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Blinn College District to recognize 845 graduates at Spring graduation

Total includes 365 ‘reverse transfers’

May 7, 2018

The Blinn College District will recognize 845 graduates during its 139th commencement ceremony Thursday, May 10, at Brenham High School.

Blinn hosted a Fall semester graduation ceremony in December that recognized 802 graduates, bringing the graduate total for the academic year to 1,647, in addition to the thousands who transfer to four-year universities each year.

The 845 students earning Blinn diplomas this month will include 365 reverse transfers. Reverse transferring allows students who completed Blinn’s residency requirements before transferring to a four-year university to apply credits they earned at the university toward their associate degree. To check eligibility, Blinn alumni should contact their four-year institution and request that their transcript be sent to Blinn, then visit Blinn’s graduation website to complete the reverse transfer graduation application.

Blinn’s Spring Commencement will include two student speakers – Gary Russell from the Bryan Campus and Angel Hickerson from the Brenham Campus.

Russell enrolled at the Bryan Campus in 2016 after eight years in law enforcement. While at Blinn, he served as Vice President of Services for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Russell will graduate with an Associate of Arts in criminal justice and an Associate of Applied Science in law enforcement. He has been accepted to Sam Houston State University, where he will pursue his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

A Houston native, Hickerson joined the Blinn College Music Department in 2016, where she twice has been named to the Two-Year College All-State Choir and represented Blinn as a soloist during its 2017 performances in New York City. She will continue her studies at Houston Baptist University, where she will major in music education.

Blinn’s academic transfer rate of 36.9 percent ranks second in the state and far exceeds the statewide average of 20.9 percent. In addition to transfer agreements with the state’s leading four-year universities, Blinn is home to pioneering co-enrollment programs such as the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program and the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn.

Beginning in the Fall semester, students can register for Blinn courses at the RELLIS Campus, where they can complete four-year degrees from the Texas A&M System regional universities onsite. Each program at the RELLIS Academic Alliance creates a seamless pathway for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in related fields from an A&M System university, including Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M International University, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University-Central Texas. For more information regarding the RELLIS Academic Alliance, visit https://rellis.tamus.edu/AcademicAlliance.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s CollegeForAllTexans.com, out-of-district Blinn students who enroll in 30 credit hours during the 2018-19 academic year will save thousands in tuition and fees compared to students at public universities across the state. At an estimated $5,340 for 30 credit hours, Blinn’s out-of-district tuition and fees offer students a savings of $3,914, approximately 42 percent, compared to state residents at the average Texas public university.

In addition to Blinn’s low tuition and fees, the Blinn Foundation offers 201 endowed scholarships available to incoming and returning students from a wide range of backgrounds, majors, and experiences. Though some scholarships are restricted to students who fit specific criteria, if a student who exemplifies those requirements does not apply, the scholarship may be offered to a wider range of students. Students are considered based on high academic achievement, participation in student activities, and community involvement. To apply for all of Blinn’s endowed scholarships, complete a single application at www.blinn.edu/finaid/scholar.html.

Registration is now open for Blinn’s May Minimester and Summer and Fall semesters. The May Minimester, which allows students to earn college credit in just three weeks, runs May 14-May 30. The Summer I semester runs June 4-July 2, the Summer II semester will be July 5-Aug. 2, and the Fall semester begins Aug. 27. Registration for each semester is available until the first day of class.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.