Texas Governor Rick Perry Does Double Duty to Address Prairie View A&M Spring Graduates
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas--TODAY, Prairie View A&M University announced that Texas Governor Rick Perry will address members of the spring class of 2009 during Prairie View A&M University’s 128th commencement exercises, which will be held Saturday, May 16 in the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Health & Physical Education Building.
This year the university is preparing to confer degrees on nearly 850 candidates from its nine colleges and schools during two commencement exercises. University officials are preparing for a consecutive history making graduating class, which inclusion of doctoral degree candidates from the university’s juvenile justice, electrical engineering and educational leadership programs.
Governor Perry is scheduled to deliver the commencement address during the university’s 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. commencement ceremonies. Both ceremonies will be held in the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Health & Physical Education Building on campus.
“The PVAMU community is pleased to welcome Governor Perry to campus for this significant moment in the lives of our graduates and their families. He is a leader for Texas and we’re excited to host him and hear him impart words of wisdom and encouragement to our graduates.” states PVAMU President George C. Wright.
The commencement ceremony for the Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education and Roy G. Perry College of Engineering will be held Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. The second ceremony for the Graduate School, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, School of Architecture, College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology and the College of Nursing will be held Saturday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.
During both commencement ceremonies, the university will present its annual Humanitarian Award to a PVAMU student and non-student. The awardees will be announced and presented during both ceremonies. The announcement is not announced until the day of commencement. Since 2005, the PVAMU Humanitarian Award has honored individuals whose lives reflect their dedication to high humanitarian principles and whose lives exemplify a spirit of love and helpfulness to others.
Media interested in covering PVAMU’s 2008 spring commencement exercises should contact the University’s Public Relations Office at (936) 261-2130.
About Texas Governor Rick Perry
Sworn in as the state’s 47th governor on December 21, 2000, The Honorable Rick Perry was elected to a four-year term November 5, 2002 and re-elected November 7, 2006. A fifth generation Texan, Governor Rick Perry has taken an extraordinary Texas journey, from a tenant farm in the rolling West Texas plains to the governor’s office of our nation’s second largest state. Governor Perry’s administration has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by improving education, securing the border and increasing economic development through classical conservative values. Under Governor Perry’s leadership, lawmakers most recently passed legislation that resulted in a $3 billion cancer research fund; a health opportunity pool that will help more Texans buy private health insurance; more college financial aid; a new incentive program for colleges and junior colleges; and $110 million to border security. Additionally, the governor has proposed the most visionary transportation plan in the nation, the Trans Texas Corridor, and renewable energy requirements and emissions reduction legislation which will help clean the air in urban areas.
About Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, business leaders, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 41 master’s degrees and four doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. The university recently named its Roy G. Perry College of Engineering for PVAMU alumnus Roy G. Perry and its Marching Storm Band was featured as the lead band in the 2009 Rose Parade. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 50,000 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit www.pvamu.edu.