Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules summer commencement August 8

Steinke Physical Education Center - 08/09/14 - 08/09/14

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. Friday, Aug. 8, 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. Rene Aguilar, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, brings greetings.

Major Thomas J. Troyn, director of ROTC and professor of military science at A&M-Kingsville, will commission Michael Daniel Geary as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Dr. Manuel L. Ibáñez, the 14th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will be the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony. 

About Dr. Manuel Ibáñez

Dr. Manuel L. Ibáñez became the 14th president of the university in 1989 and served until 1998. When he started it was Texas A&I University. When the name changed in 1993, he guided the transition as the institution became Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

Ibáñez remained on campus and served as Distinguished Professor of Biology until his retirement in January 2000. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor of biology at Del Mar College. 

Ibáñez served 12 years as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He also was a member of the Governor’s Committee on Research, Texas-Israel Exchange Board, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Board of Directors of Entex Corporation and the International Institute for Applied System Analysis Advisory Group. In 1996-97, he was selected chair of the Lone Star Conference. He currently still sits on the Governor’s Water Advisory Committee. 

Ibáñez earned his bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College, Ohio and his master’s and doctoral degrees in bacteriology and biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Jane, have four children and 11 grandchildren.


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