First Hispanic Aggies


Early Aggies came from Texas and Latin America.

Earliest Known
Hispanic Graduate


José Angel Ortíz
Class of 1891

José Angel Ortíz, class of 1891, is the earliest known Hispanic graduate of Texas A&M. He was born in Laredo, Texas to Juan Ortíz and Jesúsa Farias de Ortíz, who had three other children — Bruna, Emilia and Santos. He entered Texas A&M in 1887, taking courses in mechanical engineering through his junior year. It appears that he did not attend school during the 1890 – 91 school year. He returned to A&M in the fall of 1891 and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. After graduation, he returned to Laredo where he enjoyed a distinguished career while also serving many years as city treasurer.

Earliest Known Undergraduate Hispanic Woman Graduate


Dr. Mary Catherine (Cantu) Custer
Class of 1969

Since the Siempre exhibit was first presented in 2006, new information regarding the contributions of Hispanic students on campus has come to light. Dr. Mary Catherine (Cantu) Custer is now regarded as the earliest known Hispanic woman to graduate from Texas A&M. She was a member of the Class of 1969 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.


Irma G. Alvarado
Class of 1970

At the time of the Siempre exhibit, Irma G. Alvarado was the earliest known Hispanic woman to graduate from Texas A&M. She was a member of the Class of 1970 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education.



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