Commencement week at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) is normally filled with the hustle and bustle and excitement of one stage in life ending while another begins. But, thanks to COVID-19, nothing is normal.


The administration at TAMUK did not want their graduating seniors to miss the pomp and circumstance that surrounds commencement, so instead of just one special day, they planned a week of activities, all virtual, of course, to celebrate the graduates. All of these activities can be seen on the special commencement link at www.tamuk.edu.


The week started off with the Virtual Ring Celebration hosted by Dean of Students Kirsten Compary and assisted by Javelina Nation’s mascot, Porky. Students normally receive their University rings during a special a ceremony Social distancing measures and guidelines from health authorities meant the ceremony would have to be postponed. The University opted for a ring celebration, honoring one of the University's most popular traditions—the Javelina Ring.


Tuesday’s activity, the Virtual Academic Achievement Ceremony, also was held without the in-person presentation of awards. Instead, the names of students graduating with honors, from the Honors College and as Distinguished Undergraduates were announced on the screen. Visit the Virtual Academic Achievement Ceremony to find out who was honored.


Graduating Javelinas had the opportunity to show-of their Javelina pride during the Cap and Gown Parade Wednesday. Students sent in the best photos of themselves in their cap and gown and they were shared across the University’s social media.


The next activity for commencement week is a special concert by 2017 graduate Robert Ray. He is a rising star on the Texas Country music scene who earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial management and technology from Texas A&M-Kingsville. To watch the Graduation Concert, visit the 2020 Virtual Commencement page.


Finally, Virtual Commencement was held Friday, May 15. There was no procession, but that was the only thing missing from this ceremony. From greetings from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Chairman Elaine Mendoza and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp to the singing of the alma mater, Virtual Commencement marks a historic graduation for the first institution of higher learning in South Texas.


To top it off, all of the more than 1,000 prospective graduates have a slide that features their name and degree. Graduates were given the option to provide a photo and a short narrative to add to their slide. Over half of the graduates chose that option making this Virtual Commencement more personal.


TAMUK Prospective Graduate List


Spring Commencement 2020


Agua Dulce


Bachelor of Science


James Ocon Cuaresma


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Santiago Vidal Moreno


Alice


Bachelor of Arts


Gabrielle Guerra


Bachelor of Business Administration


Luke Alejandro Martinez


Bachelor of Science


Lucas E. Almaraz


Mark Daniel Galvan


Daniel A. Gonzalez


Mateo Javier Gonzalez


Jose Daniel Gutierrez


Gabriella Carissa Hernandez


Jessica Nicole Hinojosa


Allison Skye Mrotek


Sydney Lee Surber


Saida Ysela Tijerina


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture


Cheyenne D'Layne Borchert


Hailey Nichole Martinez


Bachelor of Social Work


Sylvia Escobedo


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering


Noe Gamez Jr.


