Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules spring commencement May 9

Steinke Physical Education Center - 05/05/14 - 05/10/14

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

More than 900 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during four commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, May 9.

Graduating at the 10 a.m. ceremony will be all degree candidates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and the College of Business Administration, as well as the master’s degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences. The baccalaureate candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences will make up the 1 p.m. ceremony. Crossing the stage at 4 p.m. will be candidates from the College of Education and Human Performance. The candidates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will graduate at 7 p.m. 

There will be three commencement speakers. Dr. Nirmal Goswami, professor of political science, will speak at the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies. Dr. Linda Villarreal, chair of the Board of Directors of SEDL, will speak at 4 p.m. Dr. Carl David Murphy, professor and chair of the Wayne H. King Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, will give the  keynote address at the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Two ROTC cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army. Thomas Konzen McDowell and Daniel Valentin Torres will be honored during the 1 p.m. ceremony.

Chelsea Nkrumah, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Rene Aguilar, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will present the official university ring to one graduate, funded by the association. Selection from the applicants is based on leadership, campus and community service, letter of recommendation, challenges while in school and honors and awards. 

About Dr. Nirmal Goswami (10 a.m., 1 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Dr. Nirmal Goswami is a professor of political science and has served as a faculty member at Texas A&M-Kingsville for 24 years. Goswami did his undergraduate work in India and his Ph.D. is from the School of Urban and Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Arlington. He has developed interdisciplinary programs for A&M-Kingsville in Asia, Africa and Australasia. 

He has been honored for his teaching by the university, as well as the Texas A&M University System. His research in public policy, political economy, demographics and government has been presented and published at national and international venues and scholarly journals. 

He also has served as an adjunct faculty member at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Goswami also is assistant tennis coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He lives in Kingsville with his wife, Dr. Jaya Goswami and their son, Rohit. 

About Dr. Linda Villarreal (4 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Dr. Linda Villarreal is currently chair of the Board of Directors of SEDL, formerly the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. She spent more than 25 years in education, most recently as executive director of Education Service Center Region 2 in Corpus Christi, a position she held for three years. In that post, she worked with more than 40 school districts and seven charter schools. 

She started as a classroom teacher of speech and drama and moved on to serve as principal, superintendent and service center administrator. She is currently an adjunct professor of education administration and leadership at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Villarreal is an alumna who earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Texas A&I University/Texas A&M-Kingsville. 

About Dr. Carl David Murphy (7 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Dr. Carl David Murphy has been professor and chair of the Wayne H. King Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering at Texas A&M-Kingsville since 2010. Prior to that, he was a visiting associate professor for seven years. Murphy worked in various positions for Celanese Chemical Co./Hoechst Celanese Chemical Co. from 1969 to 2003.

Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. All of his degrees are in chemical engineering.


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