Many consider Charlie's Bistro to be a hidden gem in Carthage, but as the word spreads it won't remain hidden for long.
Charlie's bistro is the newest restaurant to open on the Panola College campus. Charlie's is located in the newly renovated Arthur Johnson Gymnasium and serves Seattle's Best Coffee along with gourmet sandwiches and salads.... more
Instructors Dwayne Ferguson and Jennifer Coon stand with graduating students.
On Friday, May 13, 2016, Panola College conducted its 77th commencement at the Carthage Civic Center. Panola College had 333 degree and certificate candidates and 182 of those students participated in the commencement ceremony making this graduation the largest in the College's history.... more
Shirley Ingram honored for 37 years of service with Panola College.
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Panola College held a retirement ceremony to honor three longtime employees Mr. Ernie Davis, Mrs. Kathy Pate, and Mrs. Shirley Ingram.... more
“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”
Panola College earned a spot in the top 10 ranking of Digital Community Colleges in the most recent survey and competition. Panola was awarded ninth place in the small college category of schools with under 5,000 students. Allen West, Panola College Director of Information Technology, made the announcement on Thursday, April 7.... more
Peanuts detail ~ May 16, 1974 © 1974 Peanuts Worldwide LLC
Peanuts... Naturally, takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz's exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. Visitors get a Peanuts-eye view of the universe, "web of nature," trees, birds, the elements (snow, wind, rain, and clouds), gardening, and Charlie Brown's EPA escapade.... more
Dr. Berri O’Neal – 2016 Alumna of the Year
The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Berri O'Neal as the 2016 Panola College Alumna of the Year. Dr. O'Neal will be recognized by Dr. Greg Powell. President of Panola College at the spring commencement ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 7pm in the Carthage Civic Center.... more
“Bryan is a first rate singer of the songs of the American Popular Songbook...what sets him apart is his musicality and ability to communicate... and he falls into that elite group of the very few young singers who really understand this music, ” stated writer Jack Lewin, Producer of “Our Sinatra”.
From the first time we hear them, there are certain singers whom we feel that we know. As the intimacy of their delivery and subtle shading of their interpretation draw us in, a whole personality seems to take shape in our imagination. Join Panola College on April 5, 2016, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium at 7 pm to hear Bryan Anthony and his band provide an evening of music that pays homage to the life and times of the "golden age" of American songwriting.... more
Panola College Foundation's 2nd Annual Gala - The Mad Hatter Tea Party
Panola College Foundation recently held its second annual Gala fundraiser at the Frances B. Ross Ballroom, on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The event theme, titled the Mad Hatter Tea Party, was inspired by Lewis Carroll's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The evening brought in $34,000, which will be used towards student scholarships, faculty and staff grants, and other special projects. ... more
In conjunction with the lecture, “Healthy Hearts are Happy Hearts” will be on exhibit in the Fay Allison Gallery from February 1st – 29th.
Panola College's M.P. Baker Library will host The Importance of Nutrition and Exercise as We Age with special speaker John Solan on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in the Murphy-Payne Community rooms of the library. ... more
Panola College Foundation invites you to their 2nd annual gala, a Mad Hatter Tea Party, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom at Panola College.
Venture down the Rabbit Hole with the Panola College Foundation and their Premier Event Sponsor, Corgan Associates Inc., to a Wonderland evening of fun and fantasy. ... more
Dr. Danny Paul Windham graduated from Panola College with an Associate in Science Degree in May of 1974.
The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Danny Paul Windham as the 2015 Panola College Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Windham will be recognized at the Panola College commencement ceremony scheduled for Thursday, December 10, at 7pm in the Carthage Civic Center.... more
shows her excitement as a new owner of a 2015 Chevy Camaro she won from the Panola College Foundation’s Cruisin’ for College Car Raffle.
On Saturday, November 21, the winning ticket of the Cruisin' for College Car Raffle benefiting the Panola College Foundation was drawn in front of a group of Panola Ponies basketball fans at half-time. ... more
(L to R) Greg Powell, Vern Reeder, David Bush, Richard Ballenger, Jim Payne, Robert Underwood, and Jessica Pace (Not pictured) John Conway
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 the Charles C. Matthews Foundation along with the Panola College Board of Trustees toured the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center at Panola College. ... more
Frances B. Ross Millennium Clock Tower was erected on Tuesday, September 29.
