(PRESS RELEASE) Bill Youngkin, a 1969 Texas A&M University graduate whose decades of service to his alma mater included a term as president of The Association of Former Students, will be the speaker at Texas A&M’s campus Muster scheduled for Monday (April 21). The annual ceremony, always held on April 21, honors the memory of Texas A&M former students who died during the previous year.
Campus Muster, which is student-led, traditionally packs the 12,500-seat Reed Arena and is the largest of the more than 300 Muster ceremonies held throughout Texas and elsewhere in the nation, as well as numerous locations abroad.
During his time at Texas A&M, Youngkin served as Head Yell Leader, a Ross Volunteer in the Corps of Cadets, a Class Officer and was recognized as a Distinguished Student. After graduation, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972 in the 18th Airborne Corps and was stationed in Vietnam from 1971-1972. After his return, he then graduated from Baylor Law School in 1975.
Youngkin was the president of the Brazos County Bar Association from 1985-1986 and now serves as the principal of Youngkin & Associates, a law firm in Bryan.
He has remained active in support of Texas A&M throughout his career, serving as president of The Association of Former Students in 1991and president of the Former Yell Leaders Association in 2000. He and his wife, Marilyn, were named Texas A&M Parents of the Year for 2000-2001. Youngkin also is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the 12th Man Foundation. He is currently a member of the President’s Blue Ribbon Panel of the Corps of Cadets and was inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor for 2014.
At each Muster ceremony around the world, the speaker will be followed by the “Roll Call For The Absent” which is a reading of the names of those from that area who have died in the past year, along with those of other classmates or friends, as requested. As each name is called, a family member or friend will answer “Here,” and a candle will be lit.
Following the candle-lighting ceremony in Reed Arena, the Ross Volunteer Company, which serves as the honor guard for the governor of Texas, will march in to fire a rifle volley followed by a special arrangement of “Taps.”
For more information about Muster, including a list of the “Roll Call For The Absent” and off-campus Muster sites, see The Association of Former Students’ website at: http://www.aggienetwork.com/muster/ .
For information about Youngkin and the campus Muster ceremony, go to http://muster.tamu.edu or call (979) 845-7514.