On behalf of the Board of Trustees for the Dallas County Community College District, congratulations on your graduation! During these unprecedented times there were no instruction manuals, yet you committed yourselves to your classes, stayed the course and achieved your dreams.
We want you to be ready for new jobs and new opportunities. We also want you to be prepared for change. You must be able to adapt to dynamic, real-life situations and each of you have proven that you can do just that during this pandemic. You are entering a tough job market, and you are tough too. We've instilled in you an "Education That Works," regardless of your next step in life - whether you are transferring to a university to continue your education or entering the workforce.
The District's colleges enroll students of all ages and from all walks of life. The students at our seven colleges reflect and represent our multifaceted communities. You, our graduates, are the reason for our existence and you are an integral part of the beautiful, diverse social fabric that is Dallas County.
Very soon, our seven colleges will become a single institution - Dallas College. You are the last class of students that will graduate from the seven individual colleges, and we are especially proud of this historymaking class of graduates. Your determination and grit to finish strong will be remembered for years to come. Congratulations!
El Centro College
El Centro College aspires to be the college of choice for students, employers, the community and a leader in higher education.
Changing lives through higher education, El Centro College provides opportunities responsive to the academic, workforce and personal needs of our diverse community.
We encourage our students, employees and community to achieve their potential.
Provide an environment that encourages the diversity of individual and world views while embracing collaboration.
Meet the needs of the community through the elimination of barriers and the broadening of access.
Embrace flexible ways of learning through personalization.
Deliver programs that answer the economic needs of the community.
Be willing to take informed risks to advance learning.
Thoughtfully design programs and services that are sustainable and scalable.
We will ensure honesty and fairness in all that we do.
Lead by example, assist students to translate their learning into responsible citizenship.
The seven independently accredited colleges of the Dallas County Community College District are part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Introduction to Virtual Commencement and Board Welcome
Philip J. Ritter
DCCCD Board of Trustees, District 2
Remarks to Graduation Candidates and Community
Dr. Joe D. May
Guest Keynote Speaker
Mr. Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks Owner and Entrepreneur
Dr. José Adames
El Centro College President
Kaitlin E. McMaryion
Introduction of the Graduates
Dr. José Adames
Presentation of Candidates for Graduation
Conferring of Degrees and Certificates
Dr. José Adames
Faculty, Education Academic Transfer
Faculty Highlight Reel
Honorable Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge
Honorable Victoria Neave
Texas House Representative