Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville Schedules Spring Commencement May 11

KINGSVILLE - May 01, 2007

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

KMore than 800 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 11.

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

The keynote speaker is J. Philip McCormick, C.P.A., Kingsville native and alumnus of Texas A&I University.

Thomas Bingham, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Brig. Gen. Philip L. Hanrahan will commission two ROTC cadets into the United States Army. They are John P. Rawlinson and Heriberto A. Silva.

Alvaro Hinojosa, 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.

McCormick received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, cum laude; and a master’s degree in business and economics from Texas A&I University. He is currently chairman of the board of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Inc. While attending A&I, McCormick met his wife, Jo Ann, a native of Corpus Christi. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education with a double major of math and business administration.

McCormick also has served the university as secretary and member of the Board of Regents of the University System of South Texas, president of the Texas A&I Alumni Association and as chairman of the Industry Advisory Council to the Dean of the College of Business Administration. The Javelina Alumni Association named him Distinguished Alumnus in 1991.

Professionally, McCormick practiced public accounting for 26 years and was a senior financial officer of three public companies including Highwaymaster Communications Inc., Lone Star Gas Co. and Enserch Exploration Corporation Inc. In his public accounting career, he was a partner in KPMG Peat Marwick and KMG Main Hurdman.

He currently is a director and audit committee member of Renaissance Capital Growth and Income Fund III Inc., director and board committee chairman of a privately owned manufacturing and distribution company with $200 million in annual sales and is senior advisor to Stonehenge Capital Company LLC, a private equity firm.

McCormick was included in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest in the 23rd and 24th editions and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants since 1967.


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