TAMIU Sets Two Fall Commencement Exercises Dec. 13; Names Commencement Speaker

TAMIU Sets Two Commencement Ceremonies;
Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez to Address

Two Fall Commencement Exercises for Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will be held Saturday, Dec. 13.

Ricardo Sanchez
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez

With one of the largest graduating classes in TAMIU’s history, the ceremony will be divided—one ceremony in the morning at 10 a.m. for students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education, and a second taking place at 3 p.m. for the A. R. Sanchez School of Business and College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Both will take place outdoors on the University green. In the event of inclement weather, ceremonies will move into the Kinesiology and Convocation Building.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who commanded group troops in Iraq from 2003-2004, will provide the Commencement Address.

A native of Rio Grande City, Lt. Gen. Sanchez rose from humble beginnings to become the Army’s highest-ranking Hispanic officer.

A 1973 graduate of the former Texas A&I University in Kingsville (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Sanchez was named a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) and was in the top 10% of all ROTC cadets in the nation. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Regular Army.
Sanchez became a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division and was stationed at posts in the United States, Korea, Panama and Germany. By 1991, then Lieutenant Colonel Sanchez served as a battalion commander during Operation Desert Storm, leading his unit of the 197th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) to Basra without suffering any casualties.

After the Gulf War, Sanchez was promoted to Colonel and given command of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division. He then served on the staff of U.S. Southern Command, first as deputy chief of staff, then as director of operations.

A general in 2001, Sanchez became commander of V Corps' 1st Armored Division. He then assumed command of the entire corps in 2003 and also became commander of coalition ground forces in the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.

Since retirement, he has written “Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story,” that details his rise from an impoverished Texas childhood to highest-ranking Hispanic officer in the Army. The autobiography also offers his blunt and eye-opening assessment of the war in Iraq.

For additional information on Fall Commencement at TAMIU, call the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 326.2180, e-mail prmis@tamiu.edu, or click on tamiu.edu.

Fall 2008 late application deadline is Oct. 22, 2008 ($80 application fee).

A comprehensive micro Web site for University students specific to TAMIU 2008 Commencement is available at tamiu.edu/commencement

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