2012 Winter Commencement
Last week we awarded 1,105 certificates and degrees to the newest graduates of UTB and TSC, credentials that will that will fling open the doors of opportunity to them so that they can pursue their dreams of taking their place in our community as teachers, business leaders, nurses, scientists and peace officers.
Sandra Rodriguez is one of these graduates, and she represents the many students in our community who leap at every opportunity to further their education when higher education expands in our region.
Sandra began her college career at Texas Southmost College eager to pursue an associate degree in accounting. She was actually a student in one of my speech classes when I began my own tenure as a young faculty member. When finalizing her degree plan, an advisor took note of Sandra’s excellent grades and said she should consider continuing her education. Sandra took this advice and earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Pan American University at Brownsville. A few years later, Sandra made the decision to pursue a new career, came back and earned a master’s degree in education as soon as it became available at UT Brownsville. This led her to the position she enjoys today as the administrator for special programs for Point Isabel ISD.
Two decades later when the doctorate degree in Education was approved at UTB, Sandra jumped at the chance to take her love of learning even further. This month she earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She plans to pursue a superintendent’s position and use her research on special education bilingual children to inspire teachers to seek out the strengths in every child.
I offer my warmest congratulations to Sandra and to all of our newest alumni.
Submitted Dec. 19, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.