5,734 Graduates Embark on New Paths

If TCC graduates thought their test-taking days were over, they found out they were wrong when commencement speaker Luis Ponjuan gave them three tips for their “final exam called LIFE.” He encouraged graduates to “Think Bigger,” “Go Further” and “Do Greater.”

Luis Ponjuan
Luis Ponjuan

Ponjuan, nationally known as an advocate for programs that help male students of color achieve academic success and college completion, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Graduates waiting in line
Students waiting in line for diplomas

A total of 6,627 degrees and certificates were awarded to 5,734 graduates who were eligible for degrees from summer and fall 2013 and spring 2014. 

Graduates leaving stage with diplomas
Graduates leaving the stage with diplomas in hand

The first Early College High School students in Tarrant County also earned their associate degrees, and they did so before earning high school diplomas.

Early College High School students
Early College High School students gather around Toro