TSTC Holds Summer Commencement Ceremony in Waco

(WACO) – Texas State Technical College’s summer commencement ceremony held Friday, Aug. 17, at the Waco Convention Center.

“Tonight’s ceremony acknowledges the completion of years of study and dedication by our summer graduates and signifies the beginning of their professional careers,” said TSTC Provost Adam Hutchison. “Students who earn a college degree should be proud to have reached a significant milestone in life.”

Many of the students graduating have already secured employment.

Anita Nesler is graduating with three degrees in Robotics, Electrical Power and Controls, and Instrumentation. She will work as a technician at Prime Controls in Round Rock.

“I will be handling fiber optics, PLCs and calibrations,” Nesler said.

After Nesler left the military, she was looking for a new career path. Her military education counselor recommended she look into the robotics program at TSTC, but once she started the program, she wanted more.

“I wanted to become the best technician that I possibly could,” Nesler said. “So I tried a couple of other programs so that I’m not just a technician, I’m a great technician. This program allowed me the opportunity to become that.”

Ryan Duplantier, a Cyber Security graduate, is waiting to hear back after interviews.

“I want to go down to Austin and see what they have down there for me,” Duplantier said. “I’ve interviewed a few places, but Austin is going to be my backup. It’s a really exciting opportunity.”

Duplantier enjoyed his time at the college.

“It’s been really great,” Duplantier said. “I love TSTC. I learned a lot more than what I expected here. It’s been a really fun ride.”

Elissa May, an Electrical Power and Controls graduate, will be working as a field service technician for Saber Power Services.

“I will be doing testing and maintenance on substations and preventative maintenance,” May said.

May has received multiple job offers.

Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 27. For more information on the college, visit tstc.edu.