by BRANDI ORTIZ//News Editor
There will be a change in the ceremonies for this year’s graduating students.
South Plains College will host the 59th annual Spring Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2017 on May 12 in the Texan Dome on the Levelland Campus.
Students who have earned, or will be earning, their associate’s degrees or certificates of proficiency will be honored during the commencement ceremonies.
Previously, the ceremonies were split in two according to the students’ last name. Now, ceremonies will be separated by degree.
The first ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., and will recognize students graduating in the following fields: Associate of Arts, Associate Degree Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Commercial Music, Design Communications, Cosmetology, Electrical & Power Transmission Technology, Fire Technology, Law Enforcement Technology, Sound Technology, Video Production Technology, and Welding Technology.
The second ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.. Students receiving a degree in the following areas will be recognized: Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Applied Rehabilitation Psychology, Child Development, Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, Accounting Associate, Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Business, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Computer Information Systems, Diesel Service Technology, Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Industrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies, Office Technology, Paralegal Studies, Real Estate, and all dual-credit majors.
According to Robin Coler, graduation clerk at SPC, caps and gowns will be distributed for free starting May 1 through May 11 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.. Students at the Levelland campus can pick them up at the Admission and Records Office in the Student Services Building, while students at the Reese Center, Byron Martin ATC, and Plainview Center can pick up caps and gowns at Reese Center’s Admission and Records Office in Building 8.
All students graduating during the first ceremony must report to the Physical Education Complex by 8:45 a.m., and those graduating during the second ceremony should report at 12:45 p.m.
Graduates with special needs will have access to the elevator located at the east end of Texan Dome to get to the floor for the Processional. For arrangements, contact Linda Young at (806) 716-2577, or Dawn Valles at 716-4675.
Guest in wheelchairs will have a designated area on the upper level of the Dome.