The Frances B. Ross Millennium Tower was erected on Tuesday, Sept. 29, on the plaza in front of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. The carillon bell tower now anchors the east side of campus, providing students, faculty and staff an artistic reminder of Mrs. Ross's support for the college. ... more
2015-2016 Panola College Foundation Board
On September 16, the 2015-2016 Panola College Foundation Board gathered in the Murphy Payne Community Room to conduct a quarterly business meeting and welcome new members. ... more
One Lucky Winner’s New 2015 White Chevy Camaro LT With LT1
Panola College Foundation is excited to present Cruisin' For College sponsored by Pippen Motor Company. The Foundation is offering the opportunity to win a 2015 Chevy Camaro which will be presented during half time on November 21 at the Ponies Basketball game at 4:00 pm. ... more
Kurt Greenhouse, Whitney Edens, and Dr. Joe Shannon
On September 10, 2015, Kurt Greenhouse, Field Foreman of XTO Energy, presented Dr, Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction, and Whitney Edens, Director of Workforce and Continuing Education with a $5,000 check for the Panola College Foundation.... more
Panola College Board of Trustees perform the ribbon cutting to officially open the Health and natural Sciences building.
Panola College held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Health and Natural Sciences building on August 31, 2015. ... more
photo courtesy of Teresa Beasley
August 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Panola College with a new class of 36 ADN students. ... more
Rebecca Courtney and Emily Dodge in the Panola College Store help students find their books and Panola apparel for their first day of class.
On Saturday, August 22, 250 students began arriving at Panola College to begin the new semester and move into their rooms. ... more
Mr. Dave Gorrie
Panola College is proud to announce the establishment of the Dave Gorrie Memorial Baseball Scholarship. The scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Dave Gorrie. ... more
2015 Panola College Foundation Grant Recipients
"It is with the support and generosity of the faculty, staff, and others within the community that the Foundation is able to award scholarships and grants each year to Panola College, said Giles. "It is my pleasure this morning to announce the twelve recipients of Foundation grants totaling more than $30,000.00."... more
Meet Panola's Newest Employees
"Campaigns & Cartoons: The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion" “A traveling exhibit from the collection of Julian and Sue Ridlen in cooperation with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site” Sponsored by the Panola College Foundation
Panola College's M.P. Baker Library will host Campaigns & Cartoons: The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion exhibit through the end of September. ... more
(L to R) Mike Milliorn, Kim Smith, Dr. Joe Shannon, Carlie Smith, Natalie Oswalt and Dr. Greg Powell
On August 6, 2015, Mike Milliorn, Chevron Operations Supervisor, and Kim Smith, Operations Assistant, and Carlie Smith, Panola College student, presented Panola College's Petroleum Technology program with a $63,500 donation.... more
Panola College is named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for the fourth consecutive year, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. ... more
Bill O'Neal to receive award
Bill O'Neal will be presented the A.C. Greene Award in September at the West Texas Book Festival in Abilene, Texas. ... more
Chandler Brooks, Susan Hardy, Christina Caudle, Amanda Bickham, Dr. Barbara Cordell
Four nursing students and two instructors from Panola College recently spent a week in the jungles of Central America providing basic health care to people in remote villages in the Toledo District of Belize.... more
Kids' College 2015 Participants
This year participants took part in learning art, music, animal science, technology, forensic science, character building and fitness. ... more
Nat Lankford and Harley Wilson presented the check for the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation.
On Wednesday, July 01, Mr. Harley Wilson, Nat Lankford, and Charlotte Woods presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $12,000 towards the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship. ... more
On June 19, 2015, Panola College Board of Trustees, employees, and members of the community celebrated President Dr. Gregory S. Powell’s fifteen years as the college’s leader.
On June 19, 2015, Panola College Board of Trustees, employees, and members of the community celebrated President Dr. Gregory S. Powell’s fifteen years as the college’s leader. ... more
On Friday, February 13, representatives of the Gas Compressors Association’s Board and Education Committee presented Panola College with a generous donation for the Petroleum Technology department.
