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DCCCD Graduates Include College, High School Students - May 2012


For immediate release — May 1, 2012

(DALLAS) — The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” stir memories of graduation that include the swish of silk robes and the toss of tasseled mortarboards. This spring, hundreds of students are graduating from the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges, with family members and friends on hand to celebrate their accomplishments.

Among the 300 candidates at Eastfield College who will receive associate degrees are 47 students from Lakeview Centennial High School who comprise the first LCHS group to graduate from Eastfield’s dual credit program. LCHS is part of the Garland Independent School District. The May 10 ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall.

In Dallas, 45 students from the Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College also will receive their associate degrees as they march across the stage on May 9.

A full list of graduation ceremonies and speakers is provided below.

Sunday, May 6:

  • El Centro College — 3 p.m., Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk in Dallas, with commencement speaker Dr. LaCheeta McPherson, El Centro’s executive dean of health and legal studies.

Wednesday, May 9:

  • Mountain View College — 7 p.m., Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk in Dallas, with commencement speaker Dr. John Ellis Price, president of the University of North Texas Dallas.

Thursday, May 10:

  • Brookhaven College — 7 p.m., Loos Field House, 3850 Spring Valley Road in Addison, with commencement speaker Adrien Cuellar McGuire, Brookhaven College professor of humanities and cultural studies and the school’s Minnie Stevens Piper Professor nominee.

  • Cedar Valley College — 7 p.m., Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas, with commencement speaker Travis Reindl, program director of the education division for the National Governors Association.

  • Eastfield College — 7:30 p.m., Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, with commencement speaker Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., DCCCD’s chancellor. The Outstanding Alumnus message will be delivered by EFC graduate Mike Maberry, assistant director of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii.

  • Richland College — 7:30 p.m., Special Events Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Road in Garland, with commencement speaker Becki Williams, chemistry professor and recipient of the Richland College Excellence in Teaching Award.

Saturday, May 12

  • North Lake College — 10 a.m., Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road in Addison, with commencement speaker Wesley Jameson, the newest member of the DCCCD board of trustees who represents District 5.

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Press contact: Ann Hatch