A&M Record Number of Graduates in 2012Featured Stories, News Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Texas A&M University President Bowen Loftin has been in the middle of many firsts this calendar year.
The latest was a record number of graduates.
With 3,775 graduating Saturday on the flagship campus, the 2012 calendar year marked the first time the combined total at A&M campuses in College Station, Galveston, and Qatar surpassed 12,000.
Asked about congratulating each graduate during commencement exercises, Dr. Loftin says he asked for alternatives to handshakes.
That led to exchanging hugs, fist bumps, and high-fives.
The president said at the May commencement he received 1,000 hugs.
As for fist bumps, Loftin said he had to “watch for the ring”, a reference to the Aggie Ring.
News release courtesy of Texas A&M University:
Texas A&M University has for the first time awarded more than 12,000 degrees in a calendar year.
That milestone was surpassed Saturday in College Station, where 3,775 degrees at the bachelor, master’s and doctoral levels were conferred at commencement exercises, concluding the university’s fall semester. These graduates brought the 2012 calendar year total to 12,116.
“This is a great way to end a great year at Texas A&M and wrap up our 12thMan salute in 2012,” noted President R. Bowen Loftin.
Combined with students graduating from the university’s branch campuses in Galveston and Doha, Qatar, the combined total for 2012 is 12,593.
Loftin pointed that standard procedure for reporting graduation figures is on the basis of the academic year, which runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, but, he added, “This is an accomplishment we think is certainly noteworthy. As a university we have established a goal of consistently graduating at least 12,500 each academic year, so these results reflect that our strategic resource allocations and student success efforts are making an impact.”
Loftin said it is “gratifying to be a state, national and international leader in producing a high level of well-qualified young men and women for the workforce, entering the military or for continuing their studies through graduate or professional degree programs.”
He credits the university’s graduation successes to the “institution’s ability to attract well-qualified, highly motivated students and a caring and dedicated faculty and staff.”
The Texas Legislature is making higher graduation productivity an increasingly high priority, Loftin pointed out, and said he is “pleased that Texas A&M students continue to exemplify a commitment to learning for a lifetime, while our university continues to demonstrate our commitment to student success and the future vitality of our state.”
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