Mr. Rene Griffin may hold a record for the most consecutive homecoming games attended by an alumnus. This year, Griffin celebrated his 60th consecutive homecoming celebration. “I feel I have a very unique relationship with the university, having grown up in Commerce, and having so many different ties to the town for so many years,” Griffin said. “It was fantastic watching us win two national championships in football, plus getting close another time or two.”
Griffin attended public school in Commerce and then continued his education at East Texas State. He has always been a true Lion, representing and supporting the university in many ways. As a student, he was a police officer with the University Police Department, president of Delta Tau Delta, and elected class favorite. Griffin majored in computer science, biology and math. He graduated from East Texas State in 1975.