Lamar Institute of Technology will graduate almost 400 students in its May 2011 commencement ceremony on May 12.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Montagne Center.

Jefferson County Judge Jeff R. Branick will be the commencement speaker.

Judge Branick is a graduate of Lamar University and Baylor University School of Law. After graduation, he began working at Provost & Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, and became a partner in the firm in 1986.

In 1998, Judge Branick left the law firm to open his own practice, and in 2007, he became attorney to the Jefferson County judge. He was elected as judge in 2010, and was sworn in to the office in January 2011.

Listed below are only Orange County candidates for the associate of applied science degree:

Bridge City: Austin Lloyd Bellair, Kristin Nicole Saunders, medical radiologic technology; Katalina Torres, respiratory care; Samantha Renee Briggs, process operating technology.

Orange: Amanda Nixon Omey, dental hygiene; Skyla Marie Crosslin, Kimberly Ann Smith Jackson, Brittany Nicole Pittman, medical radiologic technology; Tracy Danielle Richard, respiratory care; Brian Allan Duhon, criminal justice — security threat groups, homeland security; Andrew Barnes, Keaton Wren Winder, computer drafting technology; Garrett Wayne English, industrial mechanics technology; Matt Murphy, Charles Edward Ragusa, instrumentation technology; Garrett Wayne English, process operating technology.

Orangefield: Duff Holden Wright, medical radiologic technology; Karyn Elizabeth Nugier, Christina Beth Ratcliff, computer drafting technology.

Vidor: Crystal Darlene Gibbs Bernal, Rose Ann DeCorte, Lauren Rachelle Jackson, Paula Lynette Quick Stidivent and Brittany Rae LeBlanc Taylor, dental hygiene; Leslie LeAnn Cary, health information technology; Lyndsi Faye Allen, respiratory care; Christopher Daniel Jones, computer networking and troubleshooting technology; Thomas Brian Ringo, Matthew Dwayne Wilson, computer drafting technology; Chad E. Ward, instrumentation technology; Keith A. Johnson, Anna Jacqualine Wade, process operating technology.

Listed below are only the Orange County candidates for certificates of completion:

Bridge City: Terry Van Moseley, industrial mechanics technology.

Orange: John Donovan Wise, regional fire academy; James Gordon Russell, heating, ventilation and air conditioning; Cory Austin Nimitz, utility line technology.

Vidor: William Levi Buck, regional fire academy; Sheila Renee Howard Ackley, Brian Joseph Gray, Ty Aaron Maines, Guy McClendon, regional police academy; Scott R. Haygood, Chris Allen Loftin, welding technology.