The Bell County Expo Center in Belton will be filled with pomp and circumstance as fall graduation ceremonies are held by area colleges in coming days.

Central Texas College will hold the first fall graduation ceremony in its 50-year history at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Over 270 CTC students will receive their associate degrees and certificates of completion, according to Bruce Vasbinder, CTC spokesman.

The oldest graduate at the ceremony is 74, and the youngest are two 17-year-olds, Vasbinder said.

Numbered among the graduates are more than 150 active-duty service members, from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard.

“This graduation is certainly momentous for us and was designed with the students in mind,” said Jim Yeonopolus, CTC chancellor. “We often find students earn enough credits to graduate in the fall semester but then have to wait until spring to be a part of the graduation process.”

The Rev. Jimmy Towers of LifeWay Fellowship in Killeen will deliver the commencement address at CTC’s fall graduation. Fort Hood garrison commander Col. Henry Perry will also speak during the ceremony.

On Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Texas A&M University-Central Texas will gather its students at the Bell County Expo Center for the fall graduation ceremony. Among the 366 students attending, 83 will be graduate students.

Mark Stone, chief information officer for the Texas A&M University system, will attend the graduation.

“The ceremony will be intimate and brief,” said Karen Clos, A&M-Central Texas spokeswoman.

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