TCC Commencement to include First Class of ECHS Graduates in Tarrant County

Luis Ponjuan, Ph.D. TCC Commencement Speaker 2014
Luis Ponjuan, Ph.D.                             Texas A&M University
TCC Commencement Speaker 2014

When 13 high school students from two local school districts cross the stage Saturday to receive their associate degrees, they will walk into the pages of history as the first Early College High School (ECHS) students in Tarrant County to graduate from college. And, they will do so before they earn their high school diplomas.
The Marine Creek Collegiate High School students are among the 2,048 graduates expected to participate in the TCC’s 46th Annual Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street.
Commencement speaker is Luis Ponjuan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University in College Station. Ponjuan is nationally known as an advocate for programs that help male students of color achieve academic success and college completion.
High school students from Lake Worth Independent School District are Alondra Aleman, Andrea Aleman, Jesus Arreola (summer graduate), Angelica Gandara, Dulce Gallegos (summer graduate), Alex Hinojosa (summer graduate), Priscila Luna, Dennis Ralon, Candace Soto, Robert Trejo and Madison White. Fort Worth ISD graduates are Adelaide Boak and Lalita Sundarrajan.
Graduates receiving associate degrees and certificates of completion include those eligible for degrees from summer and fall 2013 and spring 2014. A total of 6,426 students are expected to complete requirements during this period, up 22 percent from the number expected last spring.