Lamar State College-Port Arthur awarded 59 two-year associate degrees and 63 certificates of completion at its Summer Commencement Ceremony held Friday, Aug. 15 at the Parker Center in Port Arthur.

Carl A. Parker, a member of the Texas Legislature for more than 30 years and for whom the Parker Center was named, was the keynote speaker. Much of his talk focused on Dr. W. Sam Monroe, who is retiring later this month after four decades as president of the college, and the work the two men did to grow Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

Local students who received certificates and degrees are as follows:

Associate of Arts degree, Jacob Blain Viator – Kinesiology

Associate of Applied Science degree, Erica Rae Green, Surgical Technology; Michael McElroy, Instrumentation Technology; Breanna Nicole Smith, Surgical Technology, all of Bridge City.  

Certificates of completion, Kathryn Ann Beebe, Vocational Nursing, Bridge City; Blair Bishop, Vocational Nursing; Deborah Ruth Duke, Vocational Nursing, Orange; Jill Annette Kunst, Vocational Nursing, Vidor.

Photo: Lamar State College-Port Arthur President Dr. W. Sam Monroe (right) looks on as former State Sen. Carl Parker delivers the keynote speech at the school’s Summer 2014 Commencement Ceremony August 15 at the Parker Center.