Graduating from college is a big step in life and can lead toward a great career.
“I hope students achieve responsibility, and time management, while still learning and building good memories,” said Loretta Allen, Biology lab specialist at TJC.
According to Academic Advising Director Jan Adams, most TJC students graduate in May rather than in the summer or winter. Deadline to apply for spring graduation is April 1.
In order to graduate, students must see an advisor who knows the requirements for their major. Then students will fill out the required graduation application. From there, the student must turn in the application to the Registrar’s office. Advisers check requirements and make sure that student meets all the requirements for graduation.
Students will receive all caps and gowns, along with other information at graduation rehearsal on April 20. Luckily for TJC students, there is no direct fee for graduation because it’s all included in the student’s paid tuition.
Spring graduation will be held on May 7 at Green Acres Baptist Church due to the construction in Wagstaff Gymnasium. Students will not have to limit the number of guests who are able to attend.
“I get so happy to see my students walk across the stage and graduate. I’m so proud of them,” said Allen.
For students who are graduating, Allen suggested keeping all options open because the job market is tough. Be patient, but also do what you love, she added.
“I have never changed my major because I know what I want to do, and Criminal Justice is it,” said Jeremy “J.J” Guillory, a sophomore at TJC and upcoming graduating participant.
This is Guillory’s third year at TJC because of simple mistakes made during freshman year, such as mistakes with degree plan, and having to play catch up in order to get back on track. The toughest obstacle to overcome was taking 16 hours and being a residence hall director at the same time, said Guillory.
After graduating from TJC, Guillory plans to stay in state since it’s less expensive, and close to home.
Guillory plans to attend the University of North Texas, pledging for Alpha Phi Alpha, and walking on for track; all while majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Affairs.
For students who have questions about specific majors, advising offices are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are also welcome during regular office hours and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays. Students in University Studies can find advisors on the second floor of Rogers Student Center.
Applied Studies advisors are in Pirtle Tech 202, and Allied Health and Nursing advisers are in Genecov 222.