cover of graduatgion programTemple College will present more than 900 degrees and certificates at two separate commencement ceremonies in May.

The first ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Hutto High School Performing Arts Center. This ceremony will include students attending the East Williamson County Higher Education Center (EWCHEC) locations in Hutto and Taylor.

The second ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Bell County EXPO Center in Belton. This ceremony will include students attending the Temple College main campus and the Texas Bioscience Institute Middle College program.

The ceremonies will recognize students who have earned associate degrees or certificates of completion within the past year, as well as those who expect to finish by the end of summer 2017.

Dr. Bill Cornelius, director of the Respiratory Care Department, will be recognized at the May 13 ceremony as the recipient of the 2017 Claudia and W.T. Barnhart Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Cornelius is the 29th recipient of the award, which includes a $2,000 cash prize.

Temple College, which was founded in 1926, held its first commencement ceremony in May 1927. Details on this year’s commencement ceremonies may be found at

The May 13 ceremony in Belton will be streamed live at for those unable to make the event.