Texas A&M-Kingsville schedules winter commencement Dec. 14

Steinke Physical Education Center - 12/06/18 - 12/14/18

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

KINGSVILLE (December 6, 2018) — Nearly 700 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, Dec. 14.


At the 10 a.m. ceremony, graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Science; the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance will receive their degrees.


At the 1 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will cross the stage.


The graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences will get their degrees. This ceremony will be the last commencement for University President Dr. Steven H. Tallant who is retiring at the end of the month.


Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees will be recognized within their academic colleges.


During the commencement ceremonies, Ruben A. Martinez Jr., Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Debbie Winslow, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will officially induct the new graduates into the Javelina Alumni Association.


There will be two keynote speakers. J. Phillip McCormick will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony and Romeo Perez will be the keynote at the 1 and 4 p.m. ceremonies.


 Charles W. Schwartz, chairman of the Board of Regent of The Texas A&M University System will bring greetings from The A&M System.


About J. Philip McCormick

J. Philip McCormick, CPA, is an experienced financial executive who practiced public accounting for 26 years, followed by seven years as a senior financial officer of three public companies and 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors of seven different companies, three public.


McCormick was a partner in KMG Main Hurdman and in KPMG, serving on the board of each firm. He was managing partner of Main Hurdman’s Southwest Region and led the committee that negotiated a merger with Peat Marwick Mitchell to form KPMG.


During his 54 years active in business, McCormick has been a director of numerous community and civic organizations in communities where he lived and worked. He holds two business degrees from Texas A&I University and was a regent of its governing body, The University System of South Texas. 


He has 30 years of service to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, including 19 years as Chairman. McCormick has served on two Dean Search Committees, one Presidential Search Committee, was President of the Alumni Association and was recognized in 1991 as a Distinguished Alumnus. Born in San Antonio, McCormick grew up in Kingsville and met his wife, JoAnn, on the campus of Texas A&I University. JoAnn also is a graduate and holds her bachelor’s degree from A&I in education.


About Romeo Perez

Romeo Perez is International Project Manager for ExxonMobil. He is a 1982 graduate of Texas A&I University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Originally from Premont, Perez currently resides with his wife, Thelma, in Cypress.


He has worked for ExxonMobil for more than 36 years and is a licensed professional engineer. He currently serves on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board of Trustees and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Advisory Board.


Perez also has served with numerous community and professional organizations such as the Houston Area United Way Young Leaders Council, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Petroleum Engineers and Tau Beta Pi.


He is one of the founding members of ExxonMobil’s Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos (GOAL) Chapter of Houston. Perez has been passionate leader and was even one of several stories featured in a book written by Edna Campos-Gravenhorst in conjunction with SHPE titled, Ay Mijo! Why do you want to be an Engineer? Proceeds from which go to raise funds for the SHPE Scholarship Program.


About Charles Schwartz

Charles Schwartz is a Partner, Houston Office Leader, and Head of Litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1977 and Harvard Law School with an LL.M. in 1980.


Schwartz is a member of the American Law Institute. He is a former director of the State Bar of Texas from 2000 to 2004 and served as its chairman from 2002 to 2003. He is a Life Benefactor Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and Houston Bar Foundation.


He received the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in 2004. He served as a member of the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline from 2008 to 2014. Schwartz has been recognized by numerous publications, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars, Best Lawyers in America and Texas Lawyer Go-To Guide.


He was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. He serves as chair of the Committee on Finance and as a member of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and Policy Review Committee. He also serves as special liaison to A&M System Research. His term expires February 1, 2019.