Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules spring commencement May 13

Steinke Physical Education Center - 04/20/16 - 05/13/16

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

More than 1,200 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during three commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, May 13.

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 Colleges of Business Administration and Education and Human Performance. The graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences will make up the 1 p.m. ceremony. All candidates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will graduate at 4 p.m. 

There will be two commencement speakers. LTG (Ret.) Ricardo Sanchez, will speak at the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies. Mizanul Chowdhury, System Administrator and Architect at MIT, will speak at the 4 p.m. ceremony.

One ROTC cadet will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Javier Palacio Jr., will be commissioned at the 4 p.m. ceremony.

Carson Alsop, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Frank Franklin, vice 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.

Billy C. Hamilton, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, will bring greetings from The Texas A&M University System 

About LTG (R) Ricardo Sanchez (10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Retired Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez has recently accepted an appointment to chair the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees, a role he will officially assume in August. 

Sanchez was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor in the Regular Army in 1973 while receiving his degree in mathematics and history from Texas A&I. He served in many positions within the armed forces until his retirement in 2006. He was the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Army upon his retirement. 

In 2003, Sanchez was selected by the Javelina Alumni Association as one of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Distinguished Alumni. 

The general’s awards and badges include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with two service stars, the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, the Liberation of Kuwait Medals (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), the NATO medal and the Master Parachutist Badge. 

Sanchez also has a master’s degree in operations research and systems analysis engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. 

About Mizanul Chowdhury(4 p.m. Commencement Speaker)

Mizanul Chowdhury obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and master’s degree in natural gas engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

Since then, he has preserved the spirit and mission of Texas A&M-Kingsville by translating his experiences at the university and applying them to cross-disciplinary initiatives that have led him to work as a system administrator and architect at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  His role requires him to be the “brains” behind the operation of the Zero Robotics project, a NASA-funded international competition programming robotics aerospace with joint collaboration of MIT Space System Laboratory and International Space Station. 

Chowdhury also is specialized in the security of Internet of Things (IoT) and he works as a security consultant for several companies. He holds two U.S. patents for REST- OpenID -Authorization solution and for Molded-In-Place Polyethylene gas pipeline valve. Chowdhury also enjoys endeavors such as art and music.  

In 1984, Chowdhury received a gold medal for his extracurricular activities from Vice Chancellor of BUET. One of his paintings was presented to George H. W. Bush in 1989 by the president of People's Republic of Bangladesh. Chowdhury also received several awards for outstanding vocal performances. 

About Billy C. Hamilton

Billy C. Hamilton is Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of The Texas A&M University System, where he is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of the System’s operations, plans, goals, programs, policies and services. He has direct oversight for all A&M departments, including the vice chancellors, Chief Business Development Officer and chief financial officers. 

Prior to his current position, Hamilton was a consultant in tax, fiscal policy and related issues, during which he worked with a wide range of public and private clients. He continues to write a regular column on state tax issues for the national publication State Tax Notes

He was appointed Chief Deputy Comptroller of Public Accounts of Texas in 1999 by Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a position he held until January 2007. Previously, he served as Deputy Comptroller for seven years. Hamilton served on special assignment as Co-Executive Director of the California Performance Review for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This review produced a 2,500 page assessment of California government that was released in July 2004. 

He is past president of the national Federation of Tax Administrators and the National Tax Association. He has served on the board of directors of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Multistate Tax Commission and the National Tax Association. Hamilton was the first recipient of the Bob Bullock Award for Public Stewardship and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. 

Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He was recognized as the first recipient of the LBJ School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.