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Commencement Spotlight: David Jimenez Gomez Jr.

May 9, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

The Commencement Spotlight series highlights graduating Bearkats with a “can-do” spirit through challenges and service.


Daivid GomezDavid Jimenez Gomez Jr.             

Carrizo Springs, Texas   
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice    

As a first-generation student starting out at Sam Houston State University, David Jimenez Gomez Jr. struggled with finding himself.

“Sam Houston helped me learn who I was as a student and as a young man,” Gomez said. “This university gave me the strength to overcome my challenges in discovering what my next steps and goals would be, or even who I wanted to be.”

Throughout his college experience, Gomez found ways to get involved in campus life. He joined several student organizations, like ELITE and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He also became a Welcome Week leader and a student orientation leader.

“As cliché as it sounds, being part of organizations and clubs at Sam gave me a home away from home experience and the motivation to grow as an individual. SHSU and the surrounding Huntsville community has supported me with open arms and has continuously motivated me to be a better individual and a better Bearkat.”

In the spirit of the university motto, his college journey also included community service, by volunteering for the Good Shepherd Mission, Boys & Girls Club of Walker County and MD Anderson.

In a span of 2.5 years at Sam Houston, Gomez will graduate early this May and plans to continue his path in graduate school next.

“I’m honored to have left my mark at SHSU. Now, from an alumni perspective, I’ll enjoy watching younger Bearkats leave their marks as well. I want to encourage them to always stay true to themselves and make those amazing connections, just as I did.”

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