Faculty, staff and administrators will don the traditional regalia, parents will watch from the crowd and graduates will step up to receive well-earned degrees in Lone Star College-Kingwood's spring commencement ceremonies. The May 11 celebration will mark the first time in the college's history that commencement ceremonies will be held on campus.
Lone Star College-Kingwood President Dr. Linda Stegall called the on-campus ceremony a natural progression for the college, considering its growth over the past few years.
"We have literally outgrown the commencement ceremonies we hold in conjunction with the other colleges within the Lone Star College System," Dr. Stegall said. "With a significant number of graduates completing their studies at Lone Star College-Kingwood, we decided to hold a ceremony on campus that would accommodate all our graduates and their families."
The ceremony gives students who will receive their degrees at Lone Star College-Kingwood the opportunity to participate in a ceremony specifically for them instead of having to share their special day with other graduates across the District.
The day's events will be held outside on the Kingwood Commons and include a performance by the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band, the faculty procession, and the Mace being carried by Professor Steve Davis.
The commencement speaker will be Representative Ted Poe. Judge Poe was sworn in on January 4, 2005 as the United States Representative for Texas' 2nd Congressional District. Elected to a second term in 2006, Judge Poe continues his distinguished career of public service to the Lone Star state.
Judge Poe first made a name for himself in Texas as a straight-talking, no-nonsense Assistant District Attorney and criminal court judge famous nationally and locally for his "shame punishment" of criminals. Judge Poe garnered national media attention for his "Poetic Justice" in sentencing criminals. Among his innovative punishments Poe ordered thieves to carry signs in front of stores from which they stole; required men who abused their wives to publicly apologize on the steps of Houston's City Hall; commanded sex offenders to place warning signs on their home after serving jail time; and directed murderers to securely place a photo of their victims on the wall of their prison cells creating a daily reminder of their crime.
Today, Judge Poe takes his passionate, common-sense approach to problems to Washington, D.C. where he has a commitment to security for the citizens of Congressional District 2 and the entire state of Texas.
Poe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Abilene Christian University, where he served as class president. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center where he was a member of the Law School Honor Society.
The ceremony will also feature student speaker, Samuel Eugene Lewis. Lewis will be earning his Associate of Arts degree from Lone Star College-Kingwood and continuing his education at Kansas State University where he will be majoring in political science. Lewis was one of many students who submitted an essay as application to participate in the ceremonies. The essays were reviewed by faculty, administrators and staff.
Nearly 150 students are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. A reception for graduates and guests will be held immediately following the ceremony in the foyer of the Health and Science Building.
To learn more about the ceremony, contact Lone Star College-Kingwood's student services department at 281-312-1502 or visit the website at kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/graduation.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, visit our Web site at http://kingwood.lonestar.edu/ or call 281-312-1600. Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and the University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs visit www.lonestar.edu.