2019 Graduates Honored

More than 1,000 graduates walk the stage

Congratulations to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) 2019 graduating class. This year TTUHSC graduated more than 1,000 students in medicine, nursing, health professions, biomedical sciences and pharmacy.

TTUHSC is one of the largest health care institutions in the state, with more than 28,000 alumni who impact health care throughout the U.S. 

TTUHSC students excel in academics, innovation, community outreach, and extracurricular engagement. Highest acheiving students for each school were recognized for their exceptional efforts at TTUHSC. 

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GSBS Commencement

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences had 69 students graduate. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences includes programs in biomedical sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and public health. 
K. Wyatt McMahon Outstanding Graduate Student –
Dylan Meyer, Ph.D.
Dean’s Recognition Award–
Manuel Ramos, M.S.
Outstanding Public Health Award–
Asher George, MPH

TTUHSC School of Health Professions

Health Professions Commencement

The School of Health Professions graduated 307 students. These students graduated from 20 diverse undergraduate and graduate programs on the Amarillo, Permian Basin and Lubbock campuses.

Dean’s Award for Excellence

Undergraduate Recipient
Felicia Ashley Williamson 
 Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Graduate Recipient
Rebecca Lynn Martin 
Doctor of Audiology

Research Recipient
Mark Patrick William 
PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

TTUHSC School of Medicine

Medicine Graduating Class

The School of Medicine graduating class included 171 graduates. Graduates matched in top residency programs throughout the country with programs such as Mayo Clinic, Stanford, Emory, Naval Medical Center and Massachussets General Hospital.
This year’s graduating class also included three MD/PhD recipients, thirteen MD/MBA recipients, five MD/MPH recipients, and five Family Medicine Accelerated Track (FMAT) Recipients.
Dean’s Highest Academic Achievement Award –
Chelsea Burroughs

Dean’s Recognition Award –
Jeremiah Moon
Zachary Mortensen
Vincent Athas

Gold Headed Cane –
Andrew Hudson
Buesseler Award for Student Excellence –
Andrew Hudson
Ben Aziz 

TTUHSC School of Nursing

Nursing Commencement

The School of Nursing had 417 students graduate. This included undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level students.
Excellence in Nursing Award –
DNP –  Stephanie “Steph” Hoelscher
RN to BSN –  Melissa Castro
Traditional BSN –  Kendra Hoffman
Dean’s Leadership Award – 
Brennan Gillilan, Traditional BSN  
Turning Evidence into Action Award  – 
Reid Moore, Traditional BSN
Maura Mangan, Traditional BSN

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Commencement

The School of Pharmacy graduated 145 students this year, including students from the Amarillo, Abilene, Lubbock and Dallas TTUHSC campuses.  
Banner Bearer – Brendon Clough  
Bowl of Hygieia – Michael Dean 
Wolters Kluwer Excellence in Clinical Communication – Erica Dominguez
Excellence in Community Practice – Kyle Kleckner 
Superior Patient Care – Neely Hudson
Geriatrics Award – Nicole Buzzard 
Pediatrics Award – Joseph Vu 
Community Outreach Award – Lydia Girgis 
Mylan Millad – Sobhanian 
Hannah Thompson Perseverance Award – Posthumously to Hannah Thompson 

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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F. Marie Hall SimLife Center

The SimLife Center opened in 2010, and was made possible by a major gift from longtime Texas Tech supporter Ms. Marie Hall.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio are factors that promote learning and encourage interaction between students. These unique factors create a highly competitive environment for students applying each year.

Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians is a physician group and part of the School of Medicine and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

Clinics are located in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and the Permian Basin, encompassing 108 counties of Texas and New Mexico comprising 103,000 square miles with a population of 2.6 million people. Receiving care in a medical school setting is unique – many Texas Tech Physicians are also teachers. They must remain up-to-date in new treatments and diagnostics, not only to care for their patients, but also to pass on that knowledge to resident physicians, physicians studying in fellowships and medical students.

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