LCC students add color to graduation ceremonies

By: Daniela Fierro
By: Daniela Fierro

LAREDO, TEXAS (LCC) -- Beginning this spring, a new tradition is added to the pomp and circumstance of Laredo Community College’s graduation ceremonies, thanks to a group of highly creative art students.

Candidates for graduation and guests will notice a new custom to the graduation ceremonies as four graduation banners representing the college’s degree and certificate programs are carried onto stage for the ceremonial conferring of degrees during the ceremony.

The banners, which were created by students from the Visual Arts Department, feature various symbols and colors that are representative of the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificate programs.

The designs were part of a 24-piece design project developed under the direction of LCC art instructor Gary Brown.

“I decided to incorporate this task into my fall 2013 design classes within the student course work,” said Brown. “Six teams spent three weeks developing different banners based on symbols and colors chosen by representatives of each degree. The goal was to create banners that would identify the strengths of each particular field.”

Upon completion of the designs, the students showcased all 24 creations to college representatives, who later choose the final four pieces as their permanent banners.

Brown, who has spearheaded other major student projects including the art work trash cans and the mosaic design in the Visual and Performing Arts Center rotunda, said that the project was a collective learning experience.

“Not only did the students get to participate in the creation of an important tradition, but they learned about how design works in the real world. The students got to practice with real clients that helped them better prepare for a future in design,” Brown said.
“This was a class effort where team members helped each other to develop their own creation,” Brown added.

The banner representing the Associate of Applied Science degree features the colors red, black and white, which represent the student’s unyielding willingness to lead a life of servitude. It also features three symbols; a pair of hands, a dove with an olive branch, and four elm leaves. They represent faith, positiveness and dignity.

The colors in the Associate of Science banner are purple, gold, white, and black and represent achievement, success, and individualism. The banner also includes an ink horn, a lion and flames. These symbols represent academic discoveries, inner strength and enthusiasm for learning.

The Associate of Arts banner features the colors green, gold, and white. These represent a well-balanced, academically entitled nature. There are three symbols in the banner; a lamp that enlightens the darkness and clarifies the path ahead, an open book that represents the manifestation of knowledge, and a castle, which stands for the comfort and safety the graduates will provide to their loved ones.

The colors in the Certificate banner include blue, gold, and white, and represent the regal qualities of a leader. The banner also features a ladder, a scroll, and a pitcher. The ladder symbolizes a student’s tenacity, the scroll scholarly achievement and the pitcher represents the student’s willingness to lead by serving as a vessel for others.

Students involved in the creation of the banners were Ilse J. Avila, Amanda L. Bustamante, Carlos Capetillo III, Ricardo Carrillo Jr., Adrian De La Cruz, Luis A. Garcia, Roel R. Lara, Veronica J. Luna, Edna A. Perez, Janelle M. Perez, Zuleima Sanchez, Celinda C. Silva, Marisol Tucubal, Xiomara K. Aguilar, Leandra N. Alvarez, Vanessa Barrera, Jessica A. Cabrera, Valentin Cavazos, Karolina Gamboa, Ramiro Garcia, Alicia Gonzalez, Liliana G. Guerrero, Alejandra Juarez, Amado Martinez, Jose M. Matos Torres, Hugo Noyola Jr., Isaias J. Rodriguez, Jessica R. Segovia and Diana L. Silva.

The new banners will make their debut presentation during the LCC commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Laredo Energy Arena.

For more information about graduation, contact the Marketing and Public Relations Office at 721-5140.

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