Rio Grande College Commencement Ceremony Set for Saturday

Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College will hold the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the John Harrell Auditorium at Uvalde High School in Uvalde.

W. J. "Bill" Rankin will deliver the commencement address. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Blue Bell Creameries since 1981. Under his tenure, the company has grown from five branch operations in Texas to 58 branch operations in 23 states and from 500 employees to more than 3,800 employees. Mr. Rankin graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with an accounting major and then earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine. He earned SRSU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

An active community member, Mr. Rankin has served on the Brenham I.S.D. school board and currently serves on the board of the Washington County Boys and Girls Club as well as on the Board of Directors of the Brazos River Authority. He is involved in Christian outreach with his work as a Gideon and is active in his church. He and his wife Lois have been married 41 years and have two children and four grandchildren.