Perry Keynotes Texas A&M Commencement

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

It was another big day for Texas A&M seniors as commencement ceremonies continued Saturday at Reed Arena.

And the state's top elected official was the keynote speaker.

More than 1,000 graduates from the Mays School of Business, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and graduates in medicine walked the stage Saturday morning.

Governor Rick Perry addressed the audience and told the story of how A&M officials told his father he might not graduate.

"They said Mr. Perry, we're afraid to inform you that your son is at risk of not graduating," Perry said. "That is, unless he pay $300 in parking tickets."

Of course Governor Perry did graduate. He was A&M class of '72.

And in conjunction with A&M's commencement exercises, several Corps of Cadets members were commissioned into the military.

Corps Commandant General John Van Alstyne commissioned 43 graduating cadets into the armed forces.

Those cadets are now officially ready to begin their careers in the military.

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