Congrats, Grads!

Congratulations TAMIU Class of 2020! This May, we invited friends and family members to share your note of congratulations to our graduating students through our University social media channels. Here’s a look at some of the congratulatory messages and photos we received. Be sure to follow TXAMIU on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


The President's Words

Members of the 50th Anniversary Class of 2020, this is a bittersweet time for all of us. Twice a year, we enjoy our favorite time of the year: Commencement Exercises. That’s when we brace for the last-minute arrangement of caps, tassels and gowns… and candidates for graduation await the reassuring pat on the back that signals each can take the Sames Auto Arena stage. Provost Mitchell and I always look forward to greeting each candidate and congratulating you on your achievements and success. Family and faculty watch with admiration.

We realize that much of your traditional collegiate experience has been lost during this COVID-19 pandemic. We share that loss, but know that your commitment to your degree completion stands as a shining beacon for your ability to surmount all challenges.

As members of our 50th Anniversary Class, I want you to know that we are proud of each and every one of you. Each of you is a living testament to TAMIU’s legacy and mission. We know that you have a bright future ahead of you. You will continue to Go Beyond and you WILL impact our community, region, state, nation and world.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Dr. Pablo Arenaz, President

TAMIU Faculty Congrats

As all of you know, the University’s conversion to the online Virtual Classroom came quickly. In short time our usual face-to face conversations were relegated to computer screens or phone calls. Our faculty were unable to share their pride at the accomplishments and commitment demonstrated by our Class of 2020 graduates. Many asked if they might share their thoughts with you in this series of brief videos. All send their best wishes for the brightest futures possible and hope you’ll stay in touch and let them know about your success!



"This message is for my boyfriend who completed his BSN! We are all so proud of you (including Myya, of course) and will properly celebrate once this is over! Dreams do come true. Don’t ever forget Venice! :)"

From: Rebeca Salazar

"Congratulations on this milestone. I hope you are feeling the same way I was 14 years ago when I received my degree in Management. A tough road lies ahead but it’s possible to overcome. Always do the best you can to the world. Cherish this moment for a lifetime."

From: Angel Abraham Perez (’06) 

"I want to congratulate my mommy for her achievement! Mommy, you did an amazing job! You’re my role model! Thank you for never giving up and for always putting your all into your work! I know it was stressful managing being a first-time mom and finishing school online, but you did it. I look up to you, mommy! I love you so much!"

From: Mia Elizabeth De La Torre

"Congratulations... wishing you all the best!!!"

From: Samantha Gutiérrez

"Congratulations... wishing you all the best!!!"

From: Silvia Valdez


From: Dennis Quiroz

Barbara Atilano

"Congratulations to my sister, Barbara Atilano! I am so proud of you! Thank you for being an example of perseverance in the midst of change and adversity. Your hard work has paid off! Class of 2020, there is nothing you can’t overcome!"

From: Carolina Atilano (’15)

"Welcome to alumnihood, Dustdevil! No matter the obstacles and challenges faced throughout the years and throughout the last couple of weeks, you prevailed. Your determination and resilience is admirable. The Class of 2020 will go down in TAMIU history as not just the class of the 50th Anniversary, but the class that, amid all the challenges and against all odds, made it. Congratulations, Dustdevil!"

From: Jackelyne Briseño (’15,’19)

Maria Gomez Ortiz & Moises Olvera

"Congratulations to our two student managers graduating this semester, Maria Gomez Ortiz and Moises Olvera! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and know that your futures will be bright!"
Your Event Services Family

From: Kristina Valenciano

Maria Gomez Ortiz

"Congratulations Maria Gomez Ortiz!!! I am so proud of all you have accomplished throughout your time here in Event Services. I know that you will do great in graduate school! May you never forget the wonderful times you had here with us. I wish you nothing but the best!"
Your Event Manager

From: Kristina Valenciano

"Congratulations, son. You made it. I love you. God bless you."

