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Lone Star College awards record number of degrees and certifications

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HOUSTON, TX – Lone Star College (LSC) awarded 9,295 students with a degree or certificate during spring 2021 commencement celebrations, representing a 5% increase from 2020.

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PHOTO: Lone Star College awarded a record 9,295 degrees and certifications for spring 2021. Pictured is Autumn Hildebrand, LSC-CyFair graduate and graduation keynote speaker who plans on attending the University of Texas MD Anderson.

“This past year has presented students with unprecedented challenges,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the winter storm and the general disruptions in their lives, Lone Star College students were able to remain focused and accomplish something that will change their lives for the better.”

In addition to conferring more than 9,000 associate degrees and certifications, LSC also awarded 23 Bachelor of Arts degrees for the very first time.




“Attaining my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Lone Star College is the highlight of my educational journey and a valuable achievement for me and my family,” said Stella Bishop, RN, LSC-Montgomery BSN graduate. “I feel very confident knowing that I’m receiving a high-quality education from a well-respected college that also allows me to maintain an essential work-life-school balance.”

Lone Star College ranks second nationally in conferring associate degrees among all community colleges, according to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics. The ranking is from the 2018-19 academic year, the latest complete data available. There are approximately 1,100 community colleges nationwide.

LSC graduates were recognized in virtual graduation celebration videos which can be seen at


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“What these students accomplished is a testament to their hard work and determination,” said Mariam Saldívar, LSCS Board of Trustees chair. “I would also like to recognize the extraordinary work of our faculty, staff and administration to ensure students had the tools and resources necessary to earn their degree and be prepared for the next step in their journey.”

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“Starting out at Lone Star College has given me the chance to look at all my options and has helped me determine a path that I am passionate and excited about,” said Autumn Hildebrand, LSC-CyFair graduate. “I learned that it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone and that communication with others is the key to all success.” 




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Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. Lone Star College consists of seven colleges, eight centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit