UBMS students celebrate inaugural graduation

The first-ever graduating class of San Jacinto College’s Upward Bound Math and Science program recently celebrated its inaugural commencement ceremony at the North campus.

SJC launched the innovative program four years ago to help selected high school students excel in math and science, while also preparing the students to succeed in college.

UBMS is a collaboration between SJC and high schools in the Channelview, Sheldon and Galena Park school districts. Selected students from the public schools are carefully monitored and diligently piloted through their high school years, beginning in the ninth grade. Workshops at the College help the high school students with study skills, test taking, dealing with procrastination, and similar issues. A SJC student advisor also works closely with the students and their parents to ensure the students are meeting the program’s high academic and discipline standards through their high school years. The program also features educational field trips.

Jacqueline Howard, the College’s UBMS director, congratulated the students and encouraged them to be diligent about attending college. “This is a particularly special occasion because you are the very first Upward Bound students to graduate,” she commented. “We are proud of your achievements and hope to hear about more achievements in college.” Students who remain in the UBMS program from grades nine through 12 are not obligated to attend SJC after graduating from high school, but several of the students who attended the graduation ceremony do plan to enroll at the College.

Kudos to Jacqueline, Silvia Garcia, Tomoko Olson, Serita Dickey, Dr. Sarah Janes, and Kelly Simons for helping to make the UBMS program an outstanding success.