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LSC-University Park commencement showcases student, community impact

HOUSTON – Graduates were honored at the Lone Star College-University Park 2018 commencement ceremony Friday, May 11, at the Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston. Among the graduates, more than 30 students were congratulated for finishing their associate degrees while attending local high schools. One of the students, Noah Ortiz, earned two associate degrees while in his senior year at iSchool High.

Ortiz is on the dean’s list and in the top 10 percent at iSchool High at University Park, as well as president of the National Honor Society, a member of the LSC-University Park soccer team, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Ortiz was accepted at several universities and decided to attend the University of Dallas on scholarship with plans to major in biology and bioengineering. 

“As the community’s college, we are proud to maintain strong partnerships, like those with Klein Independent School District, iSchool High, and Harmony Public Schools that enable students to get a head start on their college ambitions,” said Dr. Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park president. “These partnerships benefit the community, keep families together, and save time and money. Noah is an example of what can be achieved when you take advantage of the opportunities before you. We are honored that Noah selected LSC-University Park as an essential part of his journey. We know he will be successful at any university in the country.”

As one of the fastest growing colleges in the country, LSC-University Park enrolled more than 13,000 students in degree and certificate programs in the spring. More than 700 students graduated in the fall and spring semesters, including 69 students who earned workforce certificates.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez addressed the graduating students as the Commencement Speaker.

“Your academic achievement has prepared you to compete with anybody anywhere,” said Gonzalez. “Now comes the time for you to apply all the information, knowledge and wisdom you gained at LSC-University Park. You have the power within you to live your dreams. Take ownership of your thinking and be responsible for your results.”

To honor the belief in higher education and community service that Gonzalez’ life has exemplified, Ardalan awarded a scholarship in Gonzalez’ name to Angel Gonzalez, an LSC-University Park student pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

Two scholarships were also awarded in recognition of Dr. Kyle Scott’s contributions to the LSC community. Scott was elected to the LSC Board of Trustees in 2013 and will finish his term this year. LSC-University Park awarded the scholarships to GED graduates Kelcey Usry and Rita Neuburg.

LSC-University Park continues to be an innovative model college and remains committed to helping students unlock their potential and fostering community.

Registration is now open for the summer and fall semesters. Summer I and summer II sessions begin Monday, June 4, and Thursday, July 12, respectively. The fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 27. For more information, please visit LoneStar.edu/Registration.