Tarleton's first Midlothian grads walk the stage

Midlothian Graduates

Tarleton State University

Sunday, May 12, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Seven students became the first graduates from Tarleton’s Midlothian satellite campus during commencement ceremonies May 11.

Cristina Espinoza, Amber Hendrickson, Raja Donawho, Amy Young, Austin Kotch, Chelsea Sims and Jeremy Carter were among an estimated 1,220 graduates who received associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees during two ceremonies under a brilliant blue sky at Memorial Stadium.

All the Midlothian students received undergraduate business degrees with the exception of Carter, who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling.

“The Midlothian faculty, staff and I are so proud of our first graduates,” said Dr. David Deviney, director of Midlothian Outreach Programs. “They started with a goal of getting their bachelor’s degree in Midlothian and it came true. Congratulations graduates. Well done!”

In 2011, the Texas Legislature appropriated $3 million for Tarleton to establish the Midlothian Higher Education Center. The center serves as a multi-institutional teaching center in a partnership consisting of Tarleton, Navarro College, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the University of North Texas–Dallas. The four institutions are collaborating to provide upper-level and graduate courses on Navarro College’s Midlothian campus.

“The programs are designed to build upon the associate-level courses at Navarro College,” said Deviney. “The center extends the opportunity for higher education to those in Ellis County who might not otherwise have access.”

Population and enrollment growth led Navarro College and Midlothian’s Corporation for Economic Development to push for the center’s establishment to ensure college graduates will be available to meet the needs of the present and future area workforce.

Currently, Tarleton offers seven degree programs in Midlothian. Tarleton’s Midlothian program began in fall 2011 with two students and now has 150 students, Deviney said.


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