Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Valley News Anchor Marcy Martinez Is A&M-Kingsville Commencement Speaker

KINGSVILLE - July 18, 2007

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

More than 400 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage during two summer commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Steinke Physical Education Center Friday, Aug. 10.

Students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education will receive their degrees at a 3 p.m. ceremony and students 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 at 6 p.m.

Among the prospective graduates, 171 are bachelor’s candidates and 229 are scheduled to receive master’s degrees. There are 28 doctoral candidates.

This year’s keynote speaker is Marcy Martinez, anchor and reporter for KGBT-TV in Harlingen. Thomas Bingham, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Alvaro Hinojosa, Javelina Alumni Association president, will present the official university ring to one graduate, who is selected based on leadership, campus and community service and honors and awards.

About Marcy Martinez

Martinez is the one of the most high profile alumnae of A&M-Kingsville in the Rio Grande Valley. The Javelina Alumni Association named her the Rising Star in 2006.

Martinez was chosen Best TV Personality in the Valley Morning Star Reader’s Choice Awards four of the last six years and A&M-Kingsville’s communication and theatre arts department named her Alumna of the Year in 2003. Martinez received the Retired Teacher’s Association School Bell Award for coverage of education stories.

She gives to the community in the Rio Grande Valley by volunteering for many civic events. Just to name a few…she delivered the commencement address for the Progreso High School graduation, served as a judge for the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant in 2005 and as mistress of ceremonies for the Ford Salute to Education Scholarship presentation in 2004 and 2005.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in government and continues to give back to her university. She has been featured in university television commercials, was keynote speaker at Freshman Convocation and the Women’s Leadership Dinner and has been judge and mistress of ceremonies for the Miss TAMUK Pageant several times. She is a former Miss TAMUK herself, selected in 1998.

Martinez follows in the footsteps of her father, who graduated from Texas A&I and her two older sisters, who received degrees from A&M-Kingsville.

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