Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules summer commencement August 10

Steinke Physical Education Center - 08/10/13 - 08/10/13

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

More than 300 graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during the summer commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees will be recognized within their academic colleges.

During the commencement ceremony, Chelsea Nkrumah, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Oscar Flores, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will present a university ring to one deserving graduate.

Lt. Col. Richard P. Spainhour, director of ROTC and professor of military science at A&M-Kingsville, will commission Cecelia C. Ysassi as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez of the 13th Court of Appeals will be the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony. John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, will bring greetings from the System. 

About Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez

Rogelio Valdez has been Chief Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals since his election to that post in 2001. He is the first Hispanic to serve as Chief Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals. 

He has worked his way up through the Justice System since he was first elected as judge of County Court at Law Number One in Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley in 1983. In 1987, he was elected to the 357th District Court of Cameron and Willacy counties and in 1991, he was selected to serve as local administrative judge of the District Courts of Cameron and Willacy counties.  

Valdez is an alumnus, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&I University in 1976. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. He then went on to receive his Juris doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Prior to his judicial career, he had a private practice and served as assistant district attorney for Cameron County. 

About Chancellor John Sharp

As Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, John Sharp leads the 19-member system, which includes 11 universities, seven state agencies and a health science center. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Texas A&M University in 1972. He was student body president and a member of the corps staff of the Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. 

In 1976, Sharp received a master’s degree in public administration from Southwest Texas State University while working full time with the Legislative Budget Board in Austin. In 1978, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and was named Outstanding Freshman by Texas Monthly. He won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1982, where he served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. He was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1986 and was elected state comptroller in 1990 and again in 1994.


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