450 Graduates from the Island University’s Five Colleges Receive Diplomas at Summer Commencement

Published: August 08, 2015

450 Graduates from the Island University’s Five Colleges Receive Diplomas at Summer Commencement

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – About 450 students representing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s five colleges received their diplomas during the summer 2015 commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8. The ceremony was held at the American Bank Center.

Anyone who was not able to attend the ceremony can watch a playback of the ceremony at commencement.tamucc.edu.

The graduates included:

  • Father Thomas Kizito Nwachukwu, a Catholic Priest, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Counseling Education. Kizito works as a Chaplain at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial. Kizito, a native of Nigeria, has two bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees, and now a Ph.D. He says he continues his education to answer the noble wish of his family back home. He has overcome two serious illnesses and a near-fatal car accident to graduate and serve his community. He hopes to use the skills he’s learned during his time at the Island University to take better care of patients and staff at Memorial Hospital. Read more here: Father Kizito
  • Colleen Eaves, a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership graduate, is a nurse, mother, and wife who believes that nursing is an art and a science. She had to make the difficult decision to quit a career she loved to better focus on her education. She, like many, struggled to balance family and school, but persevered to graduate with a 3.9 GPA. Eaves, who also received her RN/BSN from the Island University, plans to stay in Corpus Christi and find a nursing position incorporating quality, informatics, and education. Eaves has a naturally positive attitude, and found the motivation to continue her education by leaning on family, friends, and professors. Read more here: Colleen Eaves

The commencement keynote speaker was Islander alumna Colleen McIntyre. McIntyre is serving her second term on the Corpus Christi City Council, representing District 4. Therese (Terry) McDevitt, Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications for the Texas A&M University System gave a greeting to the graduating class.