Dual SWTJC commencement ceremonies draw large crowds

Email this article 05/17/2017

Uvalde, TX, May 15 –  Changes to the SWTJC commencement procedures made this year’s ceremonies different from those held in the past. FRIDAY PHOTOS


This year, the annual spring commencement was divided up into two ceremonies. SATURDAY PHOTOS


According to SWTJC Registrar Luis Fernandez, college administration felt the graduation ceremony had outgrown any facility in Uvalde.


“Administration elected to have two commencement ceremonies because of the size of this graduation class,” said Fernandez.


Technical program students had their ceremony on Friday night (May 12) while academic students had their ceremony on Saturday (May 13) at the Uvalde Honey Bowl.


A total of 543 graduates participated in the ceremonies. Taking part in the ceremonies were December 2016, May 2017 graduates, and August 2017 candidates for graduation.


Lorenda Cordova of Del Rio, delivered the invocation during Friday night’s ceremony, while Joanna Castro, of Eagle Pass, delivered Saturday’s invocation.


SWTJC 2015 Graduate Ruth Alcantar of Uvalde led the singing of The National Anthem for both ceremonies.

Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., SWTJC President, delivered a short address, where he congratulated the graduates and welcomed the family and friends. Gonzales also offered the graduates one last bit of advice.

“Remember that opportunities are everywhere, the challenge is to recognize them and don’t let fear get in your way,” Gonzales said. “You are educated. You are our future. Go and change the world.”  


Derek Sandoval, vice president of administrative services, introduced college trustees and honored guests, and SWTJC Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Underwood, Ph.D., introduced keynote speaker Dora Alcala, former Mayor of the Del Rio.


SWTJC Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Underwood, Ph.D., recognized honors graduates.


SWTJC trustees including Dr. Harry Watkins, Tony Moreno, Elena Lara and Rodolfo R. Flores of Uvalde, Victor Lopez and Dr. Antonio Rivera of Crystal City, and Anita Shackelford of Leakey all took part in the presentation of degrees and certificates.


Following the ceremonies, graduates and their families were treated to a light reception hosted by the college at the Uvalde Honey Bowl.


Graduates interested in purchasing their graduation photo can do so at www.carpenterpics.com. 

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