Island University Celebrates ‘Pass Program’ Spring and Summer 2017 Graduates

Published: May 08, 2017

Island University Celebrates ‘Pass Program’ Spring and Summer 2017 Graduates

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On May 3, more than 89 spring and summer semester graduates were honored at the graduation ceremony held by the Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The ceremony provided recognition to students who have worked to successfully complete their undergraduate degree. These students are part of the following programs: Student Support Services, Student Support Services – STEM, Student Support Services – Teacher Prep, First in The World, Project GRAD and McNair Scholars Program. Several of the students have already been accepted into masters and professional school programs across the country.

“The PASS Graduation Ceremony meant I was finally one step closer to graduation. Everyone around the room was delighted to receive their cords and certificates in front of friends and family,” said Irma Torres, a Student Support Services student graduate. “Being a part of this organization was a great opportunity for me to meet friends, network and get help from support programs to accomplish my goals within the University.”

More than 120 people attended the ceremony, including parents, family and friends. Graduates received medallions, graduation cords and certificates.

“The PASS Programs have created an opportunity for me that most other programs do not provide,” said Kelli Walker, a McNair Scholar graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. “I was able to conduct research on my own project and develop the tools I need to prosper in graduate school. I am very grateful and recommend these services to students who qualify.”

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.

“PASS students overcome great obstacles to graduate. At the graduation ceremony, we applaud their perseverance and accomplishments,” said Dr. Patricia Spaniol-Mathews, Executive Director of the PASS Programs. “We are proud of our graduates and look forward to their future success. It is rewarding for staff to receive emails or see Facebook posts about their student’s new jobs and graduate school degrees.”

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