Featured: Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortéz, left, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, flash the famous Texas Longhorns “Hook ’em” sign on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 during a photo session soon after Cortez took his oath of office during a ceremony held in the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court room, located on the 1st floor, at 100 E. Cano Street.
Photograph Courtesy JULIA SULLIVAN
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine helping to keep best and brightest talent at home in deep South Texas
When I authored Senate Bill 24, the legislation that created the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and UTRGV School of Medicine, in 2013, the main goal of the bill was to provide world-class educational opportunities to the people of South Texas and empower a traditionally underserved community. In less than five years of existence, UTRGV has accomplished that and much more.
On Friday, December 14, 2018 and Saturday, December 15, 2018, UTRGV graduated more than 2,500 students during Fall 2018 Commencement ceremonies. The graduates include members of UTRGV’s first freshman class that began when the school opened in August 2015. These future leaders will undoubtedly contribute to the thriving RGV and Texas economy.
In almost no time at all, UTRGV has risen through the ranks to become the fourth-best university in Texas according to Best-Colleges.com . This has been accomplished with a student body that closely resembles the region itself. UTRGV has the largest Hispanic enrollment in Texas, is second nationally in undergraduate four-year degrees to Hispanics, and is fourth nationally for graduate degrees awarded to Hispanics.
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