Graduation largest in school's history

Posted on: May 14, 2013

COM student Kayla McDonald addresses the class of 2013.


Celebrating students’ accomplishments, College of the Mainland’s commencement ceremony honored 555 associate degree and certificate graduates, the largest class in its history. At the ceremony, 205 graduates of COM’s GED program were also awarded certificates.

“Our success is your success,” Dr. Beth Lewis, COM president, told the graduating class. “It takes a whole community to graduate a student. Everyone along the platform as well as you in the audience have played a part in your graduate’s accomplishments.”
Kayla McDonald, who was one of 50 students nationwide selected as a silver scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2013 Community College Academic Team, served as the keynote speaker and reminisced about her time at COM.
“I was surrounded by so many students who are diverse in so many ways, but we were all working toward the same goals—graduation,” said the student who announced her plans to double major in interior design and business at Texas State University. “Every part of life has its lessons, and those learned at College of the Mainland have given me the will and drive to achieve those goals.”

GED graduate Teresa Le was enthusiastic about the ceremony and grateful for program coordinators Josh Hayes and Elida Mathews’ support.

“They kept me going when I felt like I wanted to give up. They make you feel like you have a place at COM,” she said.

Daisy Victoria, a COM Collegiate High School student, received scholarships to enroll at COM while still a student at Texas City High School.

“I’m actually graduating with my associate degree before I graduate high school,” she said. “With COM’s tutoring and flexible hours, I was able to finish my goal.”
College of the Mainland offers a variety of nationally accredited associate degrees and certifications that prepare students for success in transferring to a university or entering the workforce, including programs in process technology, business and health care. We’re the launching pad for success stories throughout the Mainland.

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