DATE:  August 1 , 2005
CONTACT:  Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, (361) 825-2427; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336       

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Professor to Deliver Commencement Address at Summer 2005 Graduation

Dr. Diana Ivy, a professor of Communications in the University’s College of Arts and Humanities, will deliver the keynote address at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Summer 2005 Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the American Bank Center Arena.

Approximately 393 students from the University’s five colleges have applied for graduation this summer. A&M-Corpus Christi conducts three ceremonies each year, in December, May and August. Ivy, a member of the University faculty since 1994, is the first professor to be chosen for the honor under a new tradition established last spring by A&M-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew where outstanding students, faculty and members of the community will deliver the keynote address on a rotating basis.

Ivy, who specializes in interpersonal, nonverbal and gender communication, teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in those areas as well as public speaking and communication theory. From 1997 to 2001 she also served as director of the University’s Women’s Center.

In addition to introductory textbooks and text on gender communication, Ivy has been published extensively in professional journals and has served on numerous conference panels dealing with gender communications as well as general communication issues. Among the numerous other awards she has received, in 2002, she was named the “Outstanding Gender Scholar of the Year” by the Southern States Communication Association.

The graduation ceremony will be broadcast live by KXPX Channel 14 and aired simultaneously on Grande Communications, Channel 19; Time Warner Cable, Channel 19; Charter Cable, Channel 14; Cable One, Channel 10; and CMA Kingsville, Channel 51.  

For more information call (361) 825-2335.