Texas School for the Deaf Class of 2019

Commencement Ceremony

2:00 p.m. – Thursday, May 30, 2019

Austin, Texas – May 30, 2019 – Fifty-four Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) seniors will participate in the traditional awarding of diplomas and turning of the tassels during commencement exercises today at 2:00 p.m. in TSD’s R.L. Davis Auditorium, at 1102 South Congress Avenue.

Known as an entertainer and Deaf advocate, Linsay Darnall, Jr., delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2019. 

  TSD and the Class of 2019 celebrate a year of academic and athletic achievements, including:

  • The TSD Lady Rangers broke the national basketball record, winning 33 consecutive games;
  • TSD boys and girls track and field took first place out of 19 Deaf schools at the Berg & Seeger Track & Field Classic;
  • TSD’s culinary team brought home the Deaf Culinary Bowl championship trophy from Las Vegas;
  • The TSD Blue Chargerbots robotics team are the TAPPS Robotics State Champions this year.

  At TSD since 2008, an honors student all four years of high school and an all-around athlete who participated in four sports at TSD, Sunita Schmidjorg, is the class of 2019 Valedictorian and was Player of the Year in both volleyball and basketball.

  Salutatorian, Leila Sicoli, has been a student at TSD since 2004 and been involved in countless academic and extracurricular activities.

  Both of these top honor grads will attend Gallaudet University to continue their academic and sports careers at the world’s only liberal arts university designed for deaf and hard of hearing students, in Washington, D.C.

  Claire Bugen, TSD Superintendent says, “Graduation at TSD is always bitter-sweet seeing many of these kids graduating who have grown up here at TSD, each with their own unique story.”

  “I’m especially excited that 31 of our graduating seniors have received acceptances to two- and four-year colleges and universities.”