Gates Says Good-Bye

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There are moments in life that most people will remember for a life time. The last graduating class of 2006 at Texas A&M shared one of those rare moments with a man they have gotten to know and love.

Outgoing Texas A&M University president told the audience, "My work here is done."

Dr. Robert Gates officiated over his last graduation as president of Texas A&M before assuming his new position as the U.S. Secretary of Defense. As he addressed his Aggie family, he assured them that A&M is now a part of who he is.

"Like most of you I'm starting a new phase of my life after this ceremony," Gates said. " Like many of you I wish I could prolong my time here at A&M. Like all of you this very special place has changed my life."

With the conclusion of the day's ceremony the university's 22nd president completed an impressive feat by conferring over 48,000 degrees. And as he sang the Spirit of Aggieland with his student body for the final time, Dr. Gates' emotions showed his affection for Texas A&M one last time.