Posted: 12/02/21

TAMIU Fall Commencement Exercises feature Dr. Norma E. Cantú


Dr. Norma Elia Cantú  

Over 1,020 Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Fall candidates for graduation crossed the stage in two ceremonies scheduled at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at the Sames Auto Arena.

The 11 a.m. ceremony was for undergraduate and graduate candidates for degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest.  The 4 p.m. ceremony was for undergraduate and graduate candidates for degrees from the University’s other Colleges or Schools, including the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and University College. Both ceremonies included candidates  for graduation from the Fall semester and Summer graduates.

Dr. Norma Elia Cantú, the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, was Commencement speaker.  A TAMIU alum and former long-time faculty member at the University, she serves as the President of the American Folklore Society, and is Professor Emerita in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

As founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, she organized El Mundo Zurdo, a gathering of Anzalduístas from 2007-2019. She is a folklorist, scholar, poet, and novelist whose scholarly and creative focus is on the US-México borderlands.

Her most recent publications include the novel, Cabañuelas; Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor and the co-edited anthologies Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art; meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction; Teaching Gloria Anzaldúa: Pedagogies for our Classrooms and Communities, and the Critical Edition of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

For more on Commencement Exercises, visit the University’s dedicated Commencement website.

Candidates for graduation are also encouraged to visit campus for graduation photos.  A Campus Photo Spots Map can help graduates find ideal locations. 

To read TAMIU’s 2021 Annual Report or access a downloadable PDF file, go to: https://www.tamiu.edu/annualreport/


To preview the Spring Semester at TAMIU, visit: https://go.tamiu.edu/springpreview

Spring Semester face to face classes begin Monday, Jan. 24. Late Registration continues through Jan. 28, 2022.  To learn more about TAMIU’s Registration processes, visit the dedicated Registration Hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration.