WTAMU Alumna to Speak at Centennial Commencement
West Texas A&M University alumna Jimmie Vaughn-Adams, senior strategic human resources adviser with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will serve as guest speaker when West Texas A&M University conducts its Centennial Commencement exercises Saturday, May 8 at the First United Bank Center on campus.
Vaughn-Adams will speak twice: at the 10 a.m. commencement for students in the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering, the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and again at the 3 p.m. commencement for students in the College of Business and the College of Education and Social Sciences.
A total of 906 students have applied for spring graduation, including 688 undergraduates and 218 graduate students. The spring commencement exercises will celebrate the University’s 100th anniversary, and specially-designed Centennial diplomas will be handed out to WTAMU graduates in maroon (undergraduates) and black (graduates) robes. The 2010 tassel rings will bear the University’s Centennial logo.
“We wanted to choose a speaker that would send the right message for the University’s Centennial,” Dr. Robert DeOtte, associate professor of environmental engineering and member of the centennial speaker committee, said. “A WT graduate was attractive to us, one who would strongly identify with the University and could speak to our students. We have accomplished that with Jimmie Vaughn.”
Vaughn-Adams, a native of Amarillo, was an active member of Amarillo’s Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and graduated from Carver High School. She majored in education and speech at what was then West Texas State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1972. She also has earned two master’s degrees, one in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C., in 2008 and another in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., in 2009.
Since graduating from WTAMU, Vaughn-Adams has found success in personnel management for the military in a career that dates back to 1981. Her years of experience have given her a deep understanding and knowledge of federal and Department of Defense human resources programs and principles.
She currently serves as senior strategic human resources adviser with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, a position she has held since July 2009. As a senior strategic human resources adviser, she is considered an expert on National Security Professional Development (NSPD) and makes sure professional governmental staffers possess knowledge of national security objectives for national security operations here and abroad. She also is responsible for tracking legislative initiatives that impact NSPD and oversees NSPD human capital framework.
She visited the WTAMU campus in September and spoke to students in the College of Education and Social Sciences. She looks forward to returning to her alma mater and speaking to the Centennial Class of 2010.
West Texas A&M University conducts three commencement ceremonies each year, in December, May and August.