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/.

Transfer and Recruitment Day to be held for high schoolers and college transfers

Coastal Bend College Transfer and Recruitment Day 2010 is Sept. 23, 9-11 a.m. in the Peter Marecek Physical Fitness Center in Beeville. Graduating high school seniors and CBC students ready to transfer can visit with university representatives from Texas and surrounding areas. Admission is free. Call (361) 354-2731 for details.

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.

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