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Texas A&M Sets New Graduation Record

Spring in the Brazos Valley brings an exciting moment for thousands of our area's students, as they receive their diplomas from Texas A&M University and enter the workforce. The upcoming commencement ceremonies are extra special.
During events throughout May 2019, 10,767 degrees will be presented to Aggie graduates, the vast majority on the College Station campus. According to the university, this will set a new record for graduates during a single commencement period, topping the Spring 2018 total by more than 200.
In addition, A&M will pass the 500,000 alumni (known as "Former Students") mark.
"These milestones are reflective of our commitment to bring higher education to all who seek it," wrote Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young in an April 30 letter. "And as we moved into the ranks of the world's top research institutions, we have held close to the values and traditions that have served us well since opening our doors to students in 1876."
A&M is the oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. It is also the largest, with the university reporting an enrollment of 69,367 in Fall 2018. Of that, 64,126 students were enrolled in classes at the College Station campus, with the remaining students at branch campuses. The City of College Station has been home to A&M since its first day, with the City of Bryan now home to A&M's Health Science Center.
In late 2018, the university announced it had surpassed the $900 million mark in research and development expenditures. That is the most of any Texas institution, tenth among public universities nationwide, and 19th overall in the country in the National Science Foundation's rankings.
The Texas A&M University System has its flagship university in Brazos County, but it now also has the first-of-its-kind, recently-created RELLIS Campus. Through the RELLIS Academic Alliance, students can be educated and trained through the System's other universities and agencies. The Alliance also includes the Blinn College District, one of the state's largest community colleges. With Blinn's second Bryan campus located on the RELLIS Campus, there is a seamless pathway from a two-year education to a four-year degree.
Thousands of students will be trained and educated through RELLIS annually. It provides Brazos Valley companies with an even deeper talent and workforce pool from which to draw, along with an even wider range of collaborative opportunities with research and technology.