Mario D. Garza


Daniella Celine Sanchez


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Timothy Atwell


Micah McHugh


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering


Gabriel E. Loera


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Michael Anthony Garcia


Doctor of Education


Nora Elizabeth Casares


Master of Arts


Sergio Daniel Garcia


Master of Science


Valerie Ann Vavrusa


Master of Social Work


Deandra R. Bueno


Ben Bolt


Bachelor of Science


Macy Kamryn Thorne


Benavides


Bachelor of Science


Dionisio Paredez Martinez


Falfurrias


Bachelor of Science


Gavino Cruz


Darin Lee Landrum


Kristy J. Patton


Miranda Alexis Quintanilla


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Vicente David Garza


Kingsville


Bachelor of Arts


Kannitha Makayla-Lee Davila


Angelina Marie Goff


Stephen Troy Irby II


Robin Melendy Machuca


Paulina Adrianna Moreno


William Harrison Purdy


Sara Luna Reeder


Francis Grace Regalado


Laura Montserrat Rodriguez


Samantha Renae San Miguel


Bachelor of Business Administration


Brianna Renai Burriola


Austin Gilray De Leon


Alexander Thomas Mendez


Brenda Paramo


Dylan Matthew Thomas


Carlos Alejandro Wallace


Bachelor of Music


Gabriel Cole Gallegos


Juan Carlos Gonzalez


Oscar Jesus Lara


Bachelor of Science


Christen Gabrielle Alegria


Clarissa Alvarez


Delian Deann Canales


Aleida Rose Cantu


Amy Cantu


Crystal Chi


Mario Alberto Cortez


Kannitha Makayla-Lee Davila


Josiah Jon-R Delarosa


Andrea Nicole Enz


Alyssa Rose Flores


Kirstien Michelle Forkum


Angelica Nicole Gamez


Maegan Alexis Herrera


Daniella M. Longoria


Samuel Lopez


Savannah Lynn Lozano


Alexander Joe McMillan


Huyen Tran Ngoc Nguyen


Amy Annette Perez


Ashley M. Perez


Diana Karily Pinales


Tamara Ramirez


Miguel Angel Rodriguez


Josephine Sannoh


Jose R. Silguero


Kylee Marie Szteiter


Robert Tullos


Maya R. Vasquez


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture


Benjamin Augustus Benys


Annalysa Marie Camacho


Joshua L. Castille


Desiderio Amado De Leon


Christopher Matthew Flores-Lopez


Ydanissa Aralee Gonzalez


Bradley Kye Johnston


Gabriela Inez Lara


Amanda Clarissa Mascorro


Andra Lizde Medina


Cortney N. Ruiz


Victoria Lariza Solis


Felixiana Nicole Trevino


Bachelor of Social Work


Veronica Anna Almaguer


Marina Alexandra Flores


Anja Martinez


Amy Mata


Lee Annette Ramos


Carolina Sanchez


Olga Lydia Suazo


Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering


Dinora Denise Adame


Joshua M. Farias


Ryan Douglas Garcia


Priscilla Graveley


Dana Nicole Vital


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering


Aymara Guadalupe Aguilar


Bader Mohammed Alhajri


Emmanuel Eventus Nyong


Spencer S. Roberts


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering


Humoud Ali Alghurbah


Abdulaziz S. Alharan


Yahya M. Almutairi


Saif Alsabri


Khaled Shaman Alshammari


Abdulkarim Abdulaziz Alturki


Martin Covarrubias


Ryan Douglas Garcia


Amit K. Patel


Carlos Aberto Sosa


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Araceli Amanda Barrera


Aliya Maris Borjon


David Rodriguez, Jr.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering


Mohammed Z. Abujarad


Jason Kyle Barnett


Arturo Haces-Garcia


Austin Ryan Lopez


Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences


An Hoang Nguyen


Angelica Torres


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Roberto Saul Arredondo


Jacob Able Castro


Martin Matthew Medrano


Charles Riley Tandy


Bachelor of Science in Natural Gas Engineering


Tristan W. Griffith


Doctor of Education


Aleyda Jeanette Cantu-Lee


Doctor of Philosophy


Anthony David Falk


Abdullah Al Hadi


Jason Vincent Lombardi


Muath Naser Ali Bani Salim


Hassan Sa'ed Hayajneh


Jay Alan VonBank


Master of Arts


Abraham Garcia


Master of Business Administration


Sarah Lucille Edwards


Jessica Marie Gamez


Master of Education


Linda Daniella Rios Soliz


Master of Science


Lucia Norma Adame


Titilope Opeyemi Adara


Mustapha Babajide Adubiagbe


Olawale Matthew Agboola


Yadira Ahumada


Olumide Ayomipo Samuel Awofeso


Praveen Kumar Reddy Bandagonda


Marckenley Belony


Jyotsna Anjali Bhaskar


Hemanth Kumar Bodke


Sri Sai Bhavani Likhita Borra


Xiomara Josselin Cortez


Humberto De La Vina


Walter Chukwunenye Egbueze


Kelvin Osamede Evbarunegbe


Jayashankar Gadde


Natalie Marie Gerragauch


Jonathan Gonzalez


Kelly Lee Haley


Salena Hamberlin


Mikayla Marie House


Anirudh Nehru Nehru Kasala


Taiwo Usman Mustapha


Jaishik Narisimsetti


Jerry Ikenna Nduji


Tobechukwu John Nwatu


Barbara Lee Ochoa


Justin Joshua Ochoa


Kehinde Adetutu Oladele


Joshua Olurotimi Osho


Sai Hemanth Pagidikalva


Victoria Ruth Posada


Srinivasa Murali Krishna Chowdary Puchakayala


Saikiran Reddy Rondla


Julia Sydney Salazar


Morgan Douglas Smith


Yabesh Toppo


Jenish Dineshbhai Undhad


Victor A. Villarreal


Lauren Elizabeth Yaklin


Master of Social Work


Kristen R. Gonzalez


Joey Ray Ratcliff


Orange Grove


Master of Education


Denise Saenz


Premont


Bachelor of Science


Emily Kim Cantu


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


Elenilson Nathan Zelaya


San Diego


Bachelor of Science


Javier Roel Rodriguez


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Rolando Villarreal


Bachelor of Science in Natural Gas Engineering


Adrian Vera


Sandia


Bachelor of Arts


Andrea Victoria Amador