FAQs about CBC’s Commencement Ceremonies

Q: What time should I arrive for graduation?

Students who are graduating at 10 a.m. should arrive at the Beeville campus auditorium no later than 8:30 a.m. and students who are graduating at 2 p.m. should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m.

Q: What time do the doors open for graduation?

Doors open at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. graduation and 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. graduation.

Q: What am I allowed to bring to graduation if I am a graduate?

Please do not bring your bags and/or purse with you to graduation because there will not be a designated place for you to keep your personal belongings safe.

Q: Who is allowed to come to graduation?

Admission for CBC’s commencement ceremonies is free. Both ceremonies are open for attendance by community members and the graduate’s friends and family.

Q: Which ceremony do I attend if I am receiving certificates/degrees at both times?

Graduates will be able to choose which ceremony they would like to attend only if they are receiving certificates/degrees at both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies.

Q: Who is allowed to attend the free dessert reception after both commencement ceremonies? Where will the reception take place?

The dessert reception is free for graduates and their guests. It will take place immediately following the commencement ceremony outside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium).

Q: What should graduates wear under their cap & gown?

Students should wear their “Sunday’s Best” underneath their cap & gown. All graduates must wear a black cap & gown, or they risk not being able to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Q: What hashtag should I use for graduation?

Students who are graduating from CBC should utilize the official hash tag of their class: #CBC2015. Please abide by all social media guidelines that can be found by visiting http://www.coastalbend.edu/Publications/.

Coastal Bend College awards over $89,000 in scholarships to local graduates

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BEEVILLE, TX— Coastal Bend College awarded $89,600 in scholarships to over 40 A.C. Jones High School graduates at the Evening of Excellence Scholarship Ceremony held at the A.C. Jones Auditorium on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Coastal Bend College president, Dr. Beatriz Espinoza, presented all the scholarship recipients with certificates to commemorate the occasion.

Students who were in the top 10-percent of the 2012 graduating class received an academic scholarship worth $500 per semester to Coastal Bend College. Students who received the CBC general scholarship were awarded $400 per semester to Coastal Bend College. Both scholarships are renewable for up to four semesters as long as the student completes at least 12 hours per semester and maintains the appropriate grade point average for their respective scholarship.

The majority of A.C. Jones students are considered in-district students at Coastal Bend College, which means these scholarships can greatly help off-set the costs of higher education for local students and their families, said Candy Fuller, CBC Scholarship Coordinator. Furthermore, the Coastal Bend College general and academic scholarships can be utilized along with any financial aid or other outside scholarships that a student may qualify for or receive. For more information about CBC scholarships or financial aid, please contact Candy Fuller at (361) 354-2237.

Thank you to Brenda DeLaRosa from The Joe Barnhart Scholarship Program for submitting the photos used in this post.

Coastal Bend College announces Fall 2011 graduates

Coastal Bend College congratulates students who recently earned degrees and certificates. The list of Fall 2011 graduates follows.

Gisele A. Solis of Agua Dulce, Associate of Science Degree

Christina Rae Gonzalez of Alice, Associate of Arts Degree

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Nursing students get ready for a new beginning

Tracy Martinez of Stockton

Vocational nursing student Tracy Martinez is looking forward to the end of her vocational studies and to the beginning of the new registered nursing program at CBC Pleasaonton.

 Tracy Martinez of Stockton, Texas is leaving Coastal Bend College … with plans to come right back. Martinez and 74 of her classmates are taking part in the annual pinning and lighting ceremony on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at CBC Main Campus in Beeville, commemorating the end of their vocational nursing studies.

 Martinez, like many others, plans to return next semester to continue into the next phase of nursing studies leading to becoming a registered nurse. Martinez will be in the first Pleasanton Campus cohort.

 Coastal Bend College offers nursing students several entrances and exits within the nursing program. This multi-entry/exit program creates continuity in educating certified nursing assistants, vocational nurses and registered nurses.

 “The goal is to transition certified nurses’ assistants very easily into vocational nursing and to get LVNs very easily into registered nursing and so on,” said Betty Sims, CBC Director of Nursing. CBC’s curriculum for nurse education is delivered in a clinically-intensive program. Instruction covers the four basic areas of nursing care: adults, mothers and newborns, children and the elderly. Classroom instruction is also required in mental health/mental illness concepts.

 Martinez plans to take her licensing test immediately and wants to work at a nursing home. “I want to get into an Alsheimer’s Unit. You don’t know what you are going to get from day to day in that environment,” she explained.

 Her ultimate aim is to become a registered nurse. She will return to Coastal Bend College to achieve that goal. “Registered nursing equals more knowledge and more opportunities,” Martinez said. “That benefits me and my son.”

