COLLEGE STATION- Army veteran and food science and technology major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences received one of the highest honors at Texas A&M University.
Joshua Sutton received the Robert Gates-Muller Family Outstanding Student Award. The award is given to the one exceptional senior graduating from Texas A&M who has demonstrated qualities of leadership, patriotism, and courage. The award is named in honor of former US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. The award is recognized as one of three top honors for graduating seniors.
Sutton is a United States Army veteran who spent six years as a flight engineer and crew chief on military helicopter. He served overseas in Afghanistan and in South Korea. He credits the Army with developing his time management and decision-making skills that he applied to his schooling.
“I feel the military allowed me to be disciplined and focused once I attended school,” said Sutton. “I know my education is a tool and a resource for me to be successful in the future, and I imagine the military helped me realize that.”
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is home to 185 of the 1,200 student veterans attending Texas A&M University. Of those student veterans in the college, almost half of them are the first in their family to attend university.
“His leadership, dedication and motivation to assist others has been a key to success for countless student veterans,” said retired Marine Corps Col. Gerald Smith, director Texas A&M University Veteran Resource and Support Center.“This award is well deserved for one of our Aggie veterans who has a very promising future after his military service.”
This year’s graduation is projected to award more than 10,000 degrees this month. It is Texas A&M University’s largest graduation to date.
“Josh represents to best of the best graduating seniors at Texas A&M. His exemplary six years of military service to his country followed by his excellence in leadership at Texas A&M University through the Corps of Cadets, speak to his dedication and commitment,” Dr. Chris Skaggs, associate dean for student development. “His future successes will obviously reflect favorably on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M University.”
Sutton graduates May 12 magna cum laude and has accepted a job offer with H-E-B, a San Antonio-based retailer. Sutton will be joining them there as an associate product development manager.