Sam Rayburn Student Center Grand Opening

KETR was on hand for the official Grand Opening of the new Sam Rayburn Student Center on the A&M-Commerce campus and you can listen to the audio from the broadcast and ceremony here.

Sam Rayburn Student Center Grand Opening

Speaking at the grand opening are Student Government President Byron Johnson, A&M-Commerce President Dan Jones, and Dr. Frank Ashley, vice chancellor for academic affairs of the Texas A&M University System.

The Sam Rayburn Statue was also dedicated. Dr. Randy McBroom, A&M-Commerce interim associate vice president for academic affairs, spoke about Rayburn, longtime speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a graduate of East Texas Normal College, founding institution of A&M-Commerce.

Rayburn of Bonham served in Congress for almost 50 years. He died in 1961.

The bronze statue placed in front of the new $25.4 million student center was sculpted by Gordon Thomas of Greenville, retired A&M-Commerce staff member.