On Friday, February 13, representatives of the Gas Compressors Association's Board and Education Committee presented Panola College with a generous donation for the Petroleum Technology department.... more
On January 31st, Panola College Foundation hosted its first annual gala fundraiser with a Gatsby inspired theme. The Gatsby Gala brought in almost 100 Panola College supporters dressed in their best 1920's attire for the event and raised over $12,000. ... more
Panola College Receives $70,000 from Chevron... more
Panola College Foundation to host Gatsby Gala as a fundraiser for the floating granite fountain.... more
On Thursday, December 11, Panola College conducted its 74th commencement at the Carthage Civic Center. Panola College had 214 degree and certificate candidates and 130 of those students participated in the commencement ceremony. ... more
In building construction, topping out is a builders' rite to place a tree or flag on top of the building. Traditionally it is held when the last beam is placed on a structure during its erection.... more
On Monday, December 1, 2014 Panola College Board of Trustees officially honored the Charles C. Matthews Foundation for their continuous generous donations by naming the new Student Life Center after the Foundation. The Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center will receive an official ribbon cutting ceremony to take place after the building’s completion in early fall 2015.
Robert A. Sherman began his term as Chair in September 2014 and has been a member of the Panola College Foundation for 5 years. He served as the Vice Chair on the foundation from 2012-2014 and has also served on the foundation’s Investment Committee for four years and the Grant Committee for three years.
Today Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, announced the largest donation to Panola College in its 67 year history. The Charles C. Matthews Foundation has generously awarded 1 million dollars to Panola College to equip fully the new Student Center currently in the construction phase.
Panola College Receives Historic $1 Million Dollar Donation... more
With the construction of the new Health and Sciences building due to be completed fall 2015, the Panola College Foundation believes it is important to mark the memorable occasion. The foundation intends to accomplish this with the addition of a beautiful floating granite fountain which will be placed on the North side of the new building. ... more
phi theta kappa... more
Worley Scholarship Endowed... more
Health Science Construction... more
Gas compressor trainer is donated to Panola College... more
Kids College Summer of 2014 at Panola College... more
Lunch Box Lecture from Bill O'Neal... more
2014 Spring Panola College Graduation
2014 Spring Panola College Graduation... more
Larry Allen Retires from Panola College
Larry Allen Retires from Panola College... more
Ground Breaking for new construction
Panola College ground breaking Ceremony... more
College 5K Run Set for April 6!
Running a 5K really does give you wings!
The Panola College Student Government Association (SGA) will host its third annual 5K Run at Panola College on April 6 at the main campus in Carthage, Texas. This event will give students, faculty and members of the community a chance to have fun while competing and raising money for the Panola College Foundation Endowment.
The 5K Run will begin in front of the Martha Miller Administration Building. Participants should arrive by 8 a.m. to register. Those interested in running in the 5K Run can also register to participate online or download entry forms by visiting the Panola College 5K Run website (www.panola.edu/5k-run)...more
Panola College Health Science Center News
Jena Rhodes, RN, MSN recently passed the Certified Pediatric Nurse Examination. This certification entitles Ms. Rhodes to use the initials CPN (Certified Pediatric Nurse) after her name. Ms. Rhodes is a nursing instructor at Panola College, and these types of certifications are highly valued in nursing and in nursing education. We congratulate Ms. Rhodes.
Dr. Barbara Cordell, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at Panola College, provided a presentation on Complementary Healing on March 8, 2013 at Stephen F. Austin State University. The conference titled Mission Possible is an offering for mental health professionals and consumers from around the country and has been held annually for the last 22 years. Dr. Cordell's presentation included information on yoga, aromatherapy, and healing touch. For additional information about all of the programs offered through the W.C. Smith Health Science Center go online to www.panola.edu/programs/health-sciences.
Choral Concert Scheduled for April 2
The Panola College Choral Department invites you to an evening of show tunes from the Broadway stage. Please join us on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas. Audience members will be treated to solos, ensembles, and duets from musicals such as Chicago, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, and Wicked. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Hope to see you there!
E-Flat Porch Band to Perform at Panola College
On March 28 at 7 pm, the E-Flat Porch Band will perform at Panola College’s Q. M. Martin Auditorium. The Band will present an educational and entertaining introduction to acoustic Blues music. Band members, Duane Brown and Rudy Littrell, will recognize and pay homage to many Texas musicians who have played an important role in influencing music trends across the country. Their “Porch Music” will be played on acoustic instruments and is influenced by Country Blues, Texas folk music, Jazz and swing standards, and Depression Era country songwriters. In addition, through their original songs the E-Flat Porch Band carries on a tradition of creativity in its musical form. This event is sponsored by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, the program is free and no reservations are required. For additional information, please call 903-693-2000.
Cassity Scholarship Established
Robert Earl Mason, Judy Cassity and Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College
Panola College is proud to announce the establishment of the Kyle Cassity Memorial Scholarship. Established by friends and family, the scholarship will be used to help sophomore students enrolled in the Petroleum Technology Program or one of Panola College’s Health Science programs...more
Picture: Johnnie Bishop- Betsy’s brother, Mac Wheat, Rosie Morris- Betsy’s sister,
Charlcye Robertson, and Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College.