From: Cynthia Rocha

Jorge Jiménez Ovando

B.S. in Systems Engineering

"Doy gracias a Dios por la vida de mi hijo Jorge Jiménez Ovando, por concluir satisfactoriamente sus estudios universitarios. Muchas felicidades hijo, sigue adelante. Dios siga bendiciendo tu vida, te amamos."

From: Faviola Ovando

"La gracia y el favor de Dios es lo que deseamos para todos los días de tu vida, me gozo por tu triunfo amado hijo, Jorge Jiménez Ovando. Graduado en Sistems Engineering."

From: Jorge Jiménez

"Muchas felicidades hermano por este logro en tu vida. Dios te bendiga enormemente en todo lo que hagas. Te amo con todo mi corazón."

From: Daniela Jiménez

"Today is a milestone. It tells you how far you have come. Keep learning, keep trying, keep accomplishing, and keep venturing on through your journey."

From: Lorena Del Rocío Campos

Nathan Treviño

B.S. in Psychology

"Congratulations to my dear friend, Nathan Treviño! I am beyond proud of all your accomplishments. Hard work pays off. We graduated high school together and now we both have our Bachelor’s degree in Psychology! Congrats on being the first member of your family to graduate from university. Keep up the great work and ' Si, se puede!' Forever a Dustdevil!"

From: Aranza Hernández (’19)

"Kitty, I’m so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished! Te quiero mucho hermana! Lo hiciste este es sólo el comienzo de tu historia vamos por mas!"

From: Jessica Hernández

"Congratulations to the most beautiful graduate! 🎓 Every effort has a reward and yours has arrived. 🙏🏽 I love you!"

From: Damaris G. Poblano

"Muchas felicidades!!! Me siento muy orgullosa de todo lo que has logrado. Te quiero mucho. Sigue poniéndote metas."

From: Erika Mendiola

"You are an amazing, kind-heartened, hardworking individual! You deserve nothing but the best in life. You’ve learned to manage three jobs, your studies, and a social life which I think is crazy. Thank you for being my BIG 🕊as I love being your little! 💕 You are an amazing all-round person! You will be an extraordinary teacher and I’m proud of you! Congrats Grad 🎉"

From: Abigail Zuñiga

"Congratulations to my cousin, Abril!! You did it! We are so proud of you! May this be the beginning of a lifetime of fulfillment to you."
With love,
The Montes Family

From: Yanira Montes

Ileana Castillo

"We worked together and never talked, but then we had a class together and boom!!! I’m so glad I met such an amazing and happy person like you!! Congratulations! 🎓 You have finished another chapter! I wish you the best and hope you accomplish any future endeavors! We are finally graduating💕🎉"

From: Leslie Cárdenas

Miriam Tejeda

"Muchas felicidades. Que sigas cosechando triunfos y logrando tus metas.
Te admiro y te quiero."
Tu mamá.

From: Susana A. Jasso

Daniella Flores

"Congratulations Daniella! I’m really proud of your accomplishment, and I want to wish you the best of luck in your future. You have always been a great friend to me and I know you will be successful in every single thing you do. Keep dreaming high! I love you❤️"

From: Violeta Esquivel

Yanira Montes

"Congratulations baby!!! I’m so proud of you!!!"

From: Efren Cabrera

Yanira Isela Montes

"Yani, you have touched my life in more ways than you know. To the life lessons, memories, and beautiful encouragement you have given, I appreciate it all. I can’t wait to see how you change the world as an educator. Let it be known that you’ll most definitely make an impact in every student's life. Continue to make me proud, cousin! I love you"

From: Ram Veliz

Tommy Lee Castillo

"Congratulations to my college sweetheart and fiancé, Tommy Castillo, I am beyond proud of you and all the hard work & sacrifices you made in order to reach your well-earned goal. In my eyes, you are the epitome of strength and grace. I’m so grateful to have met you through our campus ministry more than four years ago. Since then, we have had the blessing of sharing each other’s dreams and accomplishments. Each and every day, we have been at each other’s side, pushing each other and striving to meet excellence in everything we did. There’s no doubt you won’t do the same in the future. In the words of Tom Petty - “Into the great wide open, under the skies of blue the sky was the limit.” Now you get to go beyond! You did it! Congratulations, my love!"

