Texas A&M to Host College of Engineering Graduation at Kyle Field

Oct 17, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; General view of Kyle Field before a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; General view of Kyle Field before a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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This fall, rather than graduating at Reed Arena, the Texas A&M school of Engineering will host their graduation at Kyle Field.

According to the university website, Texas A&M has 15,000 engineering students. That number makes it by far the largest college at the university and its size is showing.

That’s right, the engineering program has outgrown the basketball arena. Coincidentally, there are more successful Aggie engineers than basketball players, but that’s a story for another day.

On Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Kyle Field will play host to the graduation ceremony for graduates and undergraduates in Engineering. It will be the final graduation ceremony hosted by the school this Spring.

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Why this move by the University? Frankly they’re running out of room. Reed Arena has a capacity of just under 13,000 seats. My quick math shows that’s probably not enough.

Take 15,000 students, divided into four classes, that’s about 3,750 per class. Say a little more than half of them graduate in the spring. We’re talking about a 2,000 person graduating class.

If each graduate brings only their parents, that’s 4,000 people. But let’s be honest, your graduation was the last time you saw your great-uncle and your nephew-in-law, so I’d say the typical grad has five family members in attendance (some with zero, others with 15).

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You can sit 10,000 people in a 13,000 seat arena, but you get pretty close to running out of elbow room. And we haven’t even factored in friends, significant others, etc.

The full graduation schedule is available here.