Javelina families come together every semester to honor the hard work and success for those graduating. The Spring Commencement ceremonies were held this past weekend, Friday May 12th and Saturday 13th, at the Steinke Physical Education Center for all Colleges at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The SPEC saw over 1,200 Javelinas graduate from Undergraduate and Graduate programs from both days.
The commencements began with the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences on Friday at 10 a.m., the College of Education and Human Performance on Friday at 2 p.m. The College of Business Administration and Engineering Baccalaureate Candidates on Saturday at 10 a.m., closing with the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Graduate Program on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Processional, accompanied by Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstances No.1 performed by Commencement Band led by Dr. Jason Kihle, kicked off the ceremonies followed by the National Anthem sung by the following vocal music majors on their respective days:
- Irma Reyes (Friday, 10 a.m.)
- Carissa Reyes (Friday, 2 p.m.)
- Oscar Lara (Saturday 10 a.m.)
- Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Saturday 2 p.m.)
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Heidi M. Anderson, gave the welcome to a number of friends and families of the graduating Javelinas that packed the SPEC on all occasions other than the final commencement for College of Engineering Graduate Program due to a majority of the graduating candidates being international students and thus their families unable to attend.
Guest speakers for the events were State Representative J.M. Lozano, who spoke about his history and love for the University, on Friday and Dr. Kim David Jones, Director for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at TAMUK. A full download of commencement program can be found here.