TRIO Student Support Services celebrates 2021 graduates

trio sss graduates in caps and gowns

TRIO Student Support Services celebrates 2021 graduates

MOSES LAKE — The Big Bend Community College TRIO Student Support Services program celebrated its group of 2021 graduates during a virtual ceremony June 10. Forty students were recognized during the online event, which was held via Zoom.

Students heard from BBCC president Dr. Sara Thompson Tweedy and TRIO staff before sharing their educational and vocational plans with the group. Many graduates also took time to speak about their experience in the program.

TRIO SSS Director Veronica Guadarrama said she was proud of each of the 40 graduates for their strong finish to the academic year.

“The graduates of 2021 are warriors. They faced a global pandemic, over a year of online classes, and still made it to today – graduation.,” said Guadarrama. “TRIO Graduates, the TRIO team is so proud of you. You have shown adversity that it cannot stop you. Never forget how powerful and resilient you are. Thank you for letting us be a part of your academic journey.”

The TRIO SSS program at Big Bend has been on campus for more than 30 years. The goal of the program is to help motivate students to attain their educational goals, graduate and/or transfer to an institute of higher education.

TRIO advisors provide academic advising, transfer support and personal development for students who are from low-income backgrounds and who are often first-generation college students. The program also supports students with disabilities.

For more information, visit the TRIO SSS program webpage. Current students interested in applying to the program can use the TRIO SSS online application. Students will need to have their BBCC Student ID number to complete the application.

Full list of 2020 TRIO SSS graduates:

Alexis  Moreno           

Allyssa Martinez        

Andrea Campos-Hernandez   

Audra  Pierce 

Ayla Avalos   

Aylin Duran-Torralba 

Bryonna Gray

Daniel  Guzman          

Dora Mendez 

Emily Pruneda

Fatima Sanchez          

Frank Willis    

Gardenia Muro-Zamora         

Giovanni Partida        

Jacqueline Banuelos-Fraire    

Jared Perez     

Jayward Tumacmol    

Jesenia Valencia         

Jonathan Avalos         

Julissa  Lerena Acosta

Kody Green   

Lillie LaPlace 

Mariana Hernandez-Brito      

Mariana Lopez           

Maribel Ruiz  

Marisol Moran           

Melissa Perez 

Nancy  Gutierrez-Morales      

Nancy  Perez-Monroy

Natasha Parsons         

Nicki Spees    

Oswaldo Perez           

Pedro Castaneda        

Ricky Ramirez           

Riley Rich      

Rosa Villa      

Samantha Castro        

Sonia Rebollo

Susanne White           

Thalia Sparrell

Watch the virtual celebration below!

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