PAC students honored for academic achievement
Each semester, Palo Alto College holds an Honors Recognition Ceremony to recognize students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Since their beginning in spring 2014, the ceremonies have honored more than 1,500 Palo Alto College students, including students enrolled part- and full-time. The College also holds a ceremony to recognize high school students taking courses through Palo Alto College’s dual credit and Early College High School (ECHS) programs.
It’s important for students to be recognized for their hard work, according to Erica Muñoz, coordinator of Student Life. Even if a student does not do well one semester, they have the opportunity to improve and be recognized the following semester. This opens a window for growth, and keeps students’ improvements from going unnoticed.
"Their hard work is not taken for granted," said Muñoz. "We see what the students are doing and we don't take it lightly. We appreciate them."
This spring, over 300 students were recognized for their academic achievement. This recognition is not only important to students, but to their families as well. Over 1,000 family members and loved ones attended and joined the honorees for a reception following the ceremony. Vanessa Ben, mother of South San Antonio Early College Academy sophomore Elizabeth Ben, said she has enjoyed seeing her daughter be successful in both high school and college. “We're super proud of her."
High school junior Destiny Reyes Medina has been recognized three times and was embraced by her family at the reception following the ECHS Honors Ceremony on March 29. Medina, who attends Somerset Early College Leadership Academy, has an interest in the STEM fields and is excited to graduate from high school with her associate degree already completed through the ECHS program. She said that her experience at Palo Alto College has prepped her for success as she furthers her education after graduation.
"It's exposed me a lot to the college environment," said Medina. "I feel like I'm really prepared. I know what's going on in my classes, what to expect from professors, and how to build a relationship with them."
With the support of faculty, staff, and students’ families, the honors recognition helps to propel students to success by encouraging and applauding their achievements. Congratulations to all of the students honored this semester!