Gainesville — North Central Texas College hosted two commencement ceremonies last week to honor the Fall 2013 graduates.
On Thursday, graduates of Health Sciences, Cosmetology and Law Enforcement programs were honored. On Friday, a ceremony was held for graduates of Advanced and Applied Technology programs, and graduates of Arts and Sciences programs.
More than 370 students applied for graduation at NCTC this fall and 182 participated in the graduation ceremony.
Four students graduated Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative grade point average of 4.00. They included Kelsey Leigh Claney, Ihuoma Dike Osuji, Amy Leann Petry and Bethany Lauren Powell.
Seven other students graduated Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.90-3.99. They included Salyna Marie Baca, Joshua Charles Benners, Jacqueline Guadalupe Farias, Amy Elizabeth Feather, Shana Lynn Kubena, Lisa Dawn Miller and Laura Nicole Stephenson.
Brytni Jo Cox was an NCTC Honors Program.
The Triumph of the Spirit Award was presented to student Erik King, who just a few weeks after his high school graduation, woke up one morning to discover that he was unable to move his legs as the result of a ruptured spinal hemangioma.
King’s plan to attend college was not derailed by his inability to walk. As he said, “it’s just something that happened, it couldn’t be helped and you just deal with it and go on.”
King started his studies at the NCTC Bowie campus and later moved into the dorms at the Gainesville campus. He was a student worker in the Science department and later took an internship through the Dixon Water Foundation to work on the PACE Project in sustainable agriculture.He will become a student at Texas A&M University in January to pursue a degree in rangeland ecology.
King was presented his award by NCTC Science instructor Dr. Lisa Bellows.
NCTC Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Brent Wallace presented the Class of 2013 and certifications of graduates, and NCTC President Dr. Eddie Hadlock conferred the degrees.