More than 800 Mays students tossed their caps into the air on May 13 in a commencement ceremony kicked off by 2002 Mays Outstanding Alumni Award winner and Pier 1 CEO Marvin Girouard ’61. Girouard recounted the path his life took, urging graduates to look for similar opportunities to craft a career from the things they most love, before sending them off into their lives with a “Gig ‘Em.”

Graduating this spring were 508 undergraduate business students, 60 MBA students, 12 master’s in land economics and real estate, and 236 master’s of science students.

Texas A&M and the Association of Former Students named two business graduates at the ceremony as the 2005 Distinguished Alumni: Judge Willie E.B. Blackmon ’73, a retired Air Force attorney and municipal court judge in Houston, and Jerry S. Cox ’72, president and chairman of Cox & Perkins Exploration Inc. and namesake along with his wife Kay ’02 of Cox Hall, Wehner’s new wing.

Also during the ceremony, December Mays graduate Matt Josefy ’04, a former student body president and Professional Program graduate, was awarded the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award, the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior. He was one of two students university-wide to win the award this year.

Two business graduates and members of the Corps of Cadets were also honored as the top cadets in their ROTC units during the campus spring military commissioning ceremonies. Doherty Awards, given to the most outstanding graduating cadets entering the military through an ROTC program, were presented to: Andrew J. Hightower of Houston, a finance graduate and newly commissioned Army man; and one of the Air Force’s newest, Aaron G. Kinsey of Canton, a Professional Program student who graduated with a BBA in accounting and a master’s in finance.