Galveston College’s May commencement ceremonies saw 565 associate degrees and certificates awarded to 513 graduates.

The number of graduates has risen from 289 in 2008 for a measured increase of 77.5 percent. Three hundred and four degrees and certificates were awarded in 2008, which means that this year’s awards showed an 85.9 percent increase.

The incredible thing is that the increases in the number of awards and in the number of graduates has come at a time of static enrollment growth, even a slight enrollment decline, at Galveston College. 

As state and national educational and political leaders stress the need for students to find a finish line to their educational goals and graduate with degrees, Galveston College is in the forefront of institutions of higher education with promising graduation measurements. Galveston College also has made significant improvements in graduating minority and male candidates. These improvements have been made even though nearly 75 percent of the total Galveston College student enrollment is made up of part-time students.

The number of Hispanic students completing a degree or certificate within a three-year period has risen by 9.6 percent. African-American students also have graduated at a higher percentage. The five-year average shows that African-American students made up 19 percent of the total enrollment and represent 19.6 percent of the total graduating class. 

For information contact Joe Huff, director of public affairs, at 409-944-1302 or

Galveston College ATC Open House on July 2

The new Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center will host an open house for the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 2 at 7626 Broadway in Galveston. 

Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the facilities and talk one-on-one with the faculty and counselors connected to the center’s programs, which include cosmetology, heating ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical and electronics technology, welding technology, and medical administration and medical coding.

For information, call 409-944-1401.

Inside Galveston College is compiled by the public affairs office at Galveston College.

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