May 11, 2020

WHARTON, TEXAS – Wharton County Junior College will recognize its graduates this spring during in-person commencement exercises. Two ceremonies – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Gene Bahnsen Gymnasium on the Wharton campus.

This is the first time the college has held in-person graduation events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Students graduating with an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree will participate in the morning ceremony. Students receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree will participate in the afternoon event.

Guest speaker for the events will be Sam Golden, Managing Director and Senior Advisor for Alvarez and Marsal, a global management consulting firm. 

In addition to the conferral of degrees, the event will include the presentation of Academic Excellence awards, the President’s Award and Excellence in Teaching awards. Five graduates of the Realizing Our Academic Reward (ROAR) Academy will also be included in the morning event. ROAR is a collaborative effort between WCJC and Wharton Independent School District that enables high school students to complete an associate degree while still enrolled in high school, at no cost.