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Texas A&M-Galveston Celebrates Its Largest Summer Commencement On Record

August 8, 2018


GALVESTON, Aug. 8, 2018 — The Texas A&M University at Galveston summer 2018 commencement with 86 graduates is the largest summer graduation in the institution’s 56-year history.  The event is one of three Texas A&M University commencements representing more than 2,200 degrees awarded between the College Station, Galveston and Doha, Qatar, campuses.

Marine transportation degrees were earned by the largest percentage of Galveston graduates.

“This record number of summer graduates on our Galveston campus shows the determination and character of these young leaders who worked hard this summer, many of whom I sailed with as they completed their last requirements in a summer sea term,” said Col. Michael E. Fossum, the chief operating officer at the Texas A&M-Galveston campus.  “I am very proud of all of our graduates this summer for their accomplishments, and I know they are well prepared for the futures ahead of them.”

Texas A&M-Galveston commencement ceremonies end with a moving and time-honored sea tradition whereby the striking of a ship’s bell signifies a change of watch.  At the close of each graduation ceremony, the graduate with the highest grade point average strikes the ship’s bell eight times reflecting that the graduating class has achieved its goals, and the graduates are embarking on the next stage of their lives.

Texas A&M-Galveston’s summer 2018 commencement is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Grand 1894 Opera House located at 2020 Post Office St. in Galveston.

Guests are encouraged to park in the garage at 2100 Market St.  Limited parking is also available in lots located at the corners of 21st and Post Office St., 21st and Market St., and 20th and Post Office St., and in pay-by-phone street spaces throughout the downtown Galveston area.  Fees are charged at each parking area.  Improperly parked vehicles are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.


Media contact: Bob Wright, Marketing and Communications:, Office 409 740-4840, Cell 713 586-9870

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