. She is a popular author and speaker on topics ranging from childhood development and sexuality, teen issues, family dynamics, caring for elderly relatives, and church resources for families.

Both graduate and undergraduate 2013 commencement ceremonies are being web-cast live, free of charge. One can watch via computer or iPhone/iPod Touch by following the link at Details about both ceremonies are on the site.