Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Five Honored as Distinguished Students During Winter Commencement

KINGSVILLE - January 12, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590


Five graduates at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s winter 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 winter’s recipients are David D. Harwell, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering; Vanessa Amy Garza, College of Education; Kimberly Margaret Rodriguez, College of Arts and Sciences; Brenda Fabiola Hernandez, College of Business Administration; and Courtney Rigamonti, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.

Harwell, of Kingsville, received a degree in industrial technology.  He was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He is a member of Alpha Chi and Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Societies and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Society of Physics Students. He completed his degree with a 4.0 grade point average.

Garza, also of Kingsville, received her degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success and has been on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Garza also is a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, Student Council of Special Education, Council of Teachers and Mathematics Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Baptist Student Ministries. She is a recipient of the Mano a Mano Scholarship, STARS Scholarship, Coastal Bend Community Foundation Critical Math Teacher Scholarship, Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship and the Texas A&M-Kingsville Gold Scholarship. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.

Rodriguez, of Donna, received a degree in psychology and sociology. She is a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar and a member of PEP Talk. She has been on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Rodriguez was the recipient of the Presidential Blue Scholarship, Sallie Mae-First in My Family Scholarship, Sam Walton Community Scholarship and Early High School Graduation Scholarship and is a STARS Scholar. She graduated with a 3.82 grade point average.

Hernandez, of Orange Grove, earned a degree in accounting. She was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and is a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. She is a member of Rotaract Club, Institute of Management Accountants and Accounting Society. Hernandez received the Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship, Nelda Garcia Scholarship, Verizon Foundation Scholarship, Texas AgFinance/Farm Credit Bank of Texas Scholarship and LULAC National Scholarship Fund Award. Her grade point average was 3.77.

Rigamonti, of Victoria, earned a degree in animal science. She was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and ATA Agriculture Honor Society. Rigamonti has been on the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll. She is a four-year member of the Javelina softball team and was a member of the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team and on the South Division Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She graduated with a 3.67 grade point average.

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