BRYAN, Texas — This May, during commencement ceremonies, Texas A&M University will surpass 500,000 former students and record more than 500,000 degrees granted since its opening in 1876, according to Texas A&M today.

"These milestones are reflective of our commitment to our land-grant mission to bring higher education to all who seek it, to develop leaders of character, and to pursue excellence in teaching, research and service," Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young said. "Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for being part of this historic moment, and thank you to each and every Aggie who came before for providing the foundation upon which we will continue to build."

Texas A&M University will award a record 10,767 degrees this May at 15 ceremonies across Texas and at its branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar. The university will award over 7,860 undergraduate diplomas and almost 3,000 graduate and professional degrees.