Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules spring commencement May 12-13

Steinke Physical Education Center - 04/24/17 - 05/13/17

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

More than 1,300 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 and Saturday, May 12-13.

Two ceremonies will be held Friday and two will be held Saturday. The graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and the College of Education and Human Performance will cross the stage at 10 a.m. Friday. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Arts and Sciences

The 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday will be for the College of Business Administration and the baccalaureate candidates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. The master’s and doctoral candidates from the College of Engineering will receive their degrees at 2 p.m. Saturday. 

There will be two commencement speakers, one on each day. The Honorable J. M. Lozano, representing district 43 in the Texas House of Representatives, will speak during Friday’s ceremonies. Dr. Kim Jones, Regents Professor, will speak at Saturday’s festivities.

Three ROTC cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army. Clarissa Noyola and Jacqueline Renee Ytuarte will be presented at the ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday. Stephany Rene Winters will be commissioned at the ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.

David Barrera, president of the Student Government Association, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.

Rick Garza, 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.

Dr. Jon Mogford, vice chancellor for research, will bring greetings from The Texas A&M University System 

About State Rep. J.M. Lozano (Friday’s Commencement Speaker)

J.M. Lozano represents District 43 in the State House of Representatives. His district includes Kleberg, Bee, Jim Wells and San Patricio Counties. He is currently serving his fourth term. 

He is chairman of the Higher Education Committee. Lozano also was appointed to the House Environmental Regulation committee, advocating for industry and jobs. He is a small business owner and understands the problems of overreaching government regulations. 

Lozano supports policies that create jobs, end lawsuit abuse and is an advocate for protecting the South Texas oil and gas industry. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas and a master’s degree from University of Incarnate Word. Lozano was raised in Premont, but now lives in Kingsville with his wife, Abby, and their three children, Penny, Pepito and Carlitos. 

About Dr. Kim Jones (Saturday’s Commencement Speaker)

Dr. Kim Jones is professor and director for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment in the department of environmental engineering at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He also was recently named the university’s 15th Regents Professor. 

Jones joined the faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor in the environmental engineering department in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. He was promoted to associate professor and served as department chair from 2004 to 2009 when he was promoted to professor. He continued as department chair until 2016. 

Jones is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point where he earned his bachelor’s degree in general engineering. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1974-1979, achieving the rank of captain.

In addition, Jones received a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Texas and master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

He received the Javelina Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award in 2013, the Professor of the Year for environmental engineering in 2012 and the Faculty Lecture Award in 2005. Jones also was the Stormont Lecturer, Victoria College Honoree in 2010. 

About Dr. Jon Mogford

Dr. Jon Mogford has been the Vice Chancellor for Research for The Texas A&M University System since 2013. As Vice Chancellor for Research, Mogford works in close collaboration with the System’s 11universities, seven state agencies, two service units and the health science center to facilitate the growth of research of all system members.

He came to The A&M System in 2011 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and a year later was named Chief Research Officer. Mogford previously worked as deputy director and program manager in the Defense Sciences Offices for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He was life sciences consultant for Strategic Analysis Inc. and a research associate and research assistant professor at Northwestern University. 

Mogford is an alumnus of The Texas A&M System. Mogford received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Texas A&M University and his doctorate in medical physiology from the Texas A&M Health Science Center. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Chicago.