Alumnus Phil McGraw speaks at commencement ceremony

Phil McGraw ('76 M.A., '79 Ph.D.), host of the nationally syndicated Dr. Phil show, speaks in the Coliseum in May at UNT's master's and doctoral commencement ceremonies. (Photo by Jonathan Reynolds)Phil McGraw (’76 M.A., ’79 Ph.D.), famed for his nationally syndicated television talk show Dr. Phil, was the keynote speaker for the UNT master’s and doctoral commencement ceremony in May.

McGraw, who began appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show weekly in 1998, is the author of six No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. He earned his master’s degree in experimental psychology and his doctorate in clinical psychology from UNT. The American Psychological Association honored McGraw with a presidential citation in 2006. His show has earned 19 Emmy nominations and five Prism Awards, which are presented for educating people about drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and addiction in the media.

UNT’s May commencement ceremonies honored more than 3,600 graduates — a record number for spring. Determined returning student, Kenneth Lyons, UNT’s all-time leading men’s basketball scorer, who left UNT in 1983 to play professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers, received his degree.

And Burlyce Logan, at 73 walked across the stage in her cap and gown after starting in 1956 as one of UNT’s first African American students.  Read about her journey.