Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules Winter Commencement December 15

KINGSVILLE - December 04, 2006

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

Gen. Salinas
Brig. Gen. Angie Salinas

KINGSVILLE (December 4, 2006) — Nearly 700 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, Dec. 15.

At the 4 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Colleges of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, Arts and Sciences and Business Administration will receive their degrees.

At the 7 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the College of Education and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will cross the stage.

Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees will be recognized within their academic colleges.

During the commencement ceremony, Thomas Bingham, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Alvaro Hinojosa, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will present a university ring to one deserving graduate.

Lt. Col. James A. Troia of the A&M-Kingsville ROTC, will commission three cadets. Brian D. Chavis, Joseph Garcia and David Joseph Toscano Jr. will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army.

The keynote speaker for both ceremonies will be Brig. Gen. Angie Salinas. She is currently Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region in San Diego.

Salinas was born in Alice and moved to Kingsville when she was 10. Her family moved often as they searched for work. They eventually settled in California. She began her military career when she enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1974. More than 30 years later, she is the highest-ranking Hispanic female in the Marine Corps and the first Latina selected to the rank of Brigadier General.
Starting out as enlisted, she served as a legal services clerk for three years until she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and commissioned a second lieutenant in December 1977. Since then, she has commanded at every rank. Brigadier General Salinas earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dominican College of San Rafael and her master’s from the Naval War College. She is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Naval War College’s Command and the Staff College and Army War College.

Salinas has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with gold star in lieu of second award, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars. In addition, she received Meritorious Service Awards from the Federal Employed Women (FEW), the National Image, Latina Style Magazine and the Molly Marine Award from the Woman Marine Association.

She received recognition for her leadership by the Navy League and recognized as a groundbreaker by Women In the Military for Service to America and has been named one of the top 100 most influential Hispanics in the country and one of 80 most elite women.

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