More than 400 prospective graduates are ready to cross the stage Saturday during two summer commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Steinke Physical Education Center.
Students graduating at the 3 p.m. ceremony will be from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, the Frank Dotterweich College of Engineering, the College of Business Administration and University College. The colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education will issue degrees at the 6 p.m. ceremony. Among the prospective graduates, 204 are bachelor's candidates and 207 are scheduled to receive master's degrees. There are seven doctoral candidates.
This year's keynote speaker is Tara Rios Ybarra, incoming state Representative for District 43. Gabriel Geyne, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards.
Alvaro Hinojosa, Javelina Alumni Association president, will present the official university ring to one graduate, who is selected based on leadership, campus and community service and honors and awards.
Representing The Texas A&M University System will be Dr. Brett Giroir, vice chancellor for research.
Five graduating students will be commissioned into the U.S. Army after completing the university's ROTC program. They include Roberto Carlos Almanza of Brownsville; Alon Leon Conley of Harlingen; Arianna Longoria of Brownsville; and Evaristo Angeles Rivera and Monica I. Marino Rivera, both of Rio Hondo.
Evaristo Rivera will be commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
The Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center San Antonio will hold its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at South San High School, 2515 Navajo St., in San Antonio.
Ybarra is the next state representative for Texas District 43.
The winner of the Democratic primary election, she is running unopposed in the November general election. She currently lives in South Padre Island, but was born in Corpus Christi. Her father and grandfather were born in Kingsville.
She attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with a doctorate in dental surgery.