Gen. Petraeus to speak at Texas A&M commencement convocation May 13
COLLEGE STATION — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in the war against terrorism in the Middle East and Central Asia, will be the spring commencement convocation speaker at Texas A&M University on May 13, announced University President R. Bowen Loftin.
Gen. Petraeus has headed the U.S. Central Command since October of 2008, when he relinquished command of the Multi- National Force in Iraq. He also led coalition forces in the surge initiative that paved the way for the ensuing relative stability under a democratically elected government.
Commencement convocation is a relatively new Texas A&M tradition in which all members of a graduating class have the opportunity to assemble together, along with family members and friends in an informal setting. It is a prelude to the degree candidates formally receiving their degrees in subsequent ceremonies aligned by the academic colleges represent ing their major fields of study.
Commencement convocation, open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Reed Arena. It is a ticketed event, but free tickets are available at the Memorial Student Center box Office on campus.