For the first time since the Ascender Program’s inception in 2012, South Texas College had the opportunity to conduct one Celebracion and celebrate all three campus graduates. Celebracion was on April 30th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Master of Ceremony was Dr. Anna B. Alaniz who commented, “Despite the rough year due to the problematic circumstances amid a pandemic, South Texas College Ascender Program had many things to celebrate. A year ago, students decided whether they would drop out and wait for life to resume normality or continue on the voyage they had set out to do- complete their education. Fortunately, many opted for the latter option, and today they celebrated by walking the virtual stage and graduating.”
The event brought together over 55 students, professors, and alumni. South Texas College honored 57 current and former Ascender graduates. The Ascender Team recognized 52 Ascender students who graduated with their Associates during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 commencement, five Ascender alumni who graduated with their Bachelor’s, and one alumnus who graduated with her Master’s. After the graduates were honored, they offered words of advice to the current Ascender students.