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HCC graduates celebrate success

Ceremonies at Reliant Stadium, May 18

Houston Community College will observe its 41st graduation with two separate ceremonies Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. for academic graduates and 1:00 p.m. for workforce/GED graduates at Reliant Stadium. More than 5,100 students will receive associate degrees, certificates or their GED from HCC this year. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans, will give the keynote addresses.

Delivering the keynote address at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony is the President of the Houston Texans, Jamey Rootes. Since joining the Houston Texans, Rootes has overseen the team’s efforts to secure stadium naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club’s successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, led the creation and launch of the team’s identity and developed the team’s highly-acclaimed customer service strategy. Rootes was selected twice by SportsBusiness Journal as a member of its distinguished “Forty Under 40” list of leading sports executives. He also oversees the activities of the Houston Texans Foundation, which has provided nearly $6 million to benefit youth and families in the Houston area since its inception.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee, the keynote speaker for the 1:00 p.m. ceremony, is an influential and forceful voice in Washington, representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, centered in Houston. She is serving her tenth term as a member of the US House of Representatives. She is a leader in support of enhanced technology, better intelligence, increased airplane cargo inspections, increased security for railroads and implementation of the 9/11 Commission report. She currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Subcommittee and is also a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

This is the first time HCC has held two ceremonies to accommodate its growing number of graduates. Over 2,000 students plan to attend the graduation ceremonies, and that number continues to grow every year.

HCC’s five regional colleges and one specialty college offer workforce training programs, academic transfer courses, continuing education and adult education to one of the most diverse student bodies in the country.

HCC has a commitment to intellectual growth, economic expansion and community development. HCC has developed a broad range of programs and services to ensure that no group of individuals is without resources to reach its educational goals. This comprehensive approach to education will be the key to the economic vitality of Houston in the 21st Century. Find out more about HCC at


Diana Sanders

Office of HCC Communications

P 713.718.5438



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