Island University Celebrates ‘Pass Program’ Fall 2016 Graduates

Published: December 15, 2016

Island University Celebrates ‘Pass Program’ Fall 2016 Graduates

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held a graduation celebration Dec. 7, to honor more than 40 graduates for fall 2016 from Student Support Services, Student Support Services – STEM, GO Center program, Project GRAD, First in The World, and McNair Scholars Program. The ceremony provided recognition to commend students who have worked to successfully complete their undergraduate degree. Several of the students have already been accepted into masters and professional school programs across the country.

“PASS has helped me accomplish goals I would have never thought possible for an undergraduate with my means,” said Lori “Jae” Cerda, a McNair scholar who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology on Dec. 17. “I am entirely grateful for this life experience I was given. The PASS graduation ceremony was bittersweet knowing I must move on towards my future goals.” 

More than 75 people attended the ceremony, including parents, family, friends and PASS staff and student workers. Graduates received medallions, graduation cords and certificates.

“Being a student employee and mentor for the PASS Programs really opened my eyes to all of the academic support we are able to take advantage of to help achieve our goals,” said Kimberly Cornett, Project GRAD student employee. “The graduation ceremony was a wonderful experience because I was able to stand alongside many of the students I had mentored in the program.”

PASS programs serve the needs of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students in higher education. One of the main goals of PASS is to increase student retention and graduation. Each of the PASS programs provides a pathway to student academic success.

“Our programs are critical because they provide services and resources that the students might not otherwise receive,” said Dr. Patricia Spaniol-Mathews, Executive Director of PASS. “We help make graduation a reality for our students.” 

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