Around Javelina Nation December 1, 2017-December 8, 2017

South Texas woke up to a wintry surprise on Friday morning! What's the best thing to do to relax before and after finals? Have a snowball fight, of course!

Porky spread some holiday cheer on Wednesday morning and took a few photos with staff, faculty and students.

Happy Holidays!

More than 800 graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during two commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, Dec. 15.

At the 10 a.m. ceremony, graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance will receive their degrees.

At the 1 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will cross the stage.

Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees will be recognized within their academic colleges.

During the commencement ceremonies, Kaley Dodd, Student Government Association president, will present the Distinguished Student Awards. Rick Garza, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, will bring a welcome.

During the 1 p.m. ceremony, LTC Victor Diaz, professor of military science, will commission two students as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. Commissionees include Chance Hernandez and Kimberly McRae.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel Trevino Jr., superintendent of the Mercedes Independent School District. More information about winter commencement can be found here:


Dr. Natalya Delcoure, dean of the College of Business Administration, recently spoke with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to explain the importance of an AACSB Accreditation, and what this means for Javelina Nation. Read more about it below.

Holiday Carols:

In Thursday, December 7, faculty, staff and students were treated to festive tunes by carolers from the music department.

Meet Morgan:

At quick glance, Morgan Glynn Pope, 25, seems like a typical college student. Smart, driven and excited to be graduating this fall. However, those aren’t the only tools Pope carries in her arsenal. Her field bag full of tools and research is often beside her. The San Antonio native is set to graduate this fall with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, further proving that women can get their hands dirty as much as the boys can. Read more about Morgan's journey below.

December 8-14: Final Exams

December 15: Commencement

December 18: Final grades for Fall 2017 semester due by noon

December 18: First class day of Winter Intersession 2017

Student Health and Wellness painted a wooden sign with a very important message.

Class Rings:

Graduating students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville who purchased an official school ring received them during one of two special ceremonies held Sunday, Nov. 12

Graduates and alumni are able to purchase an official Texas A&M-Kingsville ring. The ring’s symbols reflect the university’s history and traditions.

The symbols include the school’s mascot, the javelina, because of its tenacity; mesquite and cactus, because they personify the students’ ability to survive and prosper; palm trees, because they are found all over campus; the Lone Star, because it symbolizes the state of Texas; and the College Hall clock tower, because it is the most recognized landmark on campus.

Winning Sculpture:

Fulden Sara Wissinger, assistant professor of art at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently attended the Texas Association of Schools of Art (TASA) conference as a representative of the university. While there, one of her sculptures, Cappadocia, received second place in the 2017 One Foot Show, a National Invitational Juried show.

Holiday Night Tour:

On Monday, December 18, and Tuesday, December 19, experience our illuminated campus with Javelina Holiday Tour! University staff and Javelina Ambassadors will be available throughout the tour to answer any questions you have pertaining to admissions, the university or the festive lights. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available! Register here:

Does your organization have an event coming up that you think would make for a great Snapchat takeover? Contact shelby.purdy@tamuk.edu or naissa.lopez@tamuk.edu for more information!

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