Graduating TCC Student to Give Commencement Address: Former Homeless Among 2012 Graduates

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 8, 2012)

GRADUATION UPDATE: The total number of students who have completed requirements for spring 2012 is 4,667, of which 2,289, are expected to participate in commencement exercises.

Tarrant County College graduates, including some who were once homeless, will be encouraged by one of their own during the spring commencement ceremonies Friday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street.

Danielle Miles, who completed her associate degree in December 2011, will achieve one of her dreams when she shares her triumph over multiple challenges in her keynote address. Speaking at graduation is particularly important to her because she has never attended a graduation ceremony.

“As a high school dropout, I never graduated and never saw a family member or anyone graduate,” Miles said. “I also wanted to show my support for the community college and the mission we all have to educate students of all different types – not just the typical college student.”

Miles was selected by a process that sought nominees with proven academic success, leadership within or outside of TCC, strong community involvement, and who exemplified the spirit of TCC and its mission.

The 2012 graduating class includes several students who were once homeless. Graduating with Associate of Arts Degrees are George Rios and Heather Zipper. Both participated in TCC’s Visions Unlimited Program, a cooperative effort with homeless shelters in Tarrant County that provides the homeless access to higher education. Another participant, Kathryn Urelinger, has earned two certificates in Office Administration.

TCC’s 44nd Annual Spring Commencement will confer associate degrees and certificates of completion to an expected 2,197 graduates. That number includes those eligible for degrees from summer and fall 2011 and spring 2012. A total of 4,575 students completed requirements during that period.

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