The 2017 San Jacinto College Commencement was a family affair. Friends, siblings, parents and their children walked across the stage at NRG Stadium on May 13, 2017, to receive college degrees and certificates for the next chapters of their lives.
Steven Taff received his associate degree in construction management, while his daughter Rian Taff received her associate degree in paralegal studies on the same night. When Rian graduated from high school and started attending San Jacinto College, her father knew he had some unfinished business to pursue in college.
“My kids inspire me,” said Steven Taff. “I thought that maybe I was too old or just busy raising the kids but then I thought, ‘why not?’ I’ve been in construction for 25 years already, and this will reinforce my career and help me move up in the ranks of management.”
In addition to his daughter attending San Jacinto College, Steven Taff’s three younger children will attend San Jacinto College this coming fall. Ryan Taff was inducted into the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) national honor society and will soon take her National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) exam. She plans to earn her bachelor’s degree and attend law school.
Ruby Aguilar graduated with her associate degree in medical laboratory technology and has a job lined up at Bayshore Medical Center. Rebekkah Aguilar graduated with an associate degree in general studies and plans to transfer to a university. Ruby Aguilar also plans to earn her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer had the opportunity to congratulate Juan Vargas, her son-in-law, on stage as he received his associate degree in engineering design graphics