HOUSTON – Faculty, family, friends, and loved ones gathered to celebrate the commencement ceremony of the San Jacinto College Upward Bound Math and Science Academy (UBMSA) scholars.
The San Jacinto College Upward Bound Math and Science program, in collaboration with high schools in the Channelview, Sheldon and Galena Park independent school districts, is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In the program selected students from public schools are mentored throughout their high school years, beginning in the ninth grade. Workshops at the College help the high school students with study skills, test taking, time management and similar issues. The Upward Bound Math and Science program has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and a 98 percent college enrollment rate.
This year, 58 UBMSA students were awarded and honored for the completion of the 2015-2016 school year. Twenty of those students were high school seniors with a combined $400,000 in scholarships. Among the graduating seniors were valedictorian Elizabeth Tenorio, and salutatorian Susan Gutierrez, who addressed their peers with words of inspiration and encouragement. Also among the graduating class was Jocelyn Yanez, the first UBMSA Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient in the history of the program.
“Our success rate continues to rise and I am extremely proud of our scholars,” said UBMSA Project Director Jacqueline Howard. “I have always told our students that if you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”
Pictured above left to right: Jakob Creed, Lauren Easton, Elizabeth Rangel, Taylor Dearing, Susan Guiterrez, Jonathan Lopez, Eduardo Servin, Elizabeth Tenoro, Lesly Cruz, Adrianna Morales, Iselle Garcia, Ariel Ledet, Jose Gallardo, Stephanie Gonzales, Jocelyn Yanez, Victoria Cancel, Alejandra Lazalde, and Kayland Jackson. Photo submitted.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.