Regional GED graduates recognized Jan. 21 in Uvalde

Email this article 01/23/2012

GED GraduationA total of 92 students from across Southwest Texas were honored on Jan. 21 during the 17th Regional GED Ceremony hosted in Uvalde by the SWTJC Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program.

Graduates were from six area communities including Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Hondo and Uvalde.

Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Adult Basic Education Romelia Aranda, welcomed graduates and their guests to the ceremony held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom.

Keynote speaker was Greg Souquette, H.E.B. Sr. Vice President and General Manager for the San Antonio West Region. Souquette, a graduate of Uvalde High School, also attended SWTJC in Uvalde and went on to receive his B.A. from Southwest Texas State University. He has been with H.E.B. for the last 42 years.

Souquette spoke about some of the obstacles he overcame in his life. "I came to Uvalde at the age of six and my dad was dying of Leukemia," Souquette said. "My dad passed away three months later and I wondered what life was going to bring." Souquette urged the graduates not to lose this momentum and continue this path of continuous improvement.  

Following Souquette's speech, Dean of Institutional Advancement and Technology Blaine Bennett, assisted in presenting certificates of completion to the graduates.

A reception was held immediately following the ceremony for the graduates, their families and guests.

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