TSTC Holds Spring 2019 Commencement

Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas) - More than 100 graduates received certificates and associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Spring 2019 Commencement held Friday, April 26, at the Abilene Convention Center. Graduates from TSTC’s West Texas campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater were recognized.
For Mary Madden, an instructor in Electromechanical Technology at TSTC in Sweetwater, this was what she looks forward to each semester.
“It’s a time for the students to celebrate their accomplishments and the families to see what they have worked so hard for,” Madden said. “They’re starting a new life, a new career, and it’s exciting.”
One of Madden’s students who also was a teaching assistant, Gary Miller from Sweetwater, walked the stage on Friday.
“I’m proud of him because he not only succeeded in the program, but he helped motivate others to succeed as well,” Madden said.
Miller, an Army veteran, graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electromechanical Technology.
He graduated with highest honors, was awarded the Outstanding Student Award, and has already accepted a job with M&S Engineering.
“I worked in construction before coming to TSTC, and this was a way to move up in life,” he said. “It’s never too late to come back. Just don’t give up, and keep pushing through.”
Several other students could be found thanking their instructors and excitedly talking about having accepted job offers.
Shawn Baldauf, from Abilene, graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration and has already started working for Batts Communications Inc. After serving in the military, Baldauf decided to come to TSTC for the flexibility and hands-on learning.
“I really love computers. I think they are awesome, so I’m very happy to have a career in something I love,” Baldauf said.
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