Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules Winter Commencement Dec. 14

KINGSVILLE - December 11, 2007

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

More than 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. 14.

At the 4 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Colleges of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, Arts and Sciences and Education will receive their degrees. At the 7 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the College of Business Administration 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. Greg R. Anderson, associate vice chancellor and treasurer for The Texas A&M University System, will bring greetings.

Lt. Col. Ariel Rodriguez of the A&M-Kingsville ROTC, will commission two cadets. Christopher Aron DéLeon and Hipolito Xavier Martinez will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army.

The keynote speaker for both ceremonies will be Dr. Linda Villarreal, executive director of the Education Service Center, Region 2 in Corpus Christi. She earned bachelor’s of science, master’s of science and doctoral degrees from Texas A&I University/A&M-Kingsville. An educator for 28 years, Villarreal has worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in South Texas schools. As a principal and superintendent, Villarreal worked with her staff to create an innovative educational environment for children that earned her staff and district state awards for outstanding student achievement.

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