More than 6,000 Lone Star College System students were eligible to receive their associate degrees or certificates this spring as part of commencement ceremonies held May 9 and 10 for all six Lone Star Colleges.
“What defines Lone Star College is our commitment to student success.” said Dr. Keri Rogers, LSCS vice chancellor, academic affairs. “Graduation is the culmination of hard work and perseverance and it’s wonderful to see the success of so many of our Lone Star College students.”
LSCS has long been a leader in conferring degrees and is committed to student success and completion. Community College Week magazine ranked LSCS third in the nation among more than 1,100 community colleges for the number of associate degrees it awarded in 2011-12 as part of the publication’s annual Top Associate Degree Producers edition. And LSCS was ranked first in the state among the 50 Texas community colleges for the number of degrees awarded.
In addition, LSCS is recognized by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, as a Top 100 Degree Producer among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.
Highlights from the weekend ceremonies included: LSC-North Harris, which opened its doors for classes in the fall of 1973 as the first LSCS college, celebrating its 40th graduation ceremony; LSC-University Park conducting its first graduation ceremony; a LSC-Montgomery dual credit student completing high school and an associate degree at the same time; and an 83-year-old father graduating with his son at LSC-CyFair.
LSCS commencement speakers included Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Stephen Klineberg, professor, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University; and Marcus Wilkins, former NFL linebacker; along with several LSCS professors, and former and current students.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.