BROWNSVILLE — Excitement was in the air as people stood around the ring, waiting for the evening’s entertainment to begin outside Texas Southmost College.
Fourteen luchadores entered the ring to the cheers of the audience.
Later that evening, TSC officials set off fireworks, marking the conclusion of the milestone 90th anniversary celebration.
“It was nice to see people of all ages, from little children to people that graduated in the 1950s,” TSC President Lily Tercero said. “It shows you how many people TSC has reached over the years.”
The community was invited for a variety of festivities Saturday evening, including live concerts, food and drink and lucha libre.
It was Ninfa Wizar’s first TSC community event, and she was happy to celebrate the school that she is enrolled at.
“I want to learn more about my school, more about its culture and more about the people in my community,” Wizar said.
Wizar was volunteering at the event to show the community the services TSC offers its students.
Several students enrolled in the nursing program also were present at the event, offering free blood pressure tests.
Tony Cortez, the director of the nursing program, said it was an opportunity for students to talk to the public about what they learn in class.
It was also a chance to celebrate the richness of TSC’s culture, he added.
“We want people to be able to experience the richness of the history and culture of Brownsville and TSC,” Cortez said.
TSC invited the community to celebrate because without it, there would not be a community college, Tercero said.
“This is the way we’ve been since we were established in 1926. We are for the community, and now that we’ve been reaccredited, it’s important to share that with them and invite them to celebrate our return back,” Tercero said.
It was an amazing and humbling experience to see so many people impacted by TSC, Tercero said.
“Education really changes a person’s life for the better. And for us, to see that is an incredible feeling. That’s why we’re here,” Tercero said. “We know what education can do for the community.”