NCTC celebrates spring commencement exercises

Spring 2019 graduates turn their tassels during North Central Texas College commencement ceremonies.

North Central Texas College hosted a commencement ceremony Friday, May 17, at the University of North Texas Coliseum to honor the spring 2019 graduates.

The evening ceremony recognized graduates of health sciences and cosmetology programs as well as career and technical education, arts and sciences graduates

More than 720 students applied for graduation at NCTC this spring and over 450 participated in the graduation ceremony, according to an NCTC press release.

Nineteen students graduated summa cum laude with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Those included Emilie Louise Baker, Victoria Lynn Brown, Belen Julieta Burdette, Stephen James Burnett, William T. Coe, Jeffery Lynn Evans, Aaron H. Foley, Margaret Grace Gough, Ronda M Gunn, Alison Janae Heath, Allison Lynn Kami, Turner Chapman Meeks, Courtney Ann Neeld, Matilin Grace Rigsby, Shannon Avalon Stacy, Katelynn Leanne Steinhauser, Alyssa Nicole Stewart, Dante Jesus Villarreal and Nathalie Wetherington.

Eighteen other students graduated magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.90-3.99: Nicholas John Angyal, Nabil R. Barrera, Lesley Anne Brooks, Kelly Brynn Cunningham, Kaitlyn E. Forrester, Punn Havananda, Kiely Linn Hunt, Veronica Coleen Kirts, Monica Cristina Lopez, Akiko Jeanette McCann, Daniel Cole McLean, Kody Dalton, Morgan, Julianne Murrah, Autumn Abigail Myers, Joselin Andrea Orta Aguirre, Kelsey Lynee Rhodes, Robert William Roth and Kimberly Annette Wentrcek.

Graduates from the NCTC Honors Program included Emily Armstrong, Bergan Conner, Katherine Dunlop, Abigail Flaming, Ethan Alexander Gaston, Jasselle Alexandrea Hanson, Kiely Hunt, Autumn Myers and Matilin Rigsby.

Provost Dr. Andrew Fisher presented the certification of graduates for the Class of 2019. Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace conferred the degrees.

The 2018 NCTC Faculty of the Year recipient, biology instructor Sherry Smith, gave the keynote address. Special speaker Chay’vion Moore, vice president of the NCTC Black Student Union, also spoke to his fellow graduates.

The NCTC Choir led by Shane Studdard sang the National Anthem. The NCTC Wind Ensemble led by Chris McGinty provided music before and after the ceremony.