Texas A&M-Kingsville Holds Winter Commencement Dec. 15            

KINGSVILLE (December 15, 2017) — More than 800 graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees during two commencement ceremonies held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, Dec. 15.

At the 10 a.m. ceremony, graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance received their degrees.

At the 1 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering crossed the stage.

Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees were recognized within their academic colleges.

During the commencement ceremonies, Kaley Dodd, Student Government Association president, presented the Distinguished Student Awards. Rick Garza, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, gave a welcome.

During the 1 p.m. ceremony, LTC Victor Diaz, professor of military science, commissioned two students as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. Commissionees include Chance Hernandez and Kimberly McRae.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Daniel Trevino Jr., superintendent of the Mercedes Independent School District.

About Dr. Daniel Trevino Jr.

Dr. Daniel Trevino Jr. is a native of Mercedes, the second youngest from a family of eight children. He is currently serving his seventh year as superintendent of the Mercedes Independent School District.

He is a three-time alumnus of Javelina Nation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Texas A&I University. He came back to get his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational administration and educational leadership, respectively, from Texas A&M-Kingsville.

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Trevino worked as an agricultural science teacher at Mercedes Junior High and High Schools. He then moved on to be assistant principal at W.B. Green Middle School in La Feria ISD.  He moved up the ladder as assistant principal and principal at La Feria High School and assistant superintendent for special programs at the La Feria Independent School District.

During his three years as high school principal, the high school received an exemplary rating from the state. He also received the Region One High School Principal of the Year Award from the Education Service Center. Trevino’s professional philosophy is based on a strong belief in effective teaching combined with a strong foundation in student discipline.

He is currently chairman of the Regional Advisory Committee, a cohort of Region I superintendents; a member of the Advisory Committee for Friends of Texas Public Schools; a state mentor for Texas Superintendents; and vice-president of the Javelina Alumni Association.

Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Prospective Graduate List

Fall Commencement 2017 

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Graduates FALL 2017


Master of Business Administration

Christopher Scott Sanger 


Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management & Technology

Tony Christian 


Master of Science

Jesica Sanchez


Doctor of Education

Ruben Olague


Bachelor of Business Administration

Jesse Kelechi Anyanwu

Mamadee M. Koromah

Marcia E. Ramirez

Emmanuel G. Tapia

Bachelor of Science

Joe Fred Crowe

Jasmin Ibeth Rodriguez

Demarcus Dwayne Spurlock

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management & Technology

Derek Gerard Thomas

Master of Business Administration

Melody Aguinaldo Cruz

Rajan Desai

Master of Science

Chiamaka Jane Agwuegbo

Praneeth Raj Gajula

Diya Maria Varghese

Doctor of Philosophy

Ross Owen Couvillon 


Master of Business Administration

Christopher Frederick Haist 


Bachelor of Arts

Esney A. Barona

Bachelor of Business Administration

Zachary James Wilson

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Alexandra Ann Austin

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

David Ivan Nuno 


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Justin Ross Neiser 


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Derek Anthony Bacak  


Bachelor of Arts

Deche’ Lloyd Milburn 


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Stephanie K. Roberts  


Bachelor of Business Administration

Jenny Patricia Johnson

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Crescencio Steven Fonseca

Master of Science

Kristina Mae Stephens 


Bachelor of Science

Tamunotonye Oluwagbemiro Tariah

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Ariel Danielle Zagala

Master of Science

Daniel Jonathan Sierra 


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Steven Lee Wrobliski 


Bachelor of Science

Rachel La’Neder Lockett


Master of Science

Brenda Lee Brotherton


Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences

Hayley Elise Morgan


Master of Education

Naomi Ileene Grimaldo


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Patrick Duncan

Master of Business Administration

Anand Viswanath


Bachelor of Science

Brian Mitchell Wilkinson