The Texas A&M San Antonio Jaguars celebrated the university's tenth anniversary today with a celebration featuring A&M System Chancellor John Sharp and other dignitaries, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
A&M San Antonio says it has graduated 10,000 students in its ten years, and Sharp says those numbers are growing rapidly.
"We are right now at 6700 kids and graduated 10,000," he said. I bet you the next time we have one of these events in another ten years, we will have 20,000 students on this campus. This is one of those places were, if you build it, they will come."
Local officials, including Mayor Nirenberg, praised the impact the campus has had to the renaissance of San Antonio's south side. Along with Port San Antonio and Brooks, the campus, which is located south of Loop 410, is considered a cornerstone of the south side.
"This is the fastest growing University in the state," Sharp said. "Certainly in the Texas A&M University system.
The college celebrated by breaking ground on a new classroom building to serve the growing student population, and also received a $1 million gift from the Financial Literacy of South Texas Foundation, which will provide scholarships for students majoring in accounting and finance, as well as for programs sponsored by the Jaguars which will promote financial literacty in the community.