It's been a long hot summer, but it is over for 200 graduates who marched across the stage at the Steinke Physical Education Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville Aug. 6, to receive their degrees.

There were 110 bachelor's degrees and 96 master's degrees given.

Four graduates received doctoral degrees.

Four of the graduates were full-time university employees, two each receiving bachelor's and master's degrees.

The majority of the members of the summer class of 2010 were from Texas with 154 from the Lone Star State.

Eight were from other states and 47 were from other countries when they entered the university.

The most frequent county of origin was Kleberg with 26 graduates, followed by Nueces with 19, Hidalgo with 17, Jim Wells with 15 and Cameron with 10.

The class was 47 percent female.

Fifty-six percent of the graduating students were minorities.

Of the bachelor's graduates, more than 48 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 29 and the average of the doctoral students was 46.

The oldest graduate was 61 and the youngest was 20.

The College of Arts and Sciences led the way granting 86 degrees from all levels.

It was followed by the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering with 52 and the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences with 34. They were followed by the College of Education with 25 graduates, the College of Business Administration had 10 graduates and University College had two.

This year's keynote speaker was Mark Scott, Corpus Christi Council Member and president of San Jacinto Title Services in the Coastal Bend Region.

He is alumnus of Texas A&I University, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. Scott also earned his master's degree in business administration from Corpus Christi State University. He is serving his fifth term on the Corpus Christi City Council, previously serving district four.

Scott has served as chair of the city's administrative committee, as president of the Corpus Christi Housing Finance Corporation and is a member of several committees of the Texas Municipal League, the National League of Cities and the Coastal Bend Council of Governments.

He was board secretary for Tex21, a statewide transportation coalition and a board member for the Alliance for Interstate 69 Texas and the Coastal Bend Regional Water Planning Group.

The following students Nueces County students were among the graduates:


Nicholas Casillas; Bachelor of Arts

Michelle Lee Duffy; Master of Science

Christopher Sloan Roy; Master of Arts

Corpus Christi

Joseph Richard Barrera; Master of Science

Samantha Roxxanne Bisch Barrera; Master of Science

David Michael Burnett; Master of Music

Jennifer Amanda Canales; Bachelor of Science, cum laude

Donnie Eugene Clarke Jr.; Bachelor of Science

Amber D. Garcia; Bachelor of Business Administration

Monica Landa Garcia; Bachelor of Business Administration

Rodolfo Anthony Garcia; Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude

Roxanne Marie Gutierrez; Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Alyssa Renee Tello; Bachelor of Science, cum laude


Marco Adrian Aleman; Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Lina Michelle Lara; Master of Science

Juan Albert Luna Jr.; Bachelor of Science

Daniel Padilla Jr.; Bachelor of Arts