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​Contact: Ann Hatch
214-378-1819; ahatch@dcccd.edu

For immediate release — May 4, 2015

 

(DALLAS) — It’s time for students to walk the walk.

Commencement ceremonies for all seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District system are set, and several thousand students who have “talked the talk” now will take that walk with an associate degree or professional certificate in hand.

They all will become part of DCCCD’s history — and the district is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Graduates will mark a milestone in their lives as they finish their academic careers at DCCCD and move on to a university or to a career and job that signifies their achievements, too. 

With the swish of silk robes and the toss of tasseled mortarboards, graduates will celebrate commencement with their family members and friends. They attend one of the early college high schools at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro or Mountain View; or Richland Collegiate High School – along with college students who will graduate with an associate degree or certificate from one of the individually accredited colleges that comprise the DCCCD system.

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

Saturday, May 9:

  • Eastfield College — 4:30 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland; keynote speaker: Kathy Windrow, professor of art, who is the college’s 2015 Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for full-time faculty.

Wednesday, May 13:

  • Mountain View College — 7 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas; commencement speaker: Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College.

Thursday, May 14:

  • Brookhaven College — 7 p.m. at the Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road in Addison; keynote speaker: Dr. Jim Dudlo, professor of history and department chair, and Brookhaven’s 2015 Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence in Teaching Award winner.
  • Cedar Valley College — 7 p.m. at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas; commencement speaker: Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, president of the Northwest Campus, Tarrant County College District.
  • North Lake College — 7 p.m. in the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving; commencement speaker: Charles Siegel, professor of biology and President’s Scholar at North Lake.
  • Richland College — 7:30 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland; keynote speaker: retiring faculty member Randy Price, Richland College School of Learning Enrichment and Academic Development. 

Sunday, May 17:

  • El Centro College — 3 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena, 650 S. Griffin St. in Dallas; commencement speaker: Troy Furlough, professor of mathematics and ECC’s 2015 Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence in Teaching Award winner.

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