A different kind of graduation

Twenty-three offenders in the Crain and Hughes units of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) system in Gatesville donned a different uniform recently during graduation ceremonies hosted by Central Texas College (CTC) and Texas A & M University – Central Texas (TAMU-CT

Fourteen offenders, fi ve women at the Crain Unit and nine men at the Hughes Unit, received associates of arts degrees from CTC.

Nine offenders, one woman at the Crain Unit and eight men at the Hughes Unit, were awarded a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA): Management from TAMU-CT.

CTC and TAMU-CT held combined ceremonies June 1 with the Crain Unit conferring degrees in the morning for women and in the afternoon male graduates from the Hughes Unit received their degree.

This marked the 41st annual commencement ceremony for offenders completing their degrees from the two educational institutions.

TAMU-CT has been involved since 2009. The local upper division university began in the mid 1970s as American Technological University.

Jeff Rankin, site director at the CTC site in Gatesville, said, “This year, CTC has awarded 24 associates of arts degrees and we probably average about 20 each year.”



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