degree candidates, the Class of 2003 became the largest class ever to
graduate from TCU. The new alumni leave alma mater with memories of extensive
campus construction and a slew of new university programs.
time was among the most dynamic in the history of the institution.
were also Michael Ferrari's, and much of the prosperity the university
enjoys today came under his direction as chancellor.
five years, Ferrari retires and experiences a commencement of his own,
leaving for his native Midwest to enjoy a brief respite with family before
embarking on a new career in consulting. In one of his final acts as chancellor,
Ferrari made sure to continue a tradition he began when he arrived at
TCU in 1998 -- signing every diploma by hand. "Students give us four
or five years for an undergraduate degree," he says. "It's the
least I can do."
TCU had something
in mind for Ferrari, too. In addition to many individual gifts given by
well-wishers across campus, the university threw a campuswide picnic in
his honor and a presented a symphony of his favorite music that was directed
by German Gutierrez and performed by the TCU Orchestra and Concert Choral.
A touched and
overwhelmed Ferrari said, "TCU will always have a special place in
my heart. The people here, above all else, will be what I will treasure