United States Coast Guard Captain to address graduates
03.31.2015 | By Amanda Booren
PASADENA, Texas – Captain Brian Penoyer, Commander, United States Coast Guard Sector Houston – Galveston, will serve as the featured speaker during the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 7 p.m., at NRG Stadium.
“We are so fortunate to have Captain Penoyer as our commencement speaker,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “He is a dynamic speaker, a great leader, and a strong advocate for education. I’m excited about his message to our graduates.”
Captain Penoyer assumed command in June 2013, and directs all Coast Guard missions in Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana. He serves as the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for an area spanning from Matagorda Bay, Texas, to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Sector Houston – Galveston encompasses seven major port complexes, including five in the top 25 nationally. Each day these ports and waterways contribute more than $579 million to our nation’s economy.
Captain Penoyer holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and is a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Captain Penoyer has been awarded five Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Department of Transportation “9-11” Medal, and several campaign medals including the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
The May commencement ceremony will bring together San Jacinto College graduates from each of the three campuses for one combined ceremony. With a focus on helping students complete what they start, San Jacinto College has implemented many student success initiatives over the past several years. This has resulted in more than 5,000 students earning their credentials from San Jacinto College in each of the last two academic years. This is nearly double the number of graduates from the 2006-2007 academic year.
More information about the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony can be found at sanjac.edu/graduation.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.