Sam Houston State University welcomes four celebrated Texas figures to speak at the fall 2019 commencement ceremonies on December 13-14 at the Johnson Coliseum. The keynote speakers will help commemorate the success of more than 1,850 graduates. For those who will not be able to attend, the commencement ceremonies will stream live on Sam Houston’s main YouTube page and will also be available for viewing after the event.
On Friday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m., Chief Art Acevedo will address the students of the College of Criminal Justice.
Chief Acevedo serves as the Chief of Police for the Houston Police Department and has maintained the position for three years.
On Friday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., Don Gilbert will speak to the students of the Colleges of Health Sciences and Science and Engineering Technology.
In his career, Gilbert has spent several years in the public health field and was named State Commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation by, then governor, George W. Bush.
On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m., Brian Hall will address the students of the Colleges of Business Administration and Arts and Media.
Hall serves as Manager and Small Business Liaison Officer for Shell Oil Company.
On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m., State Representative Chris Turner will speak to the students of the Colleges of Education and Humanities and Social Sciences.
Turner has served Tarrant County in the Texas Legislature for five terms and represents parts of Arlington and Grand Prairie.