Speaker Welch is A&M dean

Dr. Welch Dr. Welch Texas A&M business school dean Ben Welch will address the 111-candidate graduating class of Rockdale High School as they pick up diplomas during commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field.

C om menc e - ment will also feature speeches by valedictorian Thomas Merka IV and salutat orian Jason K or enek . T he KC Ha l l, e a st of town on US 79, is the alternate site in case of bad weather, according to RHS Principal Chad Jones.

Dr. Welch is assistant dean for executive education for the Center for Executive Development and clinical professor for the depart- ment of management in A&M's Mays Business School.

He has a BBA from the university of Dayton, master of science from Houston Baptist and a doctorate from Texas A&M.

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Welch has twice been named professor of the year by the Management Society and was Texas A&M's teacher of the year in 1993-94.

He has had a Fish Camp (freshmen) and T-Camp named for him.

Dr. Welch was A&M's mentor of the year in 1999, won the University-wide Association of Former Students Award for Teaching in 2005 and last year was awarded the 2008 Dean's Roundtable Award for Outstanding Educator.

He is faculty advisor to the Aggie Men's Club.

Dr. Welch will be introduced by valedictorian Merka.


Patti Free, senior class treasurer, will give the opening, Krysten Brooks, senior class secretary will give a reading.

Haley Miller, student body president, will provide the welcome.

Jones will recognize students with averages of 90 and above and will present the Class of 2009, which will be accepted by Supt. Dr. Howell Wright.

Diplomas will be awarded by James Birkhead, president of the Rockdale ISD board of trustees.

Charayne Inman, senior class vice-president, will give the closing.

Processional and recessional will be played by the RHS Big Blue Band, under the direction of Joe Ray.

Programs will be distributed by Casey Bean, Rachelle Coumont and Kaitlynn Sieber.

Ushers will be Travis Fisher and Lance Loewe.

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