Outstanding Migrant Students To Be Recognized at The University of Texas at Austin

Forty exemplary high school migrant students will be recognized at the Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin, and two will be named Exemplary Migrant Students of the Year.

What: Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony

When: Noon on Monday, April 15

Where: Texas Union Ballroom, The University of Texas at Austin

Background and Additional Information: Migrant high school students are able to complete distance learning courses through the university's Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program in the K-16 Education Center, a department of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education. The program provides flexible courses and support services that enable migrant students to earn high school credit at any time and any place in order to meet and often exceed high school graduation requirements.

About 100 migrant students, 70 parents and 60 educators will attend the recognition ceremony. Twenty school districts will be represented: Brownsville, Donna, Eagle Pass, Edinburg, El Paso, Fabens, La Joya, La Villa, Magnolia, Mission, Olton, Plains, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Robstown, San Benito, San Felipe-Del Rio, South San Antonio, Taylor, Tornillo and Ysleta.

Juan C. González of the university's College of Education will provide a welcome address, and Judith G. Loredo of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will be the keynote speaker.

College scholarships to five students including the two Exemplary Migrant Students of the Year and the winner of the program's Creative Award will also be presented during the ceremony. All five scholarships are a gift from ExxonMobil, which has provided annual scholarships to the program since 2002.

Activities taking place before and after the ceremony will provide these students with an opportunity to learn more about The University of Texas at Austin and the admissions process. The day will conclude with a tour of the university campus.