A group of students wearing graduation gowns pose for a camera.

(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Graduates from Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus and their families and friends attended TSTC’s Summer 2023 Commencement held Friday, Aug. 18, at the Stafford Centre in Stafford.

Each of the 118 graduates received either an Associate of Applied Science degree or a certificate of completion in their program.

John Kennedy, associate provost for TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus, expressed his excitement for and pride in the graduating students.

“With the training they’ve received, they can demand high-paying jobs,” he said. “They can go to the companies and industries where the demand is high and the help needed.”

The faculty members who instructed and guided the students could be seen mingling and talking with them. Adam Van Demark, an instructor for the HVAC Technology program, loved the feeling of seeing the students graduating from his program.

“It feels like an accomplishment,” he said. “It gives me a warm feeling and satisfaction to see the light in their eyes. Instead of going to school, now they will be going to work.”

Many of the graduates either have jobs lined up or are already working. One such student is Christopher Drake Lopez, a graduate from the Electrical Power and Controls program.

“It feels great to actually have a job in the field I studied for,” he said. “I can see myself doing this for a large portion of my life.” Lopez is currently working for Saber Power.

Representatives from companies such as Texas Instruments and K Resources, a technical recruiting firm, were in attendance. Both had graduates at the ceremony whom they had hired from programs like HVAC and Electrical Power and Controls.

Regardless of students’ job statuses, however, graduation was a time of looking forward to their careers and lives.

Registration for TSTC’s fall semester is underway. For more information, go to tstc.edu.

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