The Family that Studies Together

Celso Garza, left, and his daughter Rebekah prepare for the commencement ceremony.

By Laura Nelson

Among the more than one hundred summer and fall graduates taking part in the Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College commencement ceremony held Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, two of them share a special tie.

Celso Garza graduated with a Master of Arts in History and his daughter, Rebekah, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Celso, who grew up in Asherton, earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary bilingual education from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) and he also holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling from Sul Ross. When asked why he wanted another degree, Celso said he earned the master’s in history simply because it was something that always interested him. He also used it as a type of therapy following his wife’s cancer diagnosis and her subsequent passing.

The master’s coursework also brought father and daughter closer. Celso said that starting another degree was difficult after so many years out of school and Rebekah proved to be a big help. She said she learned from him all of her life and now the shoe was on the other foot and she helped him with his rusty writing and study skills.

Rebekah is finishing her teacher certification and is interviewing for English teaching positions. She enjoys reading and writing as well as spending time with her extended family. Her long term plans include earning a master’s degree.

For the past five years, Celso has worked at Rio Grande College as a Student Service Specialist. He spent three years in the army and appreciates military air shows. He watches the Blue Angels every year when they bring their demonstration to south Texas. He also likes to travel and has Israel and Peru, especially Machu Picchu, at the top of his list.

Congratulations to Celso and Rebekah for their achievements!