Members of the Breakthrough community gathered at Stubb’s BBQ to commemorate the graduation of more than 50 new college graduates from the class of 2022. The Breakthrough Graduates Banquet, held annually, is an intimate gathering for our most recent college graduates and their families. This life-changing achievement of becoming a first-generation college graduate marks the realization of a 12-year journey and commitment each of these students made in 6th grade.

Students and families enjoyed bar-b-q bites, mingled with fellow graduates and heard from Breakthrough College Completion staff and Breakthrough student speaker, Aileene Rosales. To conclude the program, Breakthrough staff asked each graduate to come on stage and be recognized and applauded for their achievements. The floor opened up for graduates and family members to have the opportunity to share memories from their 12-year Breakthrough experience.

To my fellow Breakthrough college graduates in the audience, I want to say, I am so proud to say that you are graduating too. I always feel like you can point out the Breakthrough students in any room, because they’re smart and they’re hard-working…you can just tell. We’ve overcome so many obstacles to get to where we are today and there might be other obstacles that pop up that make it seem like everything is falling apart, but remember how much you’ve already accomplished, and that you can get through anything and more after this because the barrier has finally been broken.

– Aileene Rosales, St. Edward’s University, Class of 2022

 CLASS OF 2022 Graduates

Marlene Huerta, University of Texas at Austin 

Breonna Ray, University of Texas at San Antonio

Yesenia Aviles, Texas A&M University

Robert Evans, University of Texas at San Antonio

Giselle Rodriguez, Texas State University 

Da’Keona Jones, Texas State University 

Mackenzie Alexander, Texas State

Jackie Martinez, Texas State University 

Bryan Garcia, Texas State University 

Veronica Carrera, Texas State University 

Beth Rocha, Texas State University 

Jocelyn Sanchez, Texas State University 

Andrea Grimaldo, Texas State University 

Morgan Grimaldo, Texas State University

Gustavo Salinas, Texas State University 

Ajanae Spence, Texas State Unviersity 

Ishajanek Overton, Austin Community College

Abisai Andrade, Southern New Hampshire University

Brandon Perez, University of Houston-Victoria

Travion Walker, Concordia University

Kaomi Matos, St. Edward’s University

Juan J. Garcia, St. Edward’s University

Raul Trujillo, St. Edward’s University

Norma Reyes, St. Edward’s University

Folsade Fashina, Howard University

Nayeli Barcenas Perez, Austin Community College

Sherlyn Vargas, Austin Medical Assistant School

Melanie Campos, St. Edward’s University

Eddy Sanchez, St. Edward’s University

Ronald Leon Ugarte, Teas State Technical College

Francisco Herrera, Roeffler School of Hair Design

Aileene Rosales, St. Edward’s University

Mariana Monroy, University of Texas at Austin

Jorge Villa, University of Texas at Austin 

Asia Dockery, University of Texas at Austin

Lupe Brena, University of North Texas

Nazareth Gonzalez, The College of Health Care Professions

Demetria Brown, Huston-Tillotson University

Matteo Sarmiento, University of Texas at Dallas

Rodrigo “Trey” Vivar III, University of North Texas

Stacy Navarro, Austin Dental Assistant Academy

Jose Zubieta, Texas A&M College Station

Maria Jose Martinez Ruiz, Trinity College

Stefany Rodriguez, Texas A&M College Station

Geovanny Rodriguez, Texas A&M College Station

Seth Granados, Austin Community College

Ymani McIntosh, Howard University

Carmen Hernandez, Austin Community College

Check out the list of all Breakthrough graduates here.