During those months, she said, giving up crossed her mind, but it was her role as a mother to Larry, the 8 year old, that pushed her.
was true for Bolt, 36, that she didn't achieve her doctorate alone. She said her support network consisted of family, faculty and coworkers.
"I can't claim that it's just me being successful," Bolt said Friday. "I always see it as teamwork, where I had enough support to make me go through it because, yes, it has been rough."
Solis spoke of UTB TSC's mostly Latino graduates, like Bolt who is from Matamoros, calling them "ambassadors."
"It's physically, mentally very demanding," she said, describing how being pregnant and sitting for hours typing her dissertation was a task in itself.
"When it felt like the earth was moving under your feet and the pressures were too great, you steadied yourself. You took a deep breath and you carried on, but you didn't do it alone," Solis said. "You're living the dream your parents had for you since the day you were born."
"I was almost never there, so now my challenge is to try and incorporate back into their lives as crazy as it might sound," she said. "Those last months were very, very hectic. . To me I'm still in the process of getting back to being a normal person."
"I want my son to see that," she said.
"You've Ghd Iv Styler Argos shown that neither a border in your backyard nor a fence through your campus can dull your American spirit," Solis said.
Bolt's baby is due just a few weeks from now. But, there's no doubt her radiance was in part because she reached the end of two years of research and sacrifice in addition to her university work, she is mother to an 8 year old and works as the instructional facilitator at Rosa Del Castillo Elementary in Brownsville.
Eventually she decided to take her education a step further, understanding, however, that it would be difficult for her family.
Nearly 1000 students graduate at UTB
There were several firsts Saturday, with plenty of other students who overcame challenges. The first class of UTB TSC Math and Science Academy students, who enrolled in the concurrent Beats Drenched
Bolt did her undergraduate work in Mexico. She married her husband, Scott, and soon thereafter, in 2002, began working for the Mercedes school district. It was then she had a great opportunity to earn her master's degree from the University of Texas Pan American with the school district footing the Beats Airpods
"It was for me and for my students," she said. "We have to be constant learners no matter what. Continuing as a lifelong learner has always been in me."
high school and college credit program, received their bachelor's degrees. The first class of nurses under the College of Nursing, just established in November, graduated and it was the first time two officers from the UTB TSC Reserve Officer Training Corps program were commissioned in the National Guard.
As she waited for the program, the 36 year old Harlingen resident wearing a bright blue doctoral robe with three orange velvet bands on each sleeve had a broad smile on her face. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis delivered a commencement address that encouraged graduates to strive forward, and she also touched on immigration reform and current economic times.
"I really wanted to make him understand what he can accomplish. . I just did it for him ultimately," she said through tears. "I believe it's worth it so he knows that the standard has been raised and that he can do it."
She was one of three College of Education students to receive a doctor of education degree in curriculum and instruction, and one of 944 of students graduating from the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on the hot and humid morning.
Though some were worried, walking across the commencement stage Saturday so close to her due date was never a question for Bolt.
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