All in the Family

Father and daughter earn degrees

 Arthur Thomas and Christina Thomas

At Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13, Uvalde natives Arthur Thomas and his daughter, Christina Thomas, will both cross the stage.

Arthur will graduate with a Master’s in Education in General Education. Christina graduated in the summer with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is taking part in the ceremony.

“No, we didn’t plan for this to happen, it just worked out that way,” said Arthur. Christina added, “I wasn’t thrilled when I found out we would be at the same ceremony. I didn’t want Dad stealing my limelight, but I’ve accepted it now.”

Arthur teaches English at Del Rio High School and has 20 years of experience in the classroom. He earned a master’s for the opportunity to assume leadership roles, but he is dedicated to continue teaching.

Christina will start Rio Grande College’s graduate counseling program in January. She currently works as a teacher’s aide at Dalton elementary and will soon start an internship at Elite Counseling. She plans to eventually work as a counselor and is exploring different fields.

Son and brother Arthur Thomas II is close to graduating from Rio Grande College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. The Thomas family also includes mom Ana, 16-year-old Christopher and 7-year-old Vivian.

Commencement exercises will be held Sat., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Uvalde High School’s John Harrell Auditorium.