DATE:  May 8, 2006       
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Graduating Student to Deliver Commencement Address at A&M-Corpus Christi 2006 Spring Commencement

Senior biology major Renee DeLaTorre will continue a new University tradition when she delivers the keynote address at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2006 Spring Commencement at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 in the American Bank Center Arena.

When Dr. Flavius Killebrew became University president in January 2004 he established a policy of inviting faculty, community leaders and graduating students to deliver the keynote address on a rotating basis. DeLaTorre, who will graduate Summa Cum Laude, will speak of the role of education in the 21st century titled “The Degree Is In the Mind.”

DeLaTorre is the second Flour Bluff High School graduate to be chosen to deliver the address. In May 2005, Autumn Exelbert was selected as the first speaker under the newly-established convention. DeLaTorre was nominated for the honor by the Student Government Association. A committee reviewed the nominees and the list of finalists was submitted to President Flavius Killebrew, who interviewed them and made his selection.

DeLaTorre will attend the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio next fall where she will study medicine. While at A&M-Corpus Christi she was awarded the University Honors Scholarship and a scholarship from the South Texas Academic Rising Scholar program. Her campus memberships include the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Honor Society, Pre-Professional Society (2002-2003) and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. She was also a student representative on the A&M-Corpus Christi Momentum 2015 Committee.

In all, approximately 715 students are expected to graduate from University’s five colleges. The University holds commencement in December, May and August.

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.
Those attending the commencement are encouraged to arrive at the American Bank Center Arena early as other simultaneous events will create a heavy demand for parking. Paid Parking is available in the Lot 1 (garage) and Lot 5 for $3. Lots 2, 3, 4 and 6 are reserved for the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship Tournament. Lots 7 and 10 and all remaining parking areas are free.