Lone Star State Graduates to Gather in Corpus Christi

June 21, 2010

Lone_Star_States Saint Leo University’s Continuing Education Center at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi will host a commencement ceremony for 2010 Texas graduates at 7 p.m., Friday, June 25, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Corpus Christi.

The degree recipients will be addressed by one of the state’s leaders in Catholic education and in Catholic and community-based philanthropy, John F. Hughes of Dallas. Hughes (pictured) retired in May after serving for seven years as the president of the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Foundation. He is also a former member of the advisory board of Catholic Charities of Dallas and currently serves as an endowment trustee for that organization. Hughes had a long and successful career in finance prior to his tenure with Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

The speaker also shares other points in common with his Saint Leo audience and their families. Hughes is a 1964 graduate of Saint Leo College Preparatory School, a Catholic Benedictine institution that was a predecessor of today’s Saint Leo University, so he is considered one of Saint Leo’s nearly 60,000 alumni. And in his young adulthood, Hughes served for four years in the U.S. Navy.

Hughes’ audience will include students who studied at NAS Corpus Christi, at the now closed Naval Station Ingleside, and online from other communities in Texas. About 30 graduates from the class of 2010 are expected at the commencement ceremony. Another 10 are deployed on military assignments or unable to attend for other reasons. All 40 graduates are acknowledged in the university’s commencement program.

The class of 2010 includes 25 students who earned the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. They studied disciplines including business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice and human resources administration. Twelve people studied for the Associate of Arts in either liberal arts or business administration. Another three students earned the Master of Business Administration degree.

The two student speakers are each receiving a bachelor’s degree. Christopher Newland of Austin is graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in human resources administration. He is recently retired from the U.S. Navy and had been stationed until his retirement at NAS Corpus Christi. Gena Oestreich of Port Aransas will receive the Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.

Saint Leo University has been educating adult students from the military and civilian communities of the Coastal Bend since 1995, and serves learners of all faiths and backgrounds. Classes for undergraduate degrees are conducted at NAS Corpus Christi, and at two community locations in San Patricio County, at Humble Community Center in Ingleside, and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Portland. The Master of Business Administration degree is offered online.