Congressman William H. “Bill” Flores, a 1976 Texas A&M graduate who has a long history of support for and service to his alma mater, including a term as chairman of the board of The Association of Former Students, will be Texas A&M’s spring commencement convocation speaker, announced University President R. Bowen Loftin.
Commencement convocation will be held May 9 in Rudder Auditorium. The 5:30 p.m. convocation will set the stage for commencement exercises the following two days at Reed Arena. The university is adding an additional graduation ceremony this spring—bringing the total to six—to accommodate what university officials say will almost certainly be a record graduating class, totaling more than 7,000 students, including more than 1,400 receiving degrees at the graduate level.
Commencement convocation and the graduation ceremonies are open to the public.
“Congressman Flores honors us by addressing our spring graduates, their families and their friends, and I am confident that he will bring an engaging message that will be both informative and inspirational,”
Loftin said. “I know he has a great story to tell because of his days as a student at Texas A&M, followed by a successful career in the private sector and his current service as a distinguished U.S. Congressman representing the 17th District of Texas.”
Flores, a ninth-generation Texan from a family with a long ranching history, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and is now serving in his second term representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the Bryan/College Station area. Earlier in his career, he worked in the energy industry for nearly three decades. During that time, he served in increasingly responsible positions for several successful energy companies, ultimately serving as president and CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company.
Full biographical information about Cong. Flores can be viewed at http://flores.house.gov/about-bill/.
Commencement convocation is a relatively new Texas A&M tradition in which all members of a graduating class have the opportunity to assemble together, along with family members and friends in an informal setting.