Student success celebrated at Lone Star College

By: Bill Van Rysdam
| Published 05/29/2019


HOUSTON, TX -- Lone Star College awarded 8,255 associate degrees and certificates to eligible students who took part in commencement ceremonies representing a 4 percent increase from 2018.

“Graduation ceremonies not only celebrate the success of our students, but the successes of our faculty and staff members whose tireless efforts make this possible,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “My congratulations to everyone for achieving such significant educational goals.”

The ceremonies for five of the six Lone Star Colleges took place May 9 – 11. The LSC-Tomball graduation was rescheduled to May 25 due to the severe weather which impacted the greater Houston area earlier this month.

Lone Star College ranks fifth nationally in conferring associate degrees among all community colleges, according to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics. The ranking is from the 2015-16 academic year, the latest complete data available. There are approximately 1,100 community colleges nationwide.

In addition, the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine named LSC a Top 25 College for Hispanics for the second year in a row. LSC was ranked first in the nation for the number of Hispanic students enrolled and second for the number of associate degrees awarded.

In all, Hispanics represented 40 percent of Lone Star College students who earned a degree or certification at this year’s ceremonies, the largest of any demographic.

LSC commencement speakers included:


Scott McClelland (President, H-E-B)

Noah Read (LSC-CyFair Class of 2019)


Gail Appling (LSC-Kingwood Class of 2019)


Johnny Carrabba (Owner, Carrabba’s restaurant)

Nikki Lounder (LSC-Montgomery Class of 2019)

LSC-North Harris

Sylvester Turner (City of Houston mayor)

Alton Smith, Ed.D. (LSC Board of Trustees Chair)


Dr. Lee Ann Nutt (LSC-Tomball president)

Kimberly Wilson (LSC-Tomball class of 2019)

LSC-University Park

Juan Sánchez Muñoz (University of Houston-Downtown president)

Dr. Head along with LSC Board of Trustee members Ken E. Lloyd; Linda Good, J.D.; Art Murillo; Ernestine M. Pierce; Myriam Saldívar; Alton Smith, Ed.D.; Michael Stoma; Mike Sullivan; and David Vogt also participated in various roles at this year’s ceremonies.

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“I encourage all our students to continue to pursue their dreams as they begin a new chapter in their lives,” said Head.

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