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Texas A&M University at Galveston
Commencement Ceremonies
News Release
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Texas A&M University at Galveston touts new president, record number of graduates and first marine biology master’s degree graduates at this year’s commencement ceremony


Galveston, Texas — Texas A&M University at Galveston will hold its spring commencement ceremony from 9 to 11 am on May 14 (Saturday) at the Galveston Island Convention Center. The center is located at 5600 Seawall Boulevard.

Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, the new President of Texas A&M University at Galveston, will be presiding over the ceremony. With unique blend of leadership skills, unwavering commitment to public service and an outstanding record of service to our state and nation, this will be Admiral Smith’s first opportunity to lead the class of 2011 in the time-honored tradition of TAMUG commencement.

"The diplomas our graduates will receive certify that they have met the very high standards of Texas A&M University," said President Smith. "As an Aggie of ’61, I encourage the class of 2011 to carry the Aggie spirit of strong work ethic, scholarly excellence and service commitment into the marketplace, the research laboratory and their community."


With a record-breaking number of students graduating —168— the ceremony promises to be a watershed moment for the Galveston campus. Growth in student population continues to increase to meet the demands of a workforce for ocean-oriented careers that will help stimulate the economy of Texas, the nation and the world.

As the student population expands, so do TAMUGs academic offerings. During this commencement ceremony, the first master’s degree graduates in marine biology will receive their degrees. They are: Michael Thomas Bell and Samuel Dorado.

Recognized nationally for academic excellence, TAMUG academic programs are accredited regionally and professionally. TAMUG provides ocean-oriented, four-year courses and graduate programs with excellence in business, oceanographic and physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering and transportation, administration and/or liberal arts. Degrees are awarded from Texas A&M University.

TAMUG offers one of seven maritime academies in the United States. The Texas A&M Maritime Academy provides opportunities for graduates to operate and maintain ocean-going vessels, which can lead to careers in the U.S Merchant Marine. The NRTOC Program provides opportunities for a commission in the Navy, while attending TAMUG.

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