Pharr to Host Border Patrol Head of the Class Ceremony, Mayor Hernandez to Deliver Keynote Address on Thursday 5/30 @ 11 am

Pharr, Texas – The City of Pharr will host the Border Patrol “Head of the Class/Youth of the Year” Ceremony at the Pharr Events Center (3000 N Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577) on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm. Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. will deliver the Keynote Address. Head of the Class (HOC) is in its 23rd year of recognizing high achieving students in the Rio Grande Valley.

“I am honored to serve as Border Patrol’s Head of the Class Keynote Speaker,” said Mayor Hernandez. “Education is powerful, and I am so proud of all of these students from across the Rio Grande Valley who have worked hard, made their education a priority, and are now off to begin a new exciting chapter in colleges and universities across the nation,” he added. “I hope to share my experiences and inspire them to continue to work hard and pursue their educational, career, and life goals,” he continued.

The “Head of the Class” is an award that recognizes 63 seniors from different high schools, which are among 34 Independent School Districts in South Texas.

“I think this scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity created by our local Border Patrol Sector for our students and it demonstrates the power of our community,” Hernandez stated. “Through this program, you have partnerships at all levels – local, state, and federal, and with different organizations and institutions; the ultimate goal is to help our students to and through college,” he said.

This year, Border Patrol announced that for the first time, in the 15-year history of the program, they will be able to give $1,500.00 in monetary scholarships to 10 seniors selected as Youth of the Year Recipients.


All media and the public are invited to attend.



WHAT:  Border Patrol “Head of the Class” Ceremony

WHEN:  Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm

WHERE: Pharr Events Center (3000 N Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577