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NMJC Holds Commencement to Honor Graduates

NMJC Holds Commencement to Honor Graduates photo 5/11/2007 4:04:54 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College affirmed 233 students' search for knowledge during its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11, when the students officially graduated with various degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Twenty-six GED recipients graduated from the Adult Basic Education program as well.

Prior to the event, a reception was held for the graduates, their families, and guests. The ceremony aired live on U.S. Cable Channel 19 in Hobbs. The NMJC College and Community Band, directed by Dr. Yau-Sun Wong, provided accompaniment for the prelude, processional and recessional portions of the ceremony.

The commencement exercise honored students graduating with associate degrees in arts, applied science, and science, as well as certification students and GED recipients.

Students receiving the Associate of Arts degree are as follows (* denotes Honor Graduate):

Chance Dean Abernathy, Lovington, NM; Kyle A. Adams, Hobbs, NM; *Rickie Anne Adams, Hobbs, NM; *Deana S. Allen, Lovington, NM; Heidy L. Alvarado, Hobbs, NM; Celia Cereceres Alvarez, Hobbs, NM; Dominque Aranda, Lovington, NM; Kevin Atkinson, Surrey, BC; Karla Arellanos, Hobbs, NM; *April Jolene Austin, Hobbs, NM; *Valerie Ann Banks, Lovington, NM; Misty Michelle Barreraz, Lovington, NM; Brainerd E. Barrios, Hobbs, NM; Ashley Judith Beauchamp, Lovington, NM; Matthew Lynn Becknell, Lovington, NM; Christina Renee Braswell, Hobbs, NM; Jonna A.M. Braswell, Hobbs, NM; Analilia Campos, Lovington, NM; Jose Angel Campos, Hobbs, NM; Rossana D. Campos, Hobbs, NM; Taurean J. Carr, Wichita, KS; Creta L. Carter III, Pottsboro, TX; Perla Guadalupe Castro, Hobbs, NM; *Carla D. Choate, Lovington, NM; Rachel Cheyenne Clark, Millsap, TX; *Jazmin Elena Claro, Lovington, NM; Richard T. Colon, Hobbs, NM; *Cindy Zoe Cooper, Hobbs, NM; David O. De La O, Jr., Tatum, NM; Kandace Krystal DeLaCruz, Hobbs, NM; Tina Rubio DeLaCruz, Hobbs, NM; Sara Elizabeth Dennis, Hobbs, NM; Bertaldo Diaz, Jr., Hobbs, NM; Daniel James Emery, Hobbs, NM; De'Anica Nicole Enriquez, Hobbs, NM; Joseph Coy Evans, Cleveland, TX; Flor Asusena Flores, Hobbs, NM; Tony Raymond Fuller, Eunice, NM; Eric James Garcia, Hobbs, NM; Brit Davis Garlick, Carlsbad, NM; Angela Carrillo Good, Hobbs, NM; Myla Marie Gutierrez, Hobbs, NM; Carly Lynn Hanson, Hobbs, NM; Ryan Thomas Hargrove, Lovington, NM; Benjamin Wade Harrington, Owasso, OK; Deidra Anna Kay Harrison, St. Catherine, Jamaica; Natalie Hernandez, Lovington, NM; Yovanna Hernandez, Lovington, NM; Randall Dale Holladay, Hobbs, NM; Glenna Marie Annette Howell, Lubbock, TX; Rachael W. Huck, Hobbs, NM; *Stephanie S. Hulme, Hobbs, NM; *Jamie N. Hunter, Hobbs, NM; Brittany Diane Imig, Joshua, TX; Ashley D. Kann, Lovington, NM; Krislynn Louise Knapp, Hobbs, NM; Samantha Tay Knoll, Lovington, NM; *Courtney Nicole Knott, Hobbs, NM; Adam James Kramer, Albuquerque, NM; Kimberly Danna Lujan, Hobbs, NM; Jorge Luna, Lovington, NM; Melesia Mafile'o, Hobbs, NM; *Crystal Marin, Hobbs, NM; Daisy Marquez, Lovington, NM; Mallory Denys' Marquez, Lovington, NM; Armida O. Martinez, Seminole, TX; Ismael Martinez, Lovington, NM; *Maritza H. Martinez, Lovington, NM; *Audrey Leslie Medrano, Hobbs, NM; Robert Anthony Miller, Jr., Hobbs, NM; Fatih Angela Montez, Jal, NM; *Siobhan Moore, Glasgow, Scotland; *Krysta C. Morehead, Hobbs, NM; Roland Wayne Mullins, Hobbs, NM; *Nathaniel Thomas Newcomb, Spokane, WA; *Grace Eke Onuma, Aba, Nigeria; Norma G. Ortega, Hobbs, NM; *Irma Nely Ortiz, Hobbs, NM; Jane Ann Padilla, Hobbs, NM; James Pando, Lovington, NM; Aryel Garcia Pena, Hobbs, NM; Rudolf Peters, Seminole, TX; Christopher Lee Pyeatt, Hobbs, NM; Elias Gabriel Ramirez, Lovington, NM; Nancy Lizett Ramirez, Hobbs, NM; *Sarah Marie Ramos, Hobbs, NM; John David Riley, Hobbs, NM; Isaac Eaton Rincon, Riverside, CA; Monica Nicole Rosa, Hobbs, NM; Heidi J. Ruch, Hobbs, NM; *Lupe G. Ruiz, Lovington, NM; *Crystal Lynn Saenz, Lovington, NM; Diana Leah Sanchez, Lovington, NM; Brittany Ann Searcy, Hobbs, NM; Teresa Marie Sellers, Seminole, TX; *Rohnnie Allen Shaw, Hobbs, NM; Rebecca Silva, Hobbs, NM; Ashley S. Slate, Hobbs, NM; Laranda Ann Stephens, Hobbs, NM; Dean Charles Stucker, Albuquerque, NM; Hillary R. Taylor, Hobbs, NM; Jordan R. Teel, Midland, TX; Marcus Deshaun Thomas, Hobbs, NM; *Nicolas Tyler Thomason, Hobbs, NM; Domonic Antwyn Tilford, Lousville, KY; Charlene H. Trinidad, Denver City, TX; *Claudia J. Valdez, Lovington, NM; Vanessa Erika Valenzuela, Hobbs, NM; Tori Leigh Vela, Lovington, NM; *Shannon Nicole Watkins, Hobbs, NM; Christopher Whisenhunt, Keller, TX; John W. Whiteside, Hobbs, NM; Coty Lee Wilson, Waco, TX; Ross E. Winchester, Hobbs, NM; *Chantell Jeanette Wittman, Hobbs, NM; Selena M. Wood, Hobbs, NM; and Cindee L. Wright, Shreveport, LA.

