It was the end of the college era, but the beginning of a new career and a bright future as 477 students received degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville during two spring commencement ceremonies held May 21.

The keynote speaker was District 35 State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles. District 35 covers Atascosa, Bee, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and McMullen Counties.

There were 346 bachelor's degrees and 126 master's degrees given. Eight graduates received doctoral degrees. Three students received two degrees each.

The majority of the members of the spring class of 2010 were from Texas with 378 from the Lone Star State. Thirteen were from other states and 86 were from other countries when they entered the university. The most frequent county of origin was Nueces with 71 graduates, followed by Kleberg with 65, Cameron and Hidalgo with 31 and Jim Wells with 24. The class was 51 percent male and 49 percent female. Fifty-eight percent of the graduating students were minorities.

Of the bachelor's graduates, more than 54 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 25. The average age of a master's graduate was 27 and the average of the doctoral students was 42. The oldest graduate was 60 and the youngest was 20.

Five of the graduates were university employees earning one bachelor's and four master's degrees.

A list of local graduates is as follows:

Banquete

Melinda Ann Limon, Bachelor of Science, cum laude

Bishop

Catherine Ann West Borden, Master of Education;

Robert Jeremy Carter, Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude;

Ernest Duane Colin Jr., Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering;

Patricia Ann Norman, Bachelor of Science, cum laude;

San Juanita Puente, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering;

Juan Rolando Saldana, Master of Science;

Manuel Salinas III, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology;

Gloria H. Segovia, Bachelor of Arts;

Kelly Lynnae Tijerina, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude;

Morgan Lynne Tilburg, Bachelor of Science;

William R. Villarreal, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Driscoll

Donald Bradley McNair, Bachelor of Arts;

Andrew G. Rios, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology;

Bruce E. Schubert Jr., Bachelor of Science

Robstown

Kristina Renee Aleman, Bachelor of Social Work, cum laude;

Alberto Alvarado Jr., Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering;

Juana Maria Bueno, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude;

Lacey L. Burkhart, Bachelor of Science, cum laude;

Leroy R. Espinoza, Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences;

Adrian Olivo Flores, Bachelor of Science;

Esther Alejandra Gonzalez, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering;

Viola Gutierrez, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences;

Logan Rae Louderman, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude;

Joshua Andrew Middleton, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering;

Marissa Ramirez, Bachelor of Science.