Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Four Honored As Distinguished Students During Summer Commencement

KINGSVILLE - August 12, 2008

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Four graduates at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s summer commencement ceremony received the Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award sponsored by the Student Government Association. Only one bachelor’s degree student from each college receives the award.

To be nominated, a student must be a graduating senior with no less than 60 credit hours earned at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and must be involved in extracurricular activities. The student also must have the endorsement of the dean of the college from which he/she receives a degree.

This summer’s recipients are Russell Layne Townsend, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering; Evaristo A. Rivera, College of Arts and Sciences; Samantha Leigh Karnei, College of Education; and Guadalupe M. McWilliams, Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio.

Townsend is from Harper and he received a degree in industrial technology. He is a member of Epsilon Pi Tau and a nominee of Phi Theta Kappa. Townsend was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s List and Dean’s List. He completed his degree with a grade point average of 3.5.

Rivera of Rio Hondo received a degree in criminology. He also was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second Lieutenant. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate and was an Army ROTC-Cadet Company Commander and Battalion Executive Officer. Rivera is a recipient of the university’s Presidential Silver Scholarship. He was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s List. He graduated with a 3.92 grade point average.

Karnei received a degree in kinesiology and is from Goliad. She is a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa fraternity and was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She has been on the university’s President’s List and Dean’s List and the National Dean’s List. Karnei was named Student of the Year by the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and Kinesiology Major of the Year by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education. She graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

McWilliams, from San Antonio, received a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She has been on the President’s Part-Time Honors List, the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. She graduated with a 3.84 grade point average.


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