Betsy Wheat Scholarship Established
Panola College announces the establishment of the Betsy Wheat Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship was established by her friends and family. The scholarship will be used to help sophomore students enrolled in Panola College’s registered nursing program...More
Panola College Student Art Exhibit
Graduating Panola College Sophomores, Breely Barthe, Tyler Dartez, Matt Sanford, Jessica Nichols, Harrison March and Heather Harrison, will exhibit their work in the Allison Gallery during the month of March. A reception with live music performed by "Chasing Stable" will be held in honor of the students on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12 pm. The public is invited to attend this event. For additional information please call 903 693-2091 or email@example.com.
The start of the 2012 5K Run!
3rd Annual Panola College SGA 5K Run Set for April 6
The Panola College Student Government Association (SGA) is preparing for one of its biggest fundraisers yet. The SGA is organizing a 5K (3.1 miles) fun run to be held on April 6 at the main campus in Carthage, Texas. The event will give participants a chance to have fun while competing and raising money for the Panola College Foundation.
The 5K run will begin in front of the Martha Miller Administration Building at 9 a.m. Participants should arrive by 8 a.m. to sign-in. Proceeds from this event will be used to help support the Panola College Foundation. Those interested in running can pick up an application from the Office of Institutional Advancement, any student enrolled in Professor Naples’ Government course, or by registering online at ( www.active.com/running/carthage-tx/5k-pony-express-2013 ).
“Last year the SGA 5K run raised more than $26,000 for the Panola College Foundation,” said Brian Naples, Government Professor and SGA Sponsor. “I hope the community will once again support the efforts of our students by participating in this event, making a donation, or helping with a sponsorship. The 5K run helps students to understand what is involved in raising money for a worthy cause. Last year many commented that they had no idea how much work was involved or how difficult it was to ask for a donation. A growing and healthy College Foundation is a great benefit to the College and I’m hopeful that this year’s event will be a huge success. If you would like to participate in any of these events or need additional information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-693-2043.”
The E-Flat Porch Band to Perform at Panola College
Do you remember when friends and neighbors sat on the porch and entertained themselves and each other by playing tunes and singing songs? Do you wish to return to those days when the music was fresh and heartfelt? If so, then make plans to spend an evening with the E-Flat Porch Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Panola College Q. M. Martin Auditorium. It is sure to boost your spirits and energize the start of your weekend....more
Four Panola College Associate Degree Nursing students recently received $300 scholarships from the ETMC Carthage Volunteer Auxiliary. Each year the ETMC Auxiliary receives applications for nursing scholarships and selects deserving students to receive money to help them with school expenses. This year's recipients are Karlyn Sherwin of Elysian Fields, TX, Tiffany Hagood of Longview, TX, Natalea Wilburn from Shelbyville, TX and Deana Hubbard of Bethany, LA.
Photo: (L to R): Lynn Getsay, Ellen Stokes, Joy Cariker, Betty Rodgers, Marge Wilkerson, Lynda Albers, Martha Arnold, Karlyn Sherwin, Tiffany Hagood, Natalea Wilburn, Deana Hubbard and Dr. Barbara Cordell, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences.
College Board Approves Calling Bond Election
During the regular meeting of the Panola College Board, the trustees, in a unanimous vote, approved calling for a bond election to be held on May 11, 2013.
If approved by the voters, the bonds will be used to finance the construction of the following education facilities:
- New Science and Health Sciences Building
- New Student Life Center
- Complete renovation of the Roy Monk Building
- Complete renovation of the Raymond Rhea Building
- Partial demolition, renovation, and repurposing of the Phoebe Sue Perlman Building
- Partial demolition, renovation, and repurposing of the Fitness Center
- Renovation of the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium
- Additional parking
Carthage High School students stopped by one of many information tables set up by Panola College on Thursday during the CHS Career & Technology Fair. During the event College personnel provided CHS students with information about financial aid, the petroleum technology program, computer information technology, cosmetology, the emergency medical technician program, nursing, and much, much more.
