It's been a long hot summer, but it is over for 204 graduates who marched across the stage Aug. 1 at the Steinke Physical Education Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville to receive their degrees.
There were 116 bachelor's degrees and 85 master's degrees given. Three graduates received doctoral degrees.
The majority of the members of the summer class of 2009 were from Texas with 173 from the Lone Star State. Five were from other states and 26 were from other countries when they entered the university. The most frequent county of origin was Kleberg with 32 graduates, followed by Nueces with 26, Jim Wells with 16, Bexar with 15 and Hidalgo with 14. The class was 50 percent female. Fifty-three percent of the graduating students were minorities.
Of the bachelor's graduates, more than 64 percent entered the university as first-time freshmen while the remaining graduates were transfer students. The average age of those receiving bachelor's degrees was 26. The average age of a master's graduate was 30 and the average of the doctoral students was 33. The oldest graduate was 72 and the youngest was 20.
The College of Arts and Sciences led the way granting 56 degrees from all levels. It was followed by the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering with 46 and the College of Education with 45. Rounding out the list, the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences had 39 graduates, the College of Business Administration had 15 graduates and University College had three.
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Frank B. Ashley III, vice chancellor for academic affairs for The Texas A&M University System. He has been vice chancellor for academic affairs for the System since 2007.
In this position, Ashley coordinates performance-based funding, oversees research administration, leads efforts to expand enrollment of community college transfer students to System universities and leads development of comprehensive distance education initiatives.
Local TAMUK Summer 2009 graduates are as follows:
Sandra Herrera, Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences;
Megan Marie Smith Austin, Master of Science;
Angela Marie Cruz, cum laude, Bachelor of Science;
Joe Nathan Jimenez, Bachelor of Science;
Anthony Leal, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Business Administration;
Priscilla A. Meadows, Bachelor of Arts;
Joshua Bryan Mittag, Masters of Science in Industrial Management;
Kimberly Ray, Bachelor of Arts;
James D. Brown Jr., Bachelor of Business Administration;
Louis Adrian Garza, Master of Science;
Yamira Gonzalez-Mendiola, Bachelor of Arts;
Matthew Perry Kiddy, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology;
Thomas Ray Lentz, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering;
Anna Shae Lund, Master of Science;
Joshua Melendez, Master of Science;
Joshua W. Morin, summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science;
Jorge Orlando Padilla, Master of Art;
Kathryn Elizabeth Pike, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture;
Michael Wayne Potter, Master of Science;
Michelle Lee Skrobarczyk, Master of Science;
Melinda Gloria Trevino, Master of Science;
Priscilla Vega, Master of Music;
Omar Isaac Almaguer, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology;
Juan Peralta Mora, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering;
Bridget Evelyn Flores, cum laude, Bachelor of Science;
Lauren Adele Ruckstuhl, Bachelor of Business Administration.