 Coastal Bend College Vocational Nursing Program will hold its annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Peter Marecek Physical Fitness Center at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Road in Beeville. The following vocational nursing graduates are scheduled to participate:

 Alice Campus

Lisa M. Aviar

Noemi Barrera

Ninfa B. Beeson

Oralia O. Cabrera

Veronica M. Cantu

Jose Luis Cardenas

Victoria Ja-Nett Chapa

Shanika D. Escochea

Amanda Garcia

Felicia P. Gonzalez

Sonia L. Gonzalez

Lee Anna M. Gutierrez

James. M. Hernandez

Aubrey B. Hippensteal

Martha Ruth Juarez

Manette M. Mendoza

Heather Y. Pearson

Anna M. Priddy

Rhonda L. Ramos

Melissa Rivera

Anna May B. Rudder

Deliza D. Schumacher

Elizabeth E. Soliz

Ruben Vasquez Jr.

Mary A. Velasco

Jennifer R. Wallgren

Ramon Zuniga

 Beeville Campus

Julie A. Abrigo

Diane L. Aguirre

Leah M. Arciba

Amber M. Carr

Linda L. Carrillo

Lisa M. Castro

Shirley A. DeForest

Adelaida A. Garza

Paulina J. Gibson

Patricia T. Henning

Amy L. Lara

Amanda M. Monjaras

Justin L. Morales

Anna M. Puente

Michelle L. Rico

Heather D. Rodriguez

Sausha M. Salinas

Melissa A. Sanchez

Twanna J. Tamlin

Vanessa Vanover

Lindsey K. Wiginton

 Kingsville Campus

Iris A. Cardoza

Aaron J. DeLeon

Blanca D. Esquivel

Crystal R. Garcia

Britany R. Gibson

Esther Hernandez

Brenda L. Johnson

Alexa J. Leal

Amanda L. Leal

Carla A. Manriques

Laura Montel

Tammie D. Saenz

 Pleasanton Campus

Casey Layne Hilton

Lacey Holick

Heather Johnson

Julia Rae Johnson

Tina Marie Lozano

Tricia Magel

Tracy D. Martinez

Biance Danelle Pickett

Melissa Pettit

Alyssa Reyes

Stephanie Nicole Riojas

Cassandra Allison Rutherford

Claudia E. Scharmann

Angela D. Tovar

Rachel Marilyn Villaneda


Coastal Bend College graduation to be held May 21

Coastal Bend College Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at Coastal Bend College – Main Campus, located at 3800 Charco Road in Beeville. CBC graduates from Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton campuses will take part in the annual commencement exercises.

 Dr. Ali Esmaeili, South Texas College Dean of Bachelor Programs and University Relations, is keynote speaker. In 1978, at the age of 26, Esmaeili immigrated to the United States from Iran. He enrolled at, then, Bee County College where his passion for science and engineering were initially fostered. Shortly after earning an Associate of Science Degree in 1980, he began baccalaureate studies at Texas A&I University –Kingsville where he majored in agricultural mechanization.

 He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1982 and went on to pursue two master’s degrees in science — agricultural mechanization in 1984 and adult education in 1991.

 In 2001, he earned a Doctorate Degree in Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His career as an educator, spanning the last 20 years, has given him the opportunity to mentor students at secondary, community college and university levels. In the early 1990s, he served as a mathematics instructor at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen. 

 His leadership, innovation, and genuine concern for students were the bedrock of his success while serving as a founding member of the South Texas College faculty. Since the establishment of South Texas College in 1994, he has served as instructor, department chair, Coordinator for Instructional Support Services, Coordinator for Professional and Organizational Development and Interim Dean for Math, Science and Developmental Studies. Under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Esmaeili, currently Division Dean for the Bachelor of Applied Technology Division, South Texas College began to offer its first four-year degree programs in 2005. 

 Dr. Esmaeili is known throughout the Rio Grande Valley by his former students and colleagues as an innovator and tireless advocate for the power of community college education in South Texas. While holding countless affiliations including Honorary Member of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Executive Board Member for the Rio Grande Valley Council of Teachers of Mathematics (RGVCTM), Board Member for the National Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA), and serving as a presenter at educational leadership conferences throughout the continental United States, he also finds time to be a proud and committed member of the Coastal Bend College Alumni Association and family.

 Hill Country Brass will provide music for the graduation processional and throughout the program.

 Graduation is open to the community. It will be held outdoors.

 For more information, call the switchboard toll free at (866) 722-2838 or visit the official Graduation 2010 pages at www.coastalbend.edu.