O’Neal Pens New Book
Arcadia Publishing Co. of Charleston, SC, announces the nationwide release of West Texas Cattle Kingdom by award-winning author, Bill O'Neal. Featuring more than 200 photos, West Texas Cattle Kingdom relates the epic story of cowboys, longhorn cattle, trail drives, range wars, and great ranches and ranchers. Bill O'Neal is the State Historian of Texas, with an office and academic affiliation with Panola College, where he taught history for 36 years. West Texas Cattle Kingdom is O'Neal's 41st book, and is now available for purchase.
Panola College SRTC CNAs Earn Certification
Panola College’s newest Certified Nurse Aide class scored a 100% pass rate on its State Certification test on January 3. Congratulations to the following students from left to right: Kelsi Griffin, Emily Taylor, Jennifer Johnson, Tara Baylor, and Wanda Yarborough, not pictured Judy Lee, RN, BSN, Certified Nurse Aide Instructor. A big "Thank You" goes to the Holiday Nursing Center administration, staff, and especially the residents for allowing Panola College students to do clinicals and test at their facility.
Panola College Hosts Welding Contest
Welding students gathered at Panola College to test their skills
The Panola College Welding Technology Department held a welding contest for high school seniors on February 7, 2013. Thirty-one welders from Texas and Louisiana competed in a skills contest at Panola College. High schools that sent teams to participate included Buna High School, Gary High School, Carthage High School, Shelbyville High School, Marshall High School, Trinity High School, Zwolle High School, North DeSoto High School, Many High School, Stanley High School and Converse High School. More...
CURRENT VERSION OF GED TEST TO EXPIRE AT END OF 2013
Panola College announced that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.
Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential. More...
Panola College Theatre to Present “The Boys Next Door”
(L to R) - Back: CJ Craddock, Dylan Deaton, Joey Hall, Zachary Barlow;
Middle: Linda Rivas, Sunny Sicko, Kelsey Bass;
Front Row: TJ Rushing, Trenton Wall, Mariah Fulbright, John Shaw
Beginning on February 21, the Panola College Theatre will present Tom Griffin’s “The Boys Next Door.” Commenting on the performance, drama professor, Clay Grizzle said, “The play is the story of four mentally handicapped men who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly ‘burned out’ social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, are "little things" that sometimes become momentous (and often very funny). There are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, the audience is reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they are allotted on this earth.” Read more...
Biology Labs Benefit From Corporate Support
Dr. Greg Powell, Mr. Galen Knight, and Dr. Kevin Rutherford
Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, and Biology Professor, Dr. Kevin Rutherford, recently met with Mr. Galen Knight, Manager of the Carthage Walmart, to thank him for a $500 grant provided through the Walmart Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase anatomical and physiological models to educate biology students and those planning to pursue a career in the health care industry. Read more...
Panola College Grad Publishes Book to Raise Awareness for Rare Illness
Jim Payne Named Alumnus of the Year
Mr. Jim Payne, Class of 1964 and 2012 Panola College Alumnus of the Year
The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of Mr. Jimmy D. Payne as the 2012 Panola College Alumnus of the Year. Payne will be recognized at the Panola College graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 11, at 7pm in the Arthur M. Johnson Gymnasium.
Edwards Accepts Awards
Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Edwards was the recipient of two faculty awards from Tarleton State University and the Texas A&M University System. Dr. Roberts-Edwards is pictured with representatives of Tarleton State University after accepting her awards.
From the Panola Watchman - Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Edwards, the daughter of Glendell Chadwick, and Baker Roberts Jr. was awarded two prestigious faculty awards from Tarleton State University and the Texas A&M University System. She was awarded the Tarleton State University - Barry B. Thompson Service Award and the Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence. Jennifer is a 2000 graduate from Carthage High School and a 2001 graduate from Panola College.
In her role as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Tarleton State University, Edwards has worked to involve her students in undergraduate research, service learning, and internship experiences. While at Tarleton State University, Edwards has published over 10 research articles in national journals and has presented over 40 research presentations at regional and national conferences.
Joe Ben LaGrone - Member of the Class of 59 Receives Honors
Joe Ben LaGrone, a native of Deadwood, has been inducted as a Notable Alumni by the Alumni Association of Centenary College of Louisiana. LaGrone, a 1961 magna cum laude graduate of Centenary, was recognized for his professional and leadership accomplishments that have spanned 5 decades throughout the U.S., the Far East and parts of Europe. While at Centenary Mr. LaGrone, son of the late Temple D. and Zona Mae LaGrone, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa - honorary leadership society - and Alpha Chi - honorary academic society. As a senior at Centenary, he successfully competed with students from the U.S., Canada and Mexico and received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate studies.