Fort Bliss Soldiers, families, veterans receive their associate degrees
Sgt. Valerie Lopez,
Headquarters, 1st AD:
As the graduates shouted “Yes” after walking across the stage, the cheers of the crowd continued for each person stepping up to receive their diploma.
Approximately 2,200 students from 17 to older than 80 received their associate degrees during the El Paso Community College commencement ceremony May 11.
The ceremony was held in the Don Haskins Center at the University of Texas at El Paso.
“Job well done,” said Dr. Ernst E. Roberts II, interim president of EPCC. “My wish for each of you is that you have enough.”
After explaining that having enough meant for the graduates to succeed, Roberts introduced the guest speaker, Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss commander.
During the commencement speech, Pittard spoke on the partnership with EPCC and Fort Bliss, of the legacies of leaders who also graduated from community college and a few tips to reaching goals.
“There are three major things I want you to remember as you embark on your journey: Learn to embrace change; love what you do and do what you love; and make a difference,” said Pittard.
“This is a proud moment for you and your family,” said Dr. Carina Ramirez, Faculty Association president. “We too have watched you grow … and no matter what direction you go, you have been given a fight from beyond measure. I challenge each of you to make the world a better place.”
During the ceremony active-duty servicemembers, veterans and military family members were recognized for their service and for graduating.
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