Island University Graduates Receive Diplomas at Spring Commencement

Published: May 16, 2015

Island University Graduates Receive Diplomas at Spring Commencement

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 1,000 students representing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s five colleges received their diplomas during spring 2015 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16. There were two ceremonies. The first ceremony at 10 a.m. included the College of Business, College of Education, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The second ceremony at 2 p.m. included the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Engineering. Both commencement ceremonies were at the American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

A live stream of the ceremonies played online at and it was a social occasion with many using #IslanderGrad.

Watch a replay of the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Watch a replay of the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The graduates included

  • Trevor Deason, a graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, who is heading to law school after an active undergraduate career that included an internship with a U.S. Congressman, part-time work, and volunteer commitments.
  • Justin Giessel, a Master of Science graduate, who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, all while working full time at Naismith Marine Services, Inc., and raising a family. His many accomplishments in his field of geospatial engineering stem from hands-on research with unmanned aircraft systems.
  • Jeremy Pape, who hasn’t let his physical limitations be a roadblock. Born with congenital hydrocephalus, which is excess fluid in the brain, and cerebral palsy, and diagnosed with autism in 2011, Pape considers himself lucky that he has been able to attend his classes and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
  • Ran Yao, a Master of Arts graduate from Zhengzhou, China, whose main goal was to help students navigate the many new challenges that come with college life.

The commencement keynote speaker was Dr. James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas A&M University System. Hallmark oversees the academic program development process for A&M System members from inception to approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He also works to develop quality measures for success and provides leadership on the development of comprehensive distance education initiatives and strategic planning.