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LeTourneau University Commencement May 9 to Feature Texas Rangers Owner Ray Davis


LeTourneau University will host two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 9, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at the Longview campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.

The first ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. for graduates from LeTourneau University's School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and the School of Nursing, totaling 145 graduates.

The second ceremony is at 2 p.m. for graduates of LeTourneau University's School of Business and the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, totaling 170 graduates.

Keynote speaker for both commencements will be Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team owner and co-chairman Dallas oilman Ray C. Davis, a LeTourneau business alumnus. Davis is currently a principle owner and the Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American League Champion Texas Rangers. In 2015, Davis was appointed to Major League Baseball's Executive Committee.

Davis has honed his shrewd business judgment throughout 30 years of a successful career in the energy industry and has shared his business leadership through serving on and chairing several boards of directors for numerous energy companies including Energy Transfer Partners and Energy Transfer Equity. Davis was a founding principal of Energy Transfer Company, which he co-founded in 1995 with business partner Kelcy Warren, and which was taken public in 2004. He retired as Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2007, and became chairman and CEO of Avatar Investments, L.P., a family-owned diversified investment company. He previously served on the board of directors of Crosstex Energy and as Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Cornerstone Natural Gas.

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