It's been a long hot summer, but it is over for 343 graduates who marched across the stage at the Steinke Physical Education Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 3 and 6 p.m. Friday to receive their degrees.

Bachelor's degrees were awarded to 156 students and master's degrees were given to 170 students. Seventeen students received doctoral degrees. Of the total, 48 students earning degrees attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio.

When they entered the university, 256 of the graduates were from Texas, 11 were from other states and 76 were from other countries.

Bexar County had the highest number of graduates with 61, followed by Kleberg with 36, Nueces with 25, Hidalgo with 20 and Jim Wells with 18. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates were women. Minority students made up 64 percent of the class. The average age of bachelor's graduates was 27 years old. The average age of a student receiving a master's degree was 29 and the average age of students receiving a doctorate was 40.

The youngest graduate was 20 with the oldest at 58.

Of the 156 bachelor's graduates, 55 entered the university as first time freshmen and 101 entered as transfer students.

The College of Arts and Sciences had the most bachelors' graduates with 49. It was followed by the College of Education with 40, the College of Business Administration with 29, the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences with 20 and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering with 18.

Local and area graduates:

Alice

Michelle Almaraz, Bachelor of Business Administration; Eusebio Laurel Garcia IV, Bachelor of Arts; Kimberly Cara Whitley Harrison, Master of Science; Matthew R. Kralevich, Doctorate of Education; Lorena Duran Lozano, Master of Education; Maria A. Manriques, Bachelor of Science; Ismael M. Ochoa, Master of Science; Tiffany Paige Porter, Master of Art; Jennifer Elizabeth Ramirez, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, cum laude; San Juanita Garcia Recio, Bachelor of Arts; Norma Jean Valero, Bachelor of Science

Benavides

Lilia Emelda Alaniz, Master of Science

Bishop

Christopher Chase Drake, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology; Christopher E. Garcia, Bachelor of Arts

Driscoll

Norma Elizabeth Castaneda, Bachelor of Science

Falfurrias

Nancy Janeica Pena, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Benino Cantu, Master of Art

Orange Grove

JoAnn Ruiz Garcia, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude; Kevin Ross Murphey, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology

Premont

Irma Idalia Mercado Johnson, Master of Science; Matthew Paul May, Bachelor of Business Administration; Marilee Ramirez, Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences, magna cum laude

Riviera

Deanna Lee Hamblin, Master of Science; Bruce Allan Robertson, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude

San Diego

Noe Saenz Jr., Bachelor of Science