(MARSHALL, Texas) – More than 70 graduates received certificates and associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Spring 2019 Commencement held Friday, April 26, at the Marshall Convention Center.

David Golden, human resources manager at Norbord in Jefferson, told graduates to always be prepared in the workplace and set others up for success.

“It’s important to be a good member of a team,” Golden said. “Make an effort to help others.”

Many of the graduates already have jobs.

Travis Spence of Waskom graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cyber Security. He is working in information technology at the federal courthouse in Shreveport.

“It feels really good,” Spence said about graduating. “I feel accomplished. I will miss the friends I made, and the instructors and the atmosphere here.”

Spence said he was celebrating his achievement with a steak supper.

Some of the graduates will continue job hunting.

Alicia Davis of Marshall received a welding certificate and is weighing job options in Harrison County.

“It feels amazing,” she said. “I’m a single mom. Right now, it feels great.”

Davis said she was going to eat Japanese food with her family to commemorate her graduation.

The ceremony marked the 70th time students have graduated from TSTC’s Marshall campus. And, the newest graduates join more than 3,400 Marshall alumni.

TSTC has more than 1,000 students graduating this spring across the state.

For more information, go to www.tstc.edu.


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