Pomp & Circumstance

The last day of class for the spring semester is May 3 and Commencement is May 13 in the Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena. A reception for graduates and their families will take place Friday, May 12, in the Campus Commons (interior part of campus) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music followed by a five-minute fireworks presentation at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, TCU will host three commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. On-campus parking is available for graduates and their families, and we anticipate guests will arrive beginning at 8 a.m. when the doors to the arena open. The arena should be emptied by 8 p.m.

It takes a village

The multi-year Greek Village project is well underway. The first 13 sorority houses and two fraternity houses are expected to be completed this fall as planned, and pre-demolition activities for the next four houses will begin May 15 once all students have vacated the properties.

Pre-demolition activities, including environmental assessment, utility terminations and abatement are expected to take approximately three weeks to complete, at which time we can safely raze the structures.

TCU has directed construction crews to be mindful of pedestrians and vehicular traffic in the Greek Village area. We respectfully ask that you be aware of construction vehicles and traffic as well. All contractors will work diligently to maintain a safe environment.

Art direction

The new fine arts building, originally slated to break ground this summer, remains a priority component of the Facilities Master Plan, a tool that demonstrates the physical capacity of campus to align with the University’s strategic plan.

Plans for the building have been expanded to include TCU’s Graphic Design faculty and a computer lab for their program, in addition to the Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising department and Costume Studio. A new design for the building will be presented to the Board of Trustees in November and groundbreaking is expected to occur within six months of Board approval.

Park it

Half of the University-owned properties razed on Merida Avenue (between Lowden Street and Bowie Street) are becoming parking spaces to support faculty and staff parking on the east side of campus. The new surface lot will be a gated lot with an entrance off Lowden Street. Landscaping, including a 25-foot greenspace at the entrance and several trees, will enhance the area. Three poles with LED lights will help illuminate the parking lot and nearby sidewalk. These lights warm up and cool down faster than traditional bulbs, and there is no bleedover; the light shines where directed.

Construction is underway and is expected to be complete by mid-July. As with all construction projects, we have instructed the construction crews to be mindful of pedestrians and vehicular traffic in the area and the University will work diligently to maintain a safe environment.