Benny Agosto, Jr. '95 will be the featured speaker at the Fall 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 14, at the Hilton Americas-Houston.
Agosto is a partner in Houston-based Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Texas. A long-time supporter of South Texas, he and his family lend their names to The Benny and Nikki Agosto and Family Children's Playroom located in the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics, on tenth floor of the law school.
Born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico, Agosto received his undergraduate degree from Houston Baptist University, where he played NCAA Division I soccer. He taught science and coached soccer before attending South Texas College of Law/Houston, graduating in 1995.
A leader in the legal community, Agosto was the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA's) president from 2011-2012. He is a cofounder of the HNBA’s Legal Education Fund, which raises money for minority scholarships.
Agosto is founder of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas (MABATx) Foundation, which helps young, Hispanic, Houston-area law students through scholarships. Agosto is a member of many bar associations in Texas and sits on the boards of several. He is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker, has published numerous articles, and has received many awards and honors, including being named to Texas Lawyer’s list of Texas Super Lawyers from 2004 to 2013. He was named one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders by Latino Leaders Magazine in 2012 and 2011 and received the State Bar of Texas 2006 President’s Certificate of Merit.
Commencement is free and open to the public. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Americas. Following commencement, a reception to celebrate the occasion will take place in the prefunction area located outside of the ballroom.