From: Rita K. Cisneros (’19)

Sabine Zuñiga

"I am so proud of you, Sabine! You are truly such a role model to me. I’m so amazed by all of your hard work and dedication! You deserve all of the best things in this world! You’re such an amazing and hardworking woman, I’m so thankful for having an aunt like you. Te quiero mucho! 🎉"

From: Sydney Viera

Maribel Medrano

"Congratulations Maribel!!! You did it! So proud of you girl! Love you!"

From: Renae Lara (’16)

Aleksa Leal

"Congratulations, mi vida - our first college grad! It was not an easy ride, but you never gave up. You believed you could and you did. We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments. Mom and dad love you very much."

From: Maria Isabel Leal

Dariela Pérez

"Congrats grad! Your family and I want you to know that we are so proud of you and so happy for you!! I love you!"

From: Alexsis Rodríguez

Rebecca Flores

"Congratulations, Becky! Love you."

From: Julie Flores

Dariela Pérez

"Dary, felicidades por tu graduación. Ahora te das cuenta cómo cada sacrificio y cada noche sin dormir por estudiar valió la pena. Te quiero muchísimo y sé que te espera un futuro lleno de triunfos y felicidad como la que estás viviendo ahora."

From: Maricela Guzmán

Oyuki Muñiz

"Congratulations Oyuki! You have come this far and you have done exceptional work. You will be a great teacher and students will look to you as a role model. My best wishes for you in your coming endeavors."

From: Edna A. Pérez (’18)

Dariela Perez

"Sister, I love you with all my heart and I am extremely proud of how far you’ve come! You did it!!! God will reward you with many blessings to come!! Always remember to add the main ingredient to everything that you do: love. I will forever be by your side.
TE AMO!!!!❤️"

From: Mariel De La Garza

Yolanda A. Villarreal

M.S. in Educational Administration

"Congratulations Class of 2020! You did it! 🎓 All your hard work has finally paid off. Also, I would like to congratulate my mother who graduated with MS in Educational Administration. You are truly an inspiration. The pride that we feel watching you achieve your goals is a defining moment for all of us! We are so proud of you! 👩🏻‍🎓🌪🤘🏻" #MommaMasteredIt #GoBeyond #YouDidIt

From: Denise Villarreal

Jessica A. Alvarado

"This one is for my daughters and husband! WE DID IT! Thank you so much to all my family for helping us get this far!"

Maria & Andrea Gomez

"Su graduación es el mejor ejemplo de que en esta vida el esfuerzo es recompensado si es constante y disciplinado. Nos llenan de orgullo y felicidad! We love you."

From: Maria Angeles Ortiz

Daniella Flores

B.B.A. in Accounting

"My name is Daniella Flores, I am graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. My advice to every student is to go beyond your limits. I am graduating with a full-time position in my dream job. Involve yourself in as my school activities as you can. Learn how to manage your time and most importantly, enjoy your time in school! Let’s go Dustdevils! 🤘🏻🌪"

Karla Yvette García

"Karla, you’re an extraordinary person with a great heart and personality. I wish you nothing but greatness. You did it!!! Keep striving for more. I love you. ❤️"

Frank Talavera

B.S. in Biology

"Frank Tank! You did it, man. You've got the tenacity of wolf, so it's no surprise you got that diploma. I can't wait to see what's in store for you next. Congrats!"

From: Edelmiro Santos

Moises Olvera Jr

"Moises, congratulations on this huge accomplishment! I’m so proud of you and of all the hard work you have put in through the years to get to this point. I love you and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!"

