Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to Address December TAMIU Graduates

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst will provide the commencement address for Texas A&M International University's Fall Commencement Exercises on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. on the Killam Library Plaza.

Over 290 students are candidates for undergraduate or graduate degrees to be awarded by the University's three colleges and represent the largest graduating class in the University's history.

Dewhurst, a native Texan, is a veteran, a successful businessman and a rancher. As Lt. Governor, he presides over the Texas Senate, where he is responsible for making Senate Committee assignments and influencing which bills will come to the Senate floor. In the event that the Governor leaves the State or is unable to serve, the Lt. Governor assumes his role.

His priorities as Lt. Governor include balancing the State budget, insurance reform, public education, increasing the safety of roads and highways and improving the quality of life for all Texans.

Before being elected Lt. Governor, Dewhurst was Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. He also served as chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security, where he helped to develop recommendations to make Texas a safer state.

An early developer of the electric co-generation industry, Dewhurst earned a reputation as an innovative and successful businessman. He has been a long- time community leader in his hometown of Houston, where he served on civic and charitable boards. He also breeds and raises purebred cattle and is an active team roper.

Marshalls for the ceremony are Dr. Cecily Cornelius-White and Dr. Ramon Alaniz. Faculty banner carriers are Dr. Tom Vaughan, Richard Anderson, Todd Farmer and Rose Saldivar.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 326.2250, or visit offices in Killam Library 168.

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