District judge to speak at UHV fall graduation ceremony

Nov. 27, 2010 at 5:27 a.m.

Judge Randy M. Clapp, who presides over the 329th Judicial District Court in Wharton County, will deliver the keynote address during the University of Houston-Victoria fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 11.

"Judge Clapp is a longtime supporter and advocate of UHV," Interim President Don Smith said. "He is very familiar with the university from his time as a member and past chairman of the President's Regional Advisory Board."

Clapp was appointed in 2007 by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to his current position. Prior to that, he was an attorney and partner at Duckett, Bouligny & Collins LLP in El Campo and served in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in Fort McClellan, Ala.

"I am deeply honored to be asked to address UHV's graduates," he said. "I hope to inspire them to always reach for their dreams. Being inspirational at a graduation ceremony is not an easy task. I hope that my message will be interesting, insightful, wise, thought-provoking and brief. I know from experience that brevity will be its most endearing quality to most who will listen."

Clapp serves in numerous community organizations. He is director and past president of the El Campo Economic Development Corp., and a member of the board of trustees and past chairman of the West Wharton County Hospital District. He is past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wharton County Junior College, and is a board member of both the Texas Healthcare Trustees and the Northside Education Center. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an elder, trustee and sings in the choir.

UHV holds two graduation ceremonies each year. Spring commencement is in Victoria, while the fall ceremony is held in Katy to better accommodate the number of UHV students who take classes at the UH System at Sugar Land and the UH System at Cinco Ranch.



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