Southwest Texas Junior College hosted the 20th Annual Regional GED Commencement Ceremony on July 13 in Uvalde.
A total of 119 graduates from across the region were recognized for completing General Educational Devlopment (GED) requirements, during the ceremony held in the ballroom of the Matthews Student Center.
The ceremony was organized by the Adult Basic Education department at SWTJC. Romelia Aranda, dean of adult basic education and workforce training and development, served as master of ceremonies.
SWTJC Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Underwood gave the official welcome to graduates and their support system of parents, grandparents, spouses and friends.
Roberto Fernandez, the current mayor of the City of Del Rio, was the keynote speaker. Mayor Fernandez, a longtime educator and former superintendent of the San Felipe - Del Rio ISD, encouraged the graduates to find the courage within themselves to persevere. He shared stories of his early life and barriers he overcame to succeed in his educational pursuits.
"You don't have to be the smartest student in class to succeed," Fernandez said. "But you do have to have the courage and determination to persevere and move forward in realizing incremental goals as you seek out opportunity."
Also participating in the ceremony were graduates Alyssa Morales of Eagle Pass and Marcelina Perez of Del Rio who delivered the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, respectively. The benedicition was given by Misael Gonzalez, an Eagle Pass graduate.
Dr. Underwood, Mayor Fernandez, Dean Aranda and members of the ABE staff awarded certificates to all graduates in attendance.
Distance learning students who worked both in the classroom and online to earn their GED credential were given special recognition and included Jose Hernandez, Ana Lira, Lionel Mata, Debbie Mendoza, Misael Gonzalez, Juliana Rodriguez, Dora Ramirez and Rene Rodriguez.
Graduates from the 38th Judicial District Community Corrections Facility in Uvalde included Casey Abbott, Kiah Andersen, Stevie Cardona, Daniel Dobbs, Elizabeth Miller, Eduardo Navarrete, Carlos Roman, Natashua Russell, Ashley Sanchez and Ginger Thomas.
Uvalde Learning Center graduates included Mahala Benton, Vincent Cruz, Calvin Culpepper, Dora Delgado, Sabrina Diaz, Elisia Espinoza, Andres Galvan, Paola Gomez, Fred Gonzales, Angela Gonzalez, Jesse Gutierrez, Lakin Hardy, Alyssa Huerta, Juan Ledezma and Sabrina Lopez.
Other Uvalde Learning Center graduates were Justin Maldonado, Pedro Martinez, Patricia McElwain, Dora Ramirez, Ramiro Rangel, Omero Reyes, Kenny Roach, Brenda Rodriguez, Denise Rodriguez, Rene Rodriguez, Olga Rodriguez, Teodor Rodriguez, Heidy R. Revolorio and Maria Villanueva.
Graduates from the Del Rio Educational Center included Joshua Acevedo, Stephanie Avalos, Humberto Blancarte, Kristina Castillo, Connie Castro, Gabriela Flores, Miguel Flores, Ricardo Franco, Cynthia Gamez, John Lee Garcia, Sarah Garcia, Alicia Gonzales and Kelvin Green.
Also graduating in Del Rio were Jose Hernandez, Margarita Hooper, Jose Jasso, Cruz Lantgen, Ana Lira, Lee Ann Loera, Lionel Mata, Debbie Mendoza, Marisa Mesta, Victor Meza, Marcelina Perez, Megan Ramirez, Patricia Rubio, Kayla Trevino, Marco Valdez, Sarah Vargas, Matthew Vazquez and Lorena Villanueva.
Earning GEDs from the Eagle Pass Extension Center were Erik Alarcon, Olivia Alcantar, Mayra Arevalo, Betha Berlanga, Juan Cadena, Haley Espinoza, Gabriel Estrada, Erik Felan, Jesse Felan, Diana Garza, Mauricio Garza, Ruth gonzales, Misael Gonzalez, Bernabe Hernandez, Alejandra Lopez and Wendy Montalvo.
Other Eagle Pass Extension Center graduates were Alyssa Morales, Stephanie Nolasco, Abigail Ocura, Martha Pena, Claudia Posada, Jesus Ramirez, Roxanne Ramos, Victor Ramos, Angel Rodriguez, Jesus Rodriguez, San Juana Rodriguez, Abigail Sebastian, Amelia Tibbs, Bertha T. Mendoza and Karissa Vijarro.
Graduates from the Eagle Pass Housing Authority include Marie Bosque, Cecilia Galindo and Juanita Ramirez.
Earning their GEDs at the Crystal City Extension Center were Alicia Avila, Andrea Ballesteros, Angel Cazares, Clemente De La Cruz III, Izaak Gonzales, Brandy Hernandez, Melissa Jauregui, Audrey Lopez and Blanca Tobias.
Graduates from the South Texas Regional Training Center in Hondo were Anita Coz-Santana, Taylor Fralick, Avery Green Rothe, Angel Leyva, Juanita Palmer and Juliana Rodriguez.
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