Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Spring Commencement May 5

KINGSVILLE - April 11, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

More than 750 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during two commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, May 5.

At the 4 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the colleges of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and Business Administration; and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will receive their degrees. The colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education will receive their degrees at the 7 p.m. ceremony.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Wendy Gramm, member of the Board of Regents for The Texas A&M University System.

Ricardo Barrera, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Lt. Col. James Troia, military science professor, will commission three ROTC cadets into the United States Army. They are Roberto Gonzalez, Matthew H. Lawson and David Rios Jr.

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

Gramm is a Mercatus Distinguished Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. Before joining the Mercatus Center, she served as chair of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1988-1993. She was administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget prior to that. She was on the research staff of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

She started her economics career at Texas A&M University where she taught for over eight years. She was appointed to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry in 2001. She is chair of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and the Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement Committee.

Gramm is a member of the Committee on Audit and the Committee on Educational Access. She is the board’s special liaison to the Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection Committee, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Development Council.

She also has served as a member of the Committee on Health Affairs. Her term expires Feb. 1, 2007.

Gramm has an extensive publication record including articles in the American Economic Review and the Journal of Law and Economics.

As an economist, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is a member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. A native of Helotes, she received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a doctorate from Northwestern University.

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