School of Law Spring 2014 Hooding Ceremony

6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, United Spirit Arena

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Keynote Speaker

Greg Abbott Headshot

Attorney General Greg Abbott is the 50th Attorney General of Texas.

As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has made protecting children and families the focus of his administration. Shortly after taking office, Attorney General Abbott established a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children; a Fugitive Unit to arrest convicted sex offenders who violate their parole; and an expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars. He has also collected more than $27 billion in child support for Texas children.

Attorney General Abbott oversees more than 700 attorneys who represent the State of Texas. He has personally appeared in courtrooms around the state and obtained indictments against criminals charged with offenses ranging from attempted aggravated assault of a child to capital murder.

His public service career began in Houston as a highly rated state trial judge in the 129th District Court. In 1995, then-Governor George W. Bush appointed Abbott to the Texas Supreme Court. Twice elected to the Texas Supreme Court, Abbott earned numerous awards, including “Jurist of the Year” from the Texas Review of Law & Politics and Appellate Specialists; and “Appellate Judge of the Year” from the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

General Abbott has held leadership positions in numerous community organizations, and served as Honorary State Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas in 2004.

A native Texan, Attorney General Abbott graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. He and his wife, Cecilia, have been married for 32 years and live in Austin with their daughter, Audrey.

Reception Information

A reception will be held in the law school Forum and Lanier Atrium for graduates and their guests at 3:30 p.m. the day of graduation. Guests may enter through either the Lanier Center or main law school entrance. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., graduates and guests are welcome to tour the law school building. There will also be cookies and water available in the library throughout the day.

Guest Information

The law school parking lot (Indiana Avenue and Texas Tech Parkway) will be open to graduates and their guests the day of graduation.

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Graduate Information

Please order your regalia from the Barnes & Noble in the student union building by November 8. Orders placed after November 8 and before the final deadline of November 15 will incur a $25 late fee.

Hotel Information

Contact information for Lubbock hotels is available at Visit Information on hotels in the surrounding area can be found here.

Photography and Video Information

Graduation photos may be viewed and ordered at Candid Color Photography. DVD copies of the graduation video may be purchased by contacting Mandy Wiley, Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641 ext. 243. You can also view photos from the May 2013 Hooding Ceremony here.


View the lifestream here.