Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules spring commencement May 11

KINGSVILLE - April 30, 2012

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

More than 740 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during three commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, May 11.

At the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will receive their degrees. The College of Arts and Sciences degrees will be handed out at 1:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. students from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance will receive their degrees.

There will be two commencement speakers. Engineering alumnus Ryan Broglie will give the keynote address at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony and Ray Bonilla, general counsel for The Texas A&M University System, will provide the address for the remaining two ceremonies.

Two ROTC cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army. Mario A. Maldonado and Geoffrey R. Wagner will be honored during the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

Dustin Schwandt, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Seferino “Nino” Mendietta, 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 Ryan Broglie

Ryan Broglie is a 1996 graduate of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He is a Kingsville native.

Upon graduation, Broglie was employed by Smith International, an oil and gas service company. After stints in South Texas, Calgary and Oman, he and his wife, Stephanie, returned to the states and joined Bruington Engineering, Ltd., where he is currently employed as a drilling and completion engineer, working primarily on Eagle Ford Shale drilling prospects in South Texas.

Stephanie Broglie also graduated from of the Dotterweich College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. They reside in the San Antonio area with their two children Gemma, 5 and Staycer, 3. 

About Ray Bonilla

Ray Bonilla has been the general counsel for The Texas A&M University System since September 2011. Prior to that, he was a partner in the law firm of Ray, Wood and Bonilla in Austin, where he represented a wide range of governmental entities, businesses and individuals on issues involving state and local taxation, open government, elections, ethics and procurement. 

Bonilla has extensive experience in administrative hearings before state agencies, in litigation involving state agencies and in legislative matters. He previously served as general counsel of the Texas Comptroller’s Office under John Sharp, where he served as the primary legal advisor to Sharp in his role as the state’s chief tax administrator and chief financial officer.

He also served on the Washington staff of former United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen and as an attorney at the law firms of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore and Baker & Botts. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting with honors from the University of Texas and his law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.


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