Spring Baccalaureate & Commencement 2018
May 12, 2018
Texas Lutheran University celebrates Commencement at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters for those students who have completed all requirements for graduation. A Baccalaureate Service is held the morning of Commencement where graduates and their parents are invited to join the TLU community in a final service led by the campus pastor before receiving diplomas.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
This event with be streamed live online.
The stage will be set up directly in front of the Chapel, with the lawn from the Chapel to the Victory Bell as the seating area. There will be plenty of seating for family, friends and invited guests.
Tickets will not be used, except in the event of rain. Each graduate will be given 5 “rain tickets,” which will be used if the ceremony is moved to Jackson Auditorium due to rain. Graduates should have picked up their tickets at the TLU Bookstore prior to Commencement. We ask that ticket holders be seated by 6:50 p.m. after which time seating will be opened up to non-ticket holders until capacity is reached. The ceremony will be live streamed online. In the event of rain, a large screen will be set up in the Alumni Student Center for overflow attendees to view the ceremony.
Commencement Speaker: Julie Kutac, M.A., Ph.D.
Julie Kutac is the professional education and research specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association-Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. Dr. Kutac received her B.S. in molecular biology with a minor in theology from Texas Lutheran University, her M.A. in religious studies from Rice University, and her Ph.D. in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Dr. Kutac's research at Rice University focused upon the ethics of memory and first person illness narratives that captured the subjective experience of Alzheimer's disease. At the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Kutac continued her studies on aging and elder care as a National Institute of Aging Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Sealy Center on Aging. Her dissertation focused upon suffering, the elderly, and ways that the medical humanities can improve the practitioner-patient relationship. She has been awarded the Chester R. Burns Award in Medical Humanities, the John D. and Ann Stobo Award in Oslerian Medicine and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
As the Professional Education and Research Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, Dr. Kutac serves as the content expert for the chapter. Building on her performance experience and education at Texas Lutheran, Dr. Kutac prepares and delivers engaging, evidence based education programs to health care providers across Texas. Dr. Kutac also liaises with the scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease in the Texas Medical Center and Southeast Texas, facilitating connections between the scientists and the community. Dr. Kutac has presented her research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities national conference, the Conference on Medicine and Religion, among others. Her writings are published in "The Journal of General Internal Medicine," "The Journal of the Medical Humanities," and "The Journal of Religion and Health." In her free time, Dr. Kutac sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus and enjoys giving her Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix, Lulu, a happy old age.
Announcements, caps, gowns, and tassels are available at the TLU Bookstore in the Alumni Student Center beginning Monday, March 19. Call, drop by, or visit MyTLU for more information.
Grad Gear Up
Tuesday, April 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the ASC Lounge
Graduates can use this opportunity to take care of all things pertaining to graduation at one location. Verify the reading of their name at the ceremony and on their diploma, wrap up loose ends with the business and financial aid offices, pick up rain tickets, and take care of any other important graduation business. This event is a part of the TLU Senior Salute Week.
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