KINGSVILLE — More than 450 graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees during the summer commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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

During the commencement ceremony, David Barrera, Student Government Association president, presented the Distinguished Student Awards. Anissa Hernandez, president of the Javelina Alumni Association, brought greetings and presented a university ring to one deserving graduate.

LTC Thomas Troyn, professor of military science at A&M-Kingsville, commissioned Austin Jeffrey Johnson as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Former Texas A&M-Kingsville Athletic Director Jill Willson was the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony.

About Jill Willson

Jill Willson served 15 years with the Texas A&M-Kingsville athletic department, eight years as the head women’s basketball coach, two years as the associate athletic director and the last five years as the athletic director.

During her time at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Willson was active with the NCAA. She served on numerous Division II committees before becoming the Chair of both the Championships Committee and Management Council.

In 2007, Willson started her own company Double L Consulting-a firm that is dedicated to making a difference in Division II. Community engagement and creating positive game environments are a few of the initiatives Double L Consulting focusses on in the company’s work with schools across the country. Willson spends most of her time collecting marketing and game environment “ideas that work.”

Willson also works for the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. She assists schools who are transitioning from the NAIA or Division III to a Division II institution. Since 2007, she has helped 36 schools through this process. In addition to this work, she is regularly assigned multi-divisional and compliance blueprint reviews.

As a member of the Division II team, Willson works closely with the NCAA Division II Championships and Alliances staff to organize community engagement and positive game environment events at each of the 25 Division II national championships and the NCAA Championships Festival. This past year alone, more than 2,400 Division II student-athletes and 9,500 community members took part in these events.



Bachelor of Music

Araceli Lliana Hinojosa

Bachelor of Science

Cassandra Eleny Garcia

Rodolfo Gonzalez II

Doctor of Education

Jilma Vinson

Master of Business Administration

Melissa Garcia

Master of Science

Sarah Elizabeth Donaho

Amanda Marie Morgan

Jessica Cornelia Willie



Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Jaclyn Agusta Bourlon



Bachelor of Science

Gloria Rubi Gutierrez-Luna



Bachelor of Business Administration

Rebecca Aurora Keyes

Master of Science

Jonathan Bernard Leal



Bachelor of Arts

Stephanie Nicole Tijerina

Bachelor of Business Administration

Cody Michael Hammond

Javier Palacios

Felicia Lorraine Tamez

Bachelor of Science

Jacob Donovan Byerly

Payton Gray Campbell

Danielle Jean Deleon

Joe Prajedis Franco

Jayme Linda Gage

Ronald Joseph Young

Ashley Marie Zamora

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Jacob Bunn

Josh Jeremiah Redublo

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Nicholas John Ramirez

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Alexander Cruz Mendez

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Ajia Alexis Fielden

William Henry Walz

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Albert Manuel Longoria

Bachelor of Science in Natural Gas Engineering

Zachary John Corcoran

Silvestre Luis Lira

Doctor of Education

Sandra Villarreal Montgomery

Piedad Ymbert

Master of Arts

Cynthia G. Contreras

Master of Science

Lydia Marie Ayala

Ross Patrick Chavez

Leticia A. Falcon

Michelle Leigh Garcia

Amanda Louise Haven

Jerry Dean Hunsaker

Monique Shevonne Miller

Krystina Guajardo Perez

Eric Foster Precise

Megan Lynn Vallejo

Jessica Ann Weldon



Bachelor of Business Administration

Seth C. Cantu

Bachelor of Science

Gustavo C. Garcia IV


Bachelor of Science

Debbie A. Garza

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Robert Daniel Galvan

Master of Science

Robert Miles Arnold

Holly Herrera


Doctor of Education

Palmira Robles Cardona

Joy Lynn Lea