Blair to speak at ceremony
Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:08
A couple thousand Aggies will sit in Rudder Auditorium next week as they take the first step toward their future
For women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair, Texas A&M University has been home for 9 years and during his time here, he has seen players step out into the world. Come Aug. 9, he will be delivering the commencement speech to students as they step out.
Blair first arrived at Texas A&M University in 2003 after 10 years as the head coach of the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks, where he led them to the 1998 Final Four. After taking over the head coaching position, he led the Aggies to seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances. And most historic of all, he took them to their first NCAA Final and National Championship in 2011.
He is one of the winningest active Division I coaches in the women’s game with 620 victories and is also one of only three coaches all-time in NCAA women’s to lead two schools to the NCAA Women’s Final Four. This year he was named as one of the inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Blair graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 after a tour with U.S. Marine Corps. He then complete his master’s in education in 1974.
University President R. Bowen Loftin told TAMUTimes he believes that Blair will give an engaging message to the graduates.
“Coach Blair is not only highly successful in leading and inspiring young women to excel on the basketball court, in the classroom and in life generally, but he has also proved to be an extraordinary good-will ambassador for Texas A&M as he interacts with the public and the media in his unique manner,” Loftin said.
The conferment of degree ceremonies is on August 10 at 9 a.m. for graduates of the Bush Government and Public Service, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Mays Business, Dwight Look Engineering, and Geosciences. The other conferment will begin at 2 p.m. for the graduates of Architecture, Education and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Science, and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Students with GPAs of 3.50 or higher will graduate with honors. A GPA of 3.50 – 3.69 is Cum Laude, 3.70 – 3.89 is Magna Cum Laude, and 3.90 – 4 .00 will graduate Summa Cum Laude.