Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Summer commencement

Steinke Physical Education Center - 08/05/11 - 08/05/11

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


Over 250 graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during the summer commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 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, Dustin Schwandt, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Seferino “Nino” Mendietta, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will present a university ring to one deserving graduate.  

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Demarious Frey, who earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&I University in 1959 and was named one of the university’s Distinguished Alumni in 2009.

About Dr. Demarious Frey

The Austin native went on to become the first female veterinarian from the university and one of the first from the state. Frey had to leave the state to pursue her vet degree. The only veterinary school in Texas at the time did not accept women so she earned her vet degree from Oklahoma State University in 1963 as one of only four women in the program.  

After spending two years as a volunteer in the veterinary service in Ethiopia, Frey and her husband, Dr. Martin R. Frey, opened Padre Animal Hospital in Corpus Christi. She also was the first woman appointed to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and was appointed to the Texas Racing Commission, where she helped spell out minimal standards for horse and greyhound racing in Texas.

Frey has received many honors, including the YWCA Women in Careers Award, Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of America, Outstanding Alumnae from the Oklahoma State University Women’s Council, Woman of the Year from the National Greyhound Association and a Recognition of Service Award from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.


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