Southwest Texas Junior College will hold its 65th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Uvalde Honey Bowl.
Derek Sandoval, SWTJC kinesiology department chair, will be master of ceremonies at this year's event.
SWTJC Uvalde 2012 graduate Rochell Sanchez of Uvalde, a member of the Catholic Club, will deliver the invocation. Graduates Carla Rios of Cotulla and Noe Zarate of Carrizo Springs will lead the singing of The National Anthem.
Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., SWTJC president, will introduce college trustees and honored guests, and SWTJC Dean of Technology and Institutional Advancement Dr. Blaine Bennett will introduce the keynote speaker. MAP TO GRADUATION SITE
Dr. Robert Aguero, vice president for instruction and student services at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, TX. will deliver the keynote address. A native of the Nueces Canyon, Aguero is an alumnus of SWTJC and was also on the staff at SWTJC from 1982-1991, serving in a variety of positions including instructor, assistant to the president and dean of instruction.
Dean of Admissions and Student Services Joe Barker will present the graduating class and SWTJC trustee Tony Moreno, along with board president Rodolfo R. Flores, vice president Dr. Harry O. Watkins, secretary Dr. Antonio H. Rivera, and trustees Anita Shackelford, and Maria Elena Lara will award diplomas and certificates.
SWTJC Dean of Instructional Services Hector E. Gonzales will recognize honor graduates and outstanding students in individual technical programs.
Jason Schlichting of Reagan Wells, a student at SWTJC Uvalde, will be organist for the ceremony.
Friends and family are not allowed on the field or track until after the ceremony is over.
"We will have a photographer on hand taking photos of the graduates as they receive their diplomas," Barker said. "After the ceremony is over everyone is welcome to come on the field and take additional photos."
In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the La Forge Hall gymnasium on the SWTJC Uvalde campus, located at 2401 Garner Field Road.
Following the ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to a reception in the Matthews Student Center on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.
This year's graduation program lists a total of 488 students who will be receiving associate degrees. An additional 259 students will receive certificates in various technical programs.
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