From: Abigail S. Olvera

Samantha Espinoza

"After four years of hard work, commitment, dedication and perseverance, you did it. Always remember to continue living by what was taught to us in this wonderful institution. Live by respect, integrity, service and excellence. Now, you have a duty as an alumna to keep these core values within us and as always go beyond."

From: Lorna Espinoza (’18)

Alma Flores Pro

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

"We are super proud of Alma Flores Pro on her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction!!!! We love you!!! Love Daddy, Sofia, Isabella, Caro, and Gilberto"

From: Guillermo Pro (’03)

Karina L. Gutíerrez Ortiz

"CONGRATULATIONS sister! You did it!!! We are so proud of you and we know that no matter what, you will GO BEYOND! #DustEm"

From: Karla J. Gutíerrez (’13,’18)

Gerardo Landa

"Your intensive hard work, passion and sacrifices have contributed to this part of you completing this part of your dream. I can’t wait to see you accomplish everything that you have set your mind and heart to. I love you always. Congratulations on such a grand achievement!! ❤️"

From: Vanessa Vela (’19)

David Canseco

"Congratulations David! D.D. and I are so proud of you! Remember, every accomplishment starts with a decision to try and that the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can it away from you. We love you so much. Congratulations Class of 2020!"

From: Daniela Reyna (’16)

Vanessa Rodríguez

"You did it!!! This is a result of all or your efforts and sacrifices. I’m so proud of you! This is just the beginning 💖"

From: Melissa Rodríguez

Zamantha D Ramirez

B.S. in Elementary Education - Bilingual Emphasis

"I held your hand for a little while, but I will hold you in my heart always. Daddy’s little girl is all grown up now. Congratulations on graduating with your Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education - Bilingual Emphasis. You make me proud!"

From: Jose L. Ramirez

Jessica Mendoza

"Woooohooooo!!! Way to go, Princess!!! Congratulations on achieving your goal, baby! This is just the beginning. Your dad & I are extremely proud of you. We love you to infinity & beyond."

From: Isela Mendoza (’03)

Eduardo Enrique Peña

"Congratulations to my favorite person in the world for graduating and earning that degree! I am so proud of the person you have become and all your hard work through these four years. I admire the way you never let any obstacles stop you from reaching your goals. I wish you luck on all your future endeavor and I am excited to see what you achieve in the future. Congrats grad, you did it!!"

From: Marlenny Flores

Leonel R. Rodríguez

"Best College on the South Texas Border!"

Stephanie Rocha

"Sister, you’ve come so far. Two years ago, your life stopped and you had to quit it all to fight for Lindsey and you did for a whole year with her. You both had to rearrange your entire life so that she was able to fight for hers. When this was done, you made sure Lindsey was well taken care of before you started your journey again and look where you are now!!! I love you and I’m so proud of you."

From: Esther Rocha

Sabine Zuñiga

"Congrats Grad!!! Te queremos mucho! Que sigan los exitos!❤️"

From: Fernanda Orduña

Cesia Pérez

"You did it!!! Felicidades graduada!!!! Te queremos mucho!! Nunca dejes de soñar❤️"

From: Fernanda Orduña

Gilbert Herrera

"Congratulations on your accomplishment, Gilbert! Reach for the stars on your new journey."
Love, Amador Family

From: Jacklyn Amador

Silvia Adriana Valdez

Double B.S. in Sociology & Psychology

"Congratulations, Grad! Sociology-Psychology Double Major. Class of 2020🎓"

Betzabe García

"Congrats mija. We love you and very proud of you. Thank God for your graduation. Bendiciones muchas de tu familia!"

From: Sonia Idalia García

Betzabe García

"Muchas felicidades hija!! Por tu gran esfuerzo y dedicación en tus estudios estamos muy orgullosos de tí. Dios te bendiga siempre."

From: Jorge L. García

Daniel Arturo Rodríguez

"Desde chiquito te ayudé en tus tareas y ahora terminaste tu carrera universitaria. FELICIDADES DANI."

