TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328, cell: 512-658-4444
Email: [email protected]
FOR RELEASE JUNE 2, 2016
SENATOR KIRK WATSON TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Austin, Texas – Texas Senator Kirk Watson will serve as the keynote speaker for Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) commencement ceremony today at 2:00 p.m., when 59 seniors, including 14 from the Austin area, close a chapter in their life and embark upon their next life’s adventures.
Commencement exercises will be held at the R.L. Davis Auditorium, located on the school’s south Austin campus at 1102 South Congress Avenue.
Watson served as Austin mayor prior to his election to the Texas Senate in 2006. Ensuring access to health care and improving our state’s education funding system have been some of Watson’s top priorities as a senator.
“It’s our duty to ensure that our schools have the support they need to help our children thrive, succeed and excel in the 21st century,” Watson said.
In 2015, Watson sponsored Senate Bill 836, relating to management services for the physical facilities of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Texas School for the Deaf.
TSD Superintendent Claire Bugen is proud to welcome Watson to the TSD campus.
“As a member of the Select Committee on Government Facilities, Senator Watson has been instrumental in preserving the intentions of Texas’ Sixth Legislature when the school was established in 1856 with his work to ensure TSD remains a Travis County icon and continues to provide a quality education for all Texas children who are deaf or hard of hearing,” Bugen said.
WHAT: Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) 2016 Commencement Exercises
WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 2016
Senior/Parent Luncheon 11:30 a.m.
Commencement Exercises 2:00 p.m.
R. L. Davis Auditorium
Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress
Austin, Texas 78704
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.