Last week I was proud to witness not only history, but the culmination of years of hard work in the legislature when Texas A&M San Antonio officially became a four-year institution, welcoming over 500 freshman students.
It was an honor and privilege to join the first freshman class in their new tradition, the Jaguar March, which is a one-mile march across campus, beginning at the bell tower. The march is one of many traditions that will originate from this year's freshman class, and aims to build school spirit and camaraderie. I may have been the only person in a suit; luckily it was a cool 95 degrees!
Before I joined the students in the march, I was honored with the "keys to the campus" along with the Universities’ first Community Award.
As we marched up towards the University during the inaugural Jaguar March, I couldn’t help but reflect on how this university will provide opportunities and change the lives of entire families, not only on the Southside of San Antonio but for a large portion of Senate District 19.
I hope that next time you are on the Southside you will take a few minutes to see the gorgeous campus. The footprint may not be large at the moment, but the potential and the momentum are certainly on the upswing.
You will be hearing a lot more about the Texas A&M University—San Antonio Jaguars across our community, and I hope you will spread the word that the higher education needs of the Southside of San Antonio and of District 19 are one step closer to being met.