CEO and owner of a gourmet food company, alumna Tamara Hext Hilliard (’86) will be the keynote speaker at the December 2014 commencement ceremony.
The College of Liberal Arts graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the College Park Center. More than 500 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to receive their degrees.
Hilliard created Tay’s Gourmet, a gourmet granola. Her company distributes to retail stores such as Kroger, Albertsons, Fresh Market, Central Markets, Market Street, United Supermarkets and many independents in seven states throughout the Southwest. Tay’s Gourmet has been featured on Good Morning America. Tay’s Gourmet is an affiliate of Children’s Hunger Fund, a nonprofit organization that delivers food and hope to children in crisis.
Hilliard was named Miss Texas in 1984 and was a runner up in the 1985 Miss America contest. Other honors and awards include her being named the National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year.
Miss Texas is affiliated with Miss America, the world’s largest scholarship organization in the world for women. As the fourth runner up to Miss America, this scholarship program and paid for Hilliard’s education, she said.