Freshmen learn traditions at Texas A&M-Kingsville convocation

Steinke Physical Education Center - 08/16/17 - 08/22/17

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

The faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will officially welcome the class of 2021 with Freshman Convocation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the Steinke Physical Education Center. Following the ceremony, there will be a mixer at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building.

 Freshman Convocation provides an opportunity for students attending college for the first time to learn about Javelina Nation and its traditions.

The keynote speaker for this year’s convocation is Jonathan Grant Brown, program manager for AVID for Higher Education and Marketing/Communications. 

About Jonathan Grant Brown

Brown is a former high school Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) student from Killeen Independent School District. He has dedicated himself to encouraging students to pursue a future by obtaining a college degree. As a product of the foster care system, Brown’s mission in life is to help open doors of opportunity for students and support them when society dictates that they should never go through them.

AVID is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago, today AVID impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 countries.

As an instructor for higher education, he believes in building and maintaining proper relationships with students will accelerate their learning while helping them to gain more of a responsibility for it.

Brown has the unique experience of being in the role of AVID student, tutor and more recently, one of the first AVID instructors in higher education.

While in college, Brown traveled throughout the country as a motivational speaker sharing his experiences as an AVID student. In 2009, he began working at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to develop an AVID First Year Seminar where students learned how to navigate college and grow their critical thinking skills.

As a teaching assistant in all eight freshman seminars, Brown used his experience as a former AVID student to share with students and instructors how to use the AVID strategies he implemented throughout his college experience.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in education from University of Texas of the Permian Basin.