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TSTC hosts drive-in celebration for spring graduates

Staff Writer
Waxahachie Daily Light
Marcus Balch, provost of Texas State Technical College's North Texas campus in Red Oak, greets spring graduates at a drive-in celebration on Friday.

Daily Light report

RED OAK --- Texas State Technical College's North Texas campus honored its spring graduates Friday with a drive-in celebration.

"Our students have persevered through a very hard situation, so we wanted to commend them for their efforts," said Tara Odom, TSTC's campus enrollment executive. "We are so proud of each one of them."

Instructors dressed in academic regalia lined the entrance to campus and cheered for graduates and their relatives, according to a news release from the school.

Marcus Balch, provost of TSTC's North Texas campus, gave each graduate a diploma cover, a pizza and a TSTC alumni bag. The actual diplomas and certificates have been mailed to graduates.

"Moving forward, I do not think there would be anything that could stop this group," Balch said.

Graduates and their families had the opportunity to take photos in front of a TSTC-themed backdrop. Instructors were happy to see their students move forward in their lives.

"This is a mere stepping-stone toward your future and career," said Elisha Vaughan, an instructor in TSTC's Diesel Equipment Technology program. "Never lose sight of the things you worked so hard for in your past and the target of your goal in your future."

Douglas McCuen, lead instructor in TSTC's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program, said graduates will do their best if they enjoy what they do.

"Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world," he said.

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