COLLEGE STATION, Texas – It was a milestone for many Aggies today as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas in front of thousands of family, friends and loved ones.
“It’s a real honor for me – I’ve dreamed of coming to Texas A&M since I was 10 and as a first-generation student and as a DACA student.” “It was a great honor to represent myself, my family and my peers,” said Ayde Ordaz Aggie Grad and speaker.
Even Leanne Gisler, a high school science teacher and certified speaker, says it’s never too late to continue your education and achieve your goals.
“It’s been 27 years since I graduated from college with my undergraduate, my story is very different from everyone else’s and I’m nearing my retirement years and starting something new with this college degree. graduate school, so I was honored to speak about how you can still pursue your dreams,” Gisler said.
While thousands of Aggies chase those dreams, hundreds of members of the armed forces are tasked with fighting for our dreams.
“It is very important to see them successfully take this step and be commissioned as officers, we have put in a lot of work over the past four years for their college careers and their ROTC careers,” Steven said. Legate, Texas A&M instructor.
“It really is an end and a beginning today for them, commissioning day is the culmination of the hard work they put in,” said Carl Bird, Texas A&M Instructor.
A cadet who has now become a lieutenant says he is ready to serve his country.
“Over the past 4 years – I’m from Alabama so Texas A&M is somewhere I’ve never been before, it’s been a constant improvement, constant learning – I’m not a military kid like that, so I was tasked to be the first in my family – I can see what the Army has to offer and see the world,” said Logan McNaughton Texas A&M Grad-commanded in the U.S. Army.
Although the thousands here say goodbye to Aggieland, they take the traditions and lessons of Texas A&M with them wherever life takes them.