From: Karen Salazar

Gustavo Aguirre

"No sé ni por dónde empezar de todo lo que quiero expresar. Siempre he dicho que uno de los días más importantes para mí es el día de tu graduación, y ese día llegó. No tienes idea lo felíz que me hiciste el día que me dijiste que habías terminado tu carrera, sentimientos encontrados vinieron a mi; reír, llorar, sólo Dios sabe lo felíz y agradecida que estoy. Le pido a Dios que siempre bendiga tus pasos."
Felicidades, Tamot. Orgullosos de ti, Biólogo Gustavo Aguirre

From: Luz Maria Aguirre

Armando Moreno II

"Congratulations to the best fiancé and dad in the world! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments! Your hard work never goes unnoticed. Best wishes for all your future endeavors. We love you so much!"

From: Stephanie Rodríguez

Yanira I. Montes

"Congratulations to my daughter Yanira I. Montes on this great accomplishment! I am beyond proud! This is just the beginning! Congratulations Class of 2020!!"

From: Rosa Corina Montes (’04)

Adolfo Alan Peña

"Muchas felicidades querido hijo, por tus logros y esfuerzo que has hecho. Deseamos que sigas alcanzando más metas a lo largo de tu vida. Eres nuestro orgullo!!
Felicidades graduado 2020."

From: Rita Peña

Rosalinda Amalia Fernández

"To my best friend,
To say that I’m proud of you is an understatement. You’ve accomplished so much throughout these four years and I can’t wait to see what you do out in the real world. You’re truly an intelligent and wholesome individual. I can’t wait to see you walk on that stage! I’m counting down the days until August. Congratulations Grad!"
Lots of love,

From: Ithzamara Tuexi

Mark Elliot

B.S. in Special Education

"Congratulations, Mark!!! I'm proud of you, bro. Wherever you start to teach, I know they'll ecstatically welcome your humor, personality, and skillset. Those students are going to love you, man!"

From: Edelmiro Santos

Misael Duque III

"Congratulations on your achievement, Misa. We always knew you were capable finishing your four-year academic career in three years. We are so proud of you, mijo. May God bless you on your new journey and always."

From: Adriana Duque

"Congratulations Class of 2020! Many more wonderful accomplishments and life experiences are coming your way! Congratulations 🎉"

From: Vanessa García

Eduardo E. Peña

Congratulations, Eddy Peña!!!! You did it! 👏 All you hard work has paid off! We love you ❤ and we’re so proud of you!!!🎓🎓❤🙏

From: Marcela Peña

Ilse Cortez

"Congrats grad! We’re so proud of you! We love you and can’t wait to see you accomplish the rest of your dreams.
Love always,
The Gutíerrez Family"

Michelle Delilah Jiménez

"Congratulations 🎉🎓🤘🏽 I am so happy you never gave up on your education during the hard times. We are extremely proud of you. You did it! You are an inspiration to our children. We love you!"
❤️ Joe, Mailey, Madison, & JT

From: Jose Salinas

Alyssa Mimi Robles

M.A. in Communication

"Alyssa, we are so proud of you as you receive your MA in Communication and embark on a new exciting chapter in your life! Never forget your Killam Library family! We love you!"

From: Jennifer Torres

Jacqueline García

To our brilliant Biology graduate: we are so proud of you, Jackie! We can't wait to see what you do next! Love, your Killam Library work family

From: Jennifer Torres

Adolfo Alan Peña

"Hijo, felicitaciones por este gran logro. Te deseamos lo mejor en tus nuevos proyectos de vida. Te amamos, tu papá, hno. y yo. Eres nuestro orgullo!! Dios te bendiga por siempre."

Aleksa Leal

"Congratulations, Aleksa!!! We’re very proud of you. Keep following your dreams."
Love you, Amador Family

From: Jacklyn Amador