Spring graduation ceremonies at Texas A&M University kick off Thursday (May 9) when the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) awards 129 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.
The awarding of degrees at the 2 p.m. ceremonies in Rudder Auditorium will follow an address by R. H. (Steve) Stevens, Jr., chairman of the board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a member of the American Quarter Horse (AQHA) Hall of Fame.
Stevens is a 1962 Texas A&M graduate who earlier this year was named a Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of the university. He served from 1999 to 2005 as a member of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
He joined the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 1975, was elected to its board of directors in 1992 and has been a member of its executive committee since 2005. In 2003, he served as president of the AQHA, the world’s largest equine breed registry with more than 340,000 members located in all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.
Stevens, who earned his Texas A&M degree in accounting, was a member of the Corps of Cadets and served as executive officer of the corps’ elite Ross Volunteers unit. After post-graduate work at the University of Texas and service as an officer in the Air Force, he worked at Arthur Andersen LLP for 33 years before retiring in 1999. He started his own accounting firm, Stevens & Matthews LLP, in 2002.