GRADUATION 2021 - WCJC recognizes graduates in online presentation

May 21, 2021

WHARTON, TEXAS – Wharton County Junior College recognized more than 500 associate degree graduates this spring in an online pre-recorded commencement presentation. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, regular in-person commencement exercises were canceled.

Three separate commencement presentations are posted on the college’s website, one each for Associate of Applied Science degree graduates, Associate of Arts degree graduates and certificate program completers. Click here to view the presentations:

WCJC President Betty McCrohan said it was important to draw attention to students’ achievements while continuing to observe safety protocols.

“Our graduates have achieved their educational goals in the face of unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic and we wanted to make sure we provided them with recognition for their hard work and perseverance,” said WCJC President Betty McCrohan.

A total of 517 associate degrees and 195 certificates were granted for the Spring 2021 commencement.

Included in the presentations were five Wharton High School students who received associate degrees as part of the Realizing Our Academic Reward (ROAR) Academy. ROAR is a collaborative effort between WCJC and

Wharton Independent School District that enables a select group of students to earn upwards of 60 college-level credit hours while still enrolled in high school. ROAR students completing enough credits to earn an associate’s degree in 2021 were Lana Foyt, Emily Vargas, Torie Mitchell, Katherine Sanchez and Stephanie Alvarez.

The President’s Award for 2021 was granted to Ashlyn Vaeza, a nursing major from Rosenberg. Vaeza received a plaque, a letter from WCJC President Betty McCrohan and a $500 check.