A crowd of 250 students chose to participate in the 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony at Paris Junior College.
PJC Student Government Association President Rachel Roebuck gave the opening invocation, and music student Amanda Dean performed the song “Raise Me Up.”
“Tonight, we want to celebrate a great year and a great group of students,” said Dr. Pam Anglin, PJC President, in her opening comments. “Allow me to introduce the class of 2022. Four hundred seventy-two individuals are graduating from PJC with certificates and degrees. Forty-one percent are male, and 89 percent are female. Our graduates range in age from 18 to 66 years. These 472 graduates represent 37 different Texas counties, 16 different states, and the foreign countries of Germany and Mexico.”
This year over 109 students graduated from PJC a couple of weeks before graduating from their high schools, including Celeste, Cumby, Greenville, Miller Grove, North Hopkins, North Lamar, Pioneer Tech, Prairiland, Quinlan Ford, Royse City, and two from home schools.
PJC sophomore Beau Brewer received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award.
This past week, Brewer was named All-Conference First Team Third Base and Region XIV All-Region First Team Infield. Following graduation from PJC, he plans to further his academic and athletic career at Western Kentucky University. Other outstanding PJC students nominated for the Distinguished Service Award included Jayda Carter, Sean Curtis, Rachel Roebuck, and Brendan Concannon.
D’Lynn Bueno, who teaches History at PJC, received the 2022 Teaching Excellence Award.
D’Lynn Bueno, who teaches history at PJC, received the 2022 Teaching Excellence Award, including a $1,000 honorarium, a medallion, and a plaque. The nomination letter for the Teaching Excellence Award outlined three aspects of her excellence: congenial attitude, pedagogical diversity, and commitment to the success of both their students and the student body at large. She is a teacher of teachers; utilizes developments in the best practices of higher education to maximize student learning and success. She is also encouraging, compassionate, student-friendly student-centered, and operates on the leading edge of classroom innovation.
After the ceremony, Dr. Anglin asked the graduates to move their tassels to the left. She thanked them for choosing Paris Junior College.
“Each of you has proven that you have a goal, and you have a dream,” said Anglin. “This has been one step in your journey, one milestone along the way. And we hope we laid the foundation that serves you well as you continue on with your education or go into the workforce.”
Photo cutline: PJC sophomore Beau Brewer received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award.