CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to host Mr. Nick Jimenez, Editorial Page Editor Emeritus of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, as the keynote speaker for the summer 2017 Commencement Ceremony. With more than 570 students graduating, this will be the largest Islander summer commencement to date.
Jimenez is an Islander alum, having earned his Master of Arts in 1978 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which was Corpus Christi State University at the time.
“It's a great honor for me to be asked to speak to the graduating class,” said Jimenez. “I'll be the last lecturer, so to speak, for these students before they get their diplomas. At least there won't be a grade!”
Jimenez’s history with the written word began with his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1968. Since then, he has worked as a reporter, held numerous newsroom leadership positions and has won several state awards for editorial and column writing. Jimenez has also served as a juror in the Pulitzer Prize selection process. Although he retired from the Caller-Times in 2009 as Editor Emeritus, his talent is still highly regarded and his commentary column appears in the paper and Caller-Times website each Sunday.
Jimenez has used his position as a writer to advocate for the support of higher education.
According to Jimenez, the most valuable resource is not oil, agriculture or even our beautiful environment. To him, it’s the potential of young people for intellectual growth.
“Higher education includes every part of education from pre-K to cutting-edge research,” said Jimenez. “Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is vital to South Texas, and thus, to the state.”
Jimenez hopes to give the graduating students a message about having passion for their work, respect for truth and hope for the next phase in their education. He wishes to encourage growth in human qualities, such as empathy, tolerance and humility, which he says will make us better people.
The summer 2017 ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 5, at the American Bank Center. The doors open at 9 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
The Colleges will be presented as follows:
To learn more about the ceremony, visit commencement.tamucc.edu.