Posted: 12/06/22

TAMIU Celebrates 1,166 Candidates for Graduation in Fall Commencement Ceremonies


Regent Hernandez
Miguel A. "Mike Hernandez, III, Texas A&M University System Regent  

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will recognize its historically largest number of candidates for graduation with Fall Commencement Ceremonies scheduled Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022 at the Sames Auto Arena. 

Some 1,166 candidates for graduation are scheduled to participate in two ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. The 11 a.m. ceremony will feature undergraduate and graduate candidates for degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and University College.  The 4 p.m. ceremony will feature candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees from the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said that recognizing the University’s largest graduating class is an historic honor.

“Graduation is of course a culmination of the students’ degree journey, but this Class, like the previous class, has endured the challenge of the Pandemic…and persevered.  While we take great pride in being accessible and affordable…this is when we affirm that TAMIU students are quite exceptional.  I’m deeply honored to see each and every one cross the stage and step into a brightened future,” Dr. Arenaz said.

Providing the Commencement Address for candidates for graduation is Texas A&M University System Regent of the Board, Miguel A. “Mike” Hernández of Fort Worth.  Hernández is owner and CEO of D&M Leasing, and owner and dealer principal of Four Stars Ford, Four Stars Chevrolet Buick, Four Stars Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, and Four Stars Toyota.

He was appointed as a member of the Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott in 2019. He serves as chair of the Committee on Audit and as a member of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs. He also serves as a liaison to The Association of Former Students and serves on the Board for Lease of University Lands. His term expires February 1, 2025.

He is a member of the Advisory Committee to Chancellor Sharp for the McAllen Campus of Texas A&M University and the Advisory Committee to Lt. Governor Patrick on workforce training. Hernández is a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. He is founder and president of the Hernández Foundation and a member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Hernández has served on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Fort Worth, The Family Shelter of Arlington, and the River Legacy Foundation of Arlington. He also founded the Brownsville Scholars Program. 

Student responses will be provided by Alejandro Xavier Alaniz, representing the College of Arts and Sciences at the first ceremony, and Alicia Marie García, for the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, at the second ceremony.

Distinguished Student Scholars and their respective Colleges or Schools will be:

College of Education: Kassandra Smith.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Mary Joy Patricio.

University College: Marijose Soto.

Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed at two dedicated links online:

First Ceremony at 11 a.m.:  https://go.tamiu.edu/grad22-11am

Second Ceremony at 4 p.m.: https://go.tamiu.edu/grad22-4pm

The Fall 2022 Commencement Program is available online at go.tamiu.edu/beyond. 

Graduates, friends, families, and loved ones can also share their Commencement photos on social media using the hashtag, #TAMIUGrad, or tagging the University’s social media account @txamiu. Prior to and during the Commencement ceremonies, University-affiliated social media accounts will showcase social media posts and photos using the official hashtag.

In addition, graduates and their families can also share a special message and photo as part of the University’s popular ‘Congrats Grads’ campaign. Individuals submit their photos and messages at go.tamiu.edu/CongratsGrads. It is recommended that graduates and friends follow and like social media accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/txamiu), Twitter (www.twitter.com/txamiu) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/txamiu) to view featured congratulatory Commencement posts. 

Registration for Wintermester and Spring 2023 classes at TAMIU is underway online via UConnect. To learn more about TAMIU’s Registration processes, visit the dedicated Registration Hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration. 

More on the University’s story is available at tamiu.edu and on the University’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.