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science degree include the following:

*Kathleen W. Almaguer, Lovington, NM; Carlos Araujo, Dexter, NM; Aijalon Wade Ashley, Jal, NM; Ashlee Renee Auld, Hobbs, NM; Janell R. Babb, Hobbs, NM; Carrie Suggs Baccus, Seminole, TX; Jesus D. Baeza, Jr., Lovington, NM; Adrian Ballon, Farmington, NM; Monique Bolden, Lovington, NM; Brandi Michelle Brister, Hobbs, NM; Joni Diane Campbell, Hobbs, NM; Seth A. Carruth, Ruidoso, NM; Maria R. Chacon, Hobbs, NM; *Nicholas Edward Comey, Lubbock, TX; *Dustin M. Conant, Odessa, TX; Jerry Dean Cones, Fort Sumner, NM; Kelly Dawn Cook, Hobbs, NM; *Angela D.L. Cosentino, Hobbs, NM; Jonathan Wayne Cox, Lovington, NM; Jami A. Davis, Hobbs, NM; *Daniel Brian Dornan, Artesia, NM; Cynthia Janet Escalante, Denver City, TX; Maria De Los Angeles Escalante, Denver City, TX; Joe T. Estrada, Seminole, TX; Tina L. Estrada, Seminole, TX; Alejandro Estrella, Hobbs, NM; Sergio Fierro, Lovington, NM; Jessica Marie Franco, Seminole, TX; Thomas Paul Fuller, Lovington, NM; Keri Ann Garrett, Hobbs, NM; Jennifer Ann Gilkey, Hobbs, NM; Camilla Lindsey Glenn, Seminole, TX; Deanna L. Gomez, Hobbs, NM; Kenzi Diana Griego, Hobbs, NM; Ted Guzman, Hobbs, NM; Amanda Ann Hanson, Hobbs, NM; Wesley Wayne Harlan, Hobbs, NM; Sami G. Harrison, Monument, NM; Steven L. Hudson, Seminole, TX; Cristy Dawn Jeter, Lovington, NM; Claudia Jimenez, Hobbs, NM; Anissa Jo Lewis, Hobbs, NM; *Brandon Lee Maddox, Springdale, TX; Eva B. Martinez, Hobbs, NM; Manuel A. Mata, Jr., Hobbs, NM; *Will Maxey, Carlsbad, NM; *Shawn Raymond Metzger, Gypsum, CO; Shawn Garrett Mitchell, Odessa, TX; Gayla Jolene Moreno, Hobbs, NM; Michael John Nicolella, Lovington, NM; Michelle Lee Orozco, Hobbs, NM; Amanda D. Owen, Hobbs, NM; *Marie Rochelle T. Palisoc, Hobbs, NM; *James Tyler Peace, Friona, TX; *Chris Aaron Pomeroy, El Paso, TX; *Alberto Quinonez, Roswell, NM; Kenny H. Rempel, Seminole, TX; Joaquin Rios, Hobbs, NM; *Daniel B. Roblez, Denver City, TX; Jesus A. Rodriguez, Las Cruces, NM; Victor Ivan Saenz, Denver City, TX; Jacob Alan Saiz, Ft Sumner, NM; *Tina K. Salazar, Hobbs, NM; Milika S. Sanchez, San Patricio, NM; *G. Marlene Simpson, Hobbs, NM; Margarita Sotelo, Hobbs, NM; *Phillip Justin Stimac, Lubbock, TX; *Darrin Andrew Stroik, Portales, NM; Scott Dean Sullivan, T or C, NM; *Jonathan Eli Terrazas, Williamsburg, NM; Ray D. Underwood, Bloomfield, NM; Ana E. Valdez, Lovington, NM; Charles Matthew Waits, Hobbs, NM; Stuart A. Ward, Hobbs, NM; Theresa Leah Webb, Monument, NM; and Pamela Sue Welborn, Hobbs, NM.

Students who received the Associate of Science degree are as follows:

Karla Arellanos, Hobbs, NM; Jack Thurman Bishop, Aztec, NM; Linda K. Butcher, Lovington, NM; Lonnie R. Byram, Hobbs, NM; *Jazmin Elena Claro, Lovington, NM; Heather L. Cole, Hobbs, NM; Kandace Krystal DeLaCruz, Hobbs, NM; Sara Elizabeth Dennis, Hobbs, NM; Tony Raymond Fuller, Eunice, NM; Eric James Garcia, Hobbs, NM; Brit Davis Garlick, Carlsbad, NM; Michael R. Gonzalez, Hobbs, NM; Jesse Edward Henson, Hobbs, NM; *Alberto Jesus Hernandez, Chaparral, NM; Natalie Hernandez, Lovington, NM; Carl Vincent Hinds, Seminole, TX; *Betty Jo Holley, Seminole, TX; Ashley D. Kann, Lovington, NM; Krislynn Louise Knapp, Hobbs, NM; Ismael Martinez, Lovington, NM; Janelle Grace Michel, Hobbs, NM; Faith Angela Montez, Jal, NM; *Grace Eke Onuma, Aba, Nigeria; *Irma Nely Ortiz, Hobbs, NM; Christopher Lee Pyeatt, Hobbs, NM; Monica Nicole Rosa, Hobbs, NM; Baylen N. Tabangcura, Lovington, NM; Jordan R. Teel, Midland, TX; *Nicolas Tyler Thomason, Hobbs, NM; *Shannon Nicole Watkins, Hobbs, NM; and Larry Dean Wormington, Hobbs, NM.

Certification graduates include Meagan Julia Bateman, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Whitney L. Busch, Lovington, NM, Cosmetology; Maribel Castillo, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Justin Marshall Davis, Lovington, NM, Design Communications; Apollonia Tarah Franco, Carlsbad, NM, Cosmetology; Melinda M. Garza, Hobbs, NM, Design Communications; Norine Hernandez, Eunice, NM, Cosmetology; Ashley D. Horne, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Heather Christine Hughes, Lovington, NM, Cosmetology; Brandilea Rene' Hynes, Lovington, NM, Cosmetology; David Ingrahm, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Mireya Beatriz Jurado, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Bianca Loya, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Brenda Marquez, Denver City, TX, Cosmetology; Krysta C. Morehead, Hobbs, NM, Early Childhood Education; Erica M. Palacios, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Julie Dianne Persilver, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Quana Joann Pratt, Hobbs, NM, Administrative Assistant; Sarah Marie Ramos, Hobbs, NM, Early Childhood Education; Daisy Sharee Sellers, Denver City, TX, Early Childhood Education; Raquel Tarin, