(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus celebrated Spring 2023 Commencement on Monday, May 8, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
Twenty-three students graduated with associate degrees, certificates of completion or occupational skills achievement awards on Monday.
Marcus Balch, provost of the North Texas campus, congratulated the students on their accomplishments and thanked them for choosing TSTC.
“What a tremendous accomplishment that each of you should be proud of,” he said. “You have persevered through some trying times to earn your place in the workforce of Texas. You now have the skills that are highly sought after, and you have put yourself and your family in a place that few are in. I personally wish each of you the best and thank you for entrusting TSTC with providing this foundational piece of your education.”
Aaron Slater graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Power and Controls.
Slater said he was looking forward to his future in his new career.
“(I’m looking forward to) being able to travel and learn new things as I’m working,” he said. “I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life.”
To celebrate graduation, Slater said he planned to eat some pizza and then sit back and relax before beginning work.
Brittany Woodall graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology and was the recipient of the Provost Award.
Woodall said her favorite part of being at TSTC was her classmates.
“I love them,” she said. “We were such a tight-knit crew that anytime we weren’t working on our projects, we were sitting down together talking.”
Woodall offered advice to those who might consider attending TSTC.
“Don’t be intimidated, especially if you’re female,” she said. “I was constantly underestimated, but that just allowed me to shine.”
Woodall planned to celebrate her graduation with a family dinner the following night.
Registration for TSTC’s fall semester is underway. For more information, go to tstc.edu.