A total of 53 graduates completed the High School Equivalency (HSE) program, with 17 donning caps and gowns on Saturday, August 13 to commemorate their accomplishment.
Dr. Olga M. Escamilla, AEL Director served as Master of Ceremony and began with a general welcome to family, friends and special guests such as, Dr. Harry O. Watkins, SWTJC Board Member and various program instructors and supervisors.
Deacon Daniel Ibarra delivered both the invocation and benediction, while Alexis Vera, Uvalde High School choir member sang a flawless acapella rendition of the National Anthem.
Tina M. Diaz-Decker, Middle Rio Grande program specialist, conveyed the motivational keynote address to the graduates.
She expressed to them that “Obtaining your TX-CHSE not only reflects credit upon yourself – but, also models the example and blazes the trail for others to follow."
Romelia Aranda, Dean of Workforce Education and Dr. Mark E. Underwood presented the certificates of completion to the graduates.
After the presentation of certificates students were allowed to reflect on their accomplishment at the podium.
Graduates from Uvalde and the area included Claudia Castillo, Sergio Castillo, Kathie Castro, Caren Cortez, Krista Grant, Thelma Hernandez, Nicholas Hise, Christopher Martinez, Bianca Mata, Michael Moos, Farrah Pickens, Tyressa Schaefer, Remberto Tijerina and Madeline Torres, and Jonathon Gass from Knippa.
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