Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules spring commencement May 10

Steinke Physical Education Center - 05/10/13 - 05/10/13

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

More than 850 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during four commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, May 10.

Graduating at the 10 a.m. ceremony will be all degree candidates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and the College of Business Administration, as well as the master’s degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences. The baccalaureate candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences will make up the 1 p.m. ceremony. Crossing the stage at 4 p.m. will be candidates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. The College of Education and Human Performance candidates graduate at 7 p.m. 

There will be three commencement speakers. Dr. Kathleen Rees, Regents Professor and chair of human sciences, will speak at the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies. The Honorable Filemon Vela, United States Congressman serving the 34th District of Texas, will speak at 4 p.m. Dr. Arturo Almendarez, superintendent of the Calallen Independent School District and recently named Distinguished Alumnus, will give the  keynote address at the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Four ROTC cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army. Wilmer H. Burkett IV, Genevieve N. Pena, Arturo Gonzalez and Luis E. Zaragosa will be honored during the 1 p.m. ceremony.

Chelsea Nkrumah, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Oscar Flores, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will present the official university ring to one graduate, funded by the association. Selection from the applicants is based on leadership, campus and community service, letter of recommendation, challenges while in school and honors and awards. 

About Dr. Kathleen Rees (10 a.m., 1 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Dr. Kathleen Rees is the university’s latest recipient of the Regents Professor designation from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Rees is professor and chair of human sciences in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. Rees has been at Texas A&M-Kingsville as a faculty member since 2005 and was named department chair in 2007. It was a return home for Rees, who earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics summa cum laude from Texas A&I University and was an instructor and assistant professor of home economics. She went on to earn her master’s degree in home economics from Auburn University and her doctorate in human ecology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville in retail and consumer sciences. 

About Honorable Filemon Vela, U.S. Congressman (4 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Filemon Vela is a United States Congressman serving the 34th District of Texas. He was born in Harlingen and raised in Brownsville. He graduated from Georgetown University and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas Law School. Vela has practiced law for over 20 years, working with countless individuals within the court system.  He has been involved in public service and advocacy his entire life. The Vela family history is deeply entrenched in public service. His father, the late Honorable Filemon B. Vela, served as a United States District Justice for over 20 years in the Brownsville Division of the Southern District of Texas and his mother, Blanca Vela, was the first woman mayor of Brownsville. 

About Dr. Arturo Almendarez (7 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Dr. Arturo Almendarez is currently superintendent of the Calallen Independent School District.  He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the university in 2012. Almendarez is originally from Falfurrias and earned his Master of Science degree, supervisor’s and superintendent certificates from Texas A&I University. Almendarez has served as assistant principal at Falfurrias High School, principal at Odem High School and superintendent of the Odem-Edroy Independent School District prior to becoming superintendent in Calallen. He also has served as deputy commissioner for programs and instruction at the Texas Education Agency and assistant superintendent for instruction for the Corpus Christi Independent School District.


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