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More than 1,100 Students Graduate During Two Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies

May 13, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s five colleges walked the stage during two spring 2017 commencement ceremonies today, Saturday, May 13. This was the first commencement ceremony for Dr. Kelly Quintanilla in her new role as Interim President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“Thank you for all the honor and prestige you have brought to A&M-Corpus Christi as students,” Quintanilla told the graduates. “Thank you for all the honor and prestige I know you will bring as successful professionals and community leaders. You set a goal, and have achieved that goal – an achievement, an educational level, very few in this world have obtained. Each of you has proven you are a leader. And you are the future, the future of this university, this state, this nation and this world. No matter where life may take you, no matter what level of success you achieve, never forget, you are an Islander forever.”

The commencement speaker was Dr. Mark Escamilla, President of Del Mar College, who spoke about the personal strength that is developed in graduates over their time in a university.

The Islander Alumni Association made arrangements with the city of Corpus Christi to light the Harbor Bridge in Islander colors from Sunday, May 7, through Saturday, May 13 in honor of commencement.

To watch a playback of the commencement ceremonies on YouTube, click here.

The 1,105 graduates included:

Frank Garcia Jr.: Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Frank Garcia Jr. is no stranger to the stage. Garcia has acted as a student emcee at many key University and presidential-level events and has received multiple awards during his time as an Islander student, including being named the School of Arts Media and Communication 2016 Outstanding Theatre Student. He was previously president of the Student Foundation Association where he worked to spread philanthropy and the importance of giving back to the University. During the summer of 2016, he was selected to work for the Missoula Children’s Theatre where he traveled to eight different cities across the country teaching grade school children to act out full-length musicals in one-week’s time. To read more about Garcia, click here.

Gypsie Alvarado: A Corpus Christi native with an incredible work ethic and unique bravery, Gypsie Alvarado graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Alvarado took advantage of everything the University had to offer. She was a founding member and president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She also worked as an Islander Success Advocate in the Center for Academic Student Achievement where she helped new students with their transition into college life. She was named the second-runner up at the 2017 Student Employee of the Year awards ceremony due to her hard working nature and leadership abilities. Alvarado has also made strides in her studies. Her capstone project, Aquabat, which she worked on with four other engineering students, was used to conduct research on water quality samples. To read more about Alvarado, click here.