Tarleton admits 10,000th student

By Aida Delgado – 

“Out of all the people, it was me, the Asian kid lol.”

With that post on Facebook this week, Khanh Do, a Tarleton freshman from Plano, revealed that he has been identified as the university’s 10,000th student.

Khanh Do, the university's 10,000th student (Courtesy Photo)

Khanh Do, the university’s 10,000th student (Courtesy Photo)

The university had been trying to keep Do’s distinction as the 10,000th student secret until an official announcement next month.

“I can tell you that the 10,000th registered student has already been identified,” Dr. David Weissenburger, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and a professor of psychology, said in an email.  “This occurred a few weeks ago in mid-August.”

“When the number got close to 10,000 the Office of Enrollment Management began tracking registrations closely,” he added. “ As a result we know the actual date and time we reached our 10,000th student but we want it to be a surprise.”

Do did not respond to requests for interviews by phone calls, text or Facebook messages.

Do graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 2011 and is majoring in pharmacology, according to his Facebook page.

In a Sept. 19 letter, Weissenburger congratulated Do on being the record-breaking student.

“YOU are the 10,000th registered student at Tarleton State University!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!” Weissenburger wrote in the letter Do posted on Facebook.

“You helped Tarleton State University surpass its goals and reach a significant milestone in its history,” he continued.  “Now it’s time to celebrate! We are hosting a special event on Wednesday, October 10 at 2:00 pm on the lawn behind the Trogdon House.  We want you to be an honored special guest at this event.  We plan to introduce and recognize you as our 10,000th registered student.  You won’t want to miss what we have planned.”

Weissenburger said Do would officially be recognized as the 10,000th student before a crowd of students, faculty and staff.

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Read the follow-up story, an interview with Khanh Do. Click the link below.

 The view on Do: A look at Tarleton’s 10,000th student

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