More than 580 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. 13.
At the 1 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, the College of Business Administration and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will receive their degrees. At the 4 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Performance will cross the stage.
Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees will be recognized within their academic colleges.
During the commencement ceremony, Chelsea Nkrumah, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Rene Aguilar, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will present a university ring to one deserving graduate.
Lt. Col. Richard P. Spainhour will represent the A&M-Kingsville ROTC and will commission one cadet. Andrew Norman Willias will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
The keynote speaker for both ceremonies will be State Representative Todd Hunter. Catherine A. Smock, chief auditor for The Texas A&M University System, will bring greetings.
Hunter was elected to his sixth term in the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. He was first elected to public office in 1988 and retired in 1997 to help raise his three young children with his wife, Alexis.
He moved back into public office in 2008 when he was elected as a Republican for District 32, representing Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County. For the 82nd Legislative Session, he serves as chairman of the Calendars Committee and is a member of the Redistricting, Corrections, General Investigating and Ethics and Human Services Committees. He continues to serve as chair of the Select Committee on Elections.
Hunter was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He has lived in Corpus Christi for more than 30 years and is senior partner of Hunter and Handel, P.C.
Smock is chief auditor for The Texas A&M University System. She was appointed by the Board of Regents and reports to the board with access to the chancellor. She oversees the internal audit activities for the A&M System and through the internal audit staff, provides all internal audit and investigative audit services to A&M System members.
Prior to joining the System in 1999, she was audit manager and assistant state auditor for the Texas State Auditor’s Office and internal auditor for Sears Roebuck and Company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with highest honors from Texas
A&M University and attended the Governor’s Executive Development Program, Class XII, LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has been a certified public accountant in the state of Texas since 1984.