New York Times best-selling author and daytime talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw to speak at UNT commencement ceremony

Dr. Phil McGraw
Dr. Phil McGraw
Friday, May 6, 2011

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Dr. Phil McGraw, famed for his nationally syndicated television talk show Dr. Phil, will speak at the University of North Texas master's and doctoral commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. May 13 (Friday) in the UNT Coliseum, southeast corner of Highland Street and North Texas Boulevard.

McGraw, a UNT alumnus, began appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show weekly in 1998 before his one-hour daytime syndicated talk show Dr. Phil debuted in September 2002 to high ratings -- the highest of any new syndicated show since the launch of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Phil has been the No. 2 daytime talk show since its launch. McGraw, who is also the author of six No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, earned his master's degree in experimental psychology in 1976 and his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1979 from UNT.

The American Psychological Association honored McGraw with a presidential citation in 2006. Since its inception, his show has earned 19 Emmy nominations and five PRISM Awards, which are presented for accurately depicting drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and addiction in the media. In addition, the show earned four Gracie Awards, presented by The Alliance for Women in Media, and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Media Award.

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The master's and doctoral commencement ceremony kicks off a weekend of ceremonies. Undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held at:

7 pm. May 13 for the College of Education, College of Business and College of Information 9 a.m. May 14 for the College of Arts and Sciences 1 p.m. May 14 for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the College of Engineering 5 p.m. May 14 for Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management, College of Music and College of Visual Arts and Design.

The ceremonies will honor the achievements of almost 4,000 students. This spring, about 3,210 undergraduate students, 702 master's students and 82 doctoral candidates applied for graduation.

A reception for candidates and their guests will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 13 and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14 in the ballroom of UNT's Gateway Center, which is located on North Texas Boulevard between Eagle Drive and Highland Street and next to the Coliseum.

View live streaming of the commencement ceremonies at UNT's Commencement website.

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