Texas A&M University-San Antonio presents honorary degree at spring commencement

By Office of University Communications
Friday, 05 17 2013
Marilu Reyna or Jillian Reddish
Email: Marilu.Reyna@tamusa.tamus.edu or Jillian.Reddish@tamusa.tamus.edu
Phone: (210) 326-0003 or (210) 784-1103

SAN ANTONIO — Approximately 600 candidates for graduation from Texas A&M University-San Antonio crossed the stage on Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Freeman Coliseum as part of the university’s spring commencement exercises. The candidates included the largest class of business graduate students, and the second ROTC cadet to earn a commission as a second lieutenant.

Alongside the candidates for graduation, Texas A&M University-San Antonio bestowed one of the academic world’s highest honors – the honorary Doctor of Letters degree – on philanthropist Alonso Ancira.

Ancira is president and chairman of the Board of Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA). Ancira has been contributing to the San Antonio community for over three decades and, in 2006, he founded the Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together Foundation (MATT.org), a San Antonio-based organization that helps bridge the gaps of understanding, quality and life between Mexico and the United States. As chairman of MATT.org, his most significant contribution has been support of the education of youth in both countries. He has also funded a national adult education and parent engagement program, Maestro en Casa, that partners with over 40 school districts across the nation and continues to grow. He has also supported an online English learning program, Yes al Inglés, which strongly encourages the Mexican labor force to learn to speak English as they prepare for Mexico’s continued growth and development.

A wholehearted supporter of Texas A&M-San Antonio, he created the Alonso Ancira Scholarship Program to provide aid to American and Mexican student scholars.

The chancellor of the distinguished Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, delivered the commencement address. Sharp joined the Texas A&M System in 2011 after an acclaimed career in service to the State of Texas. He has served as state comptroller, Texas Railroad Commissioner, a state senator and a state representative. Today, he manages an annual budget of $3.5 billion, and oversees the 11 universities, 7 state agencies and health science center of the Texas A&M University System.

The commencement exercises also recognized veterans and active duty military students with distinctive military honor cords. As a military-embracing university, Texas A&M-San Antonio honors the service of our military community students by the draping of red, white and blue “Patriot” commencement cords, while many students will also proudly wear honor cords and stoles marking academic achievements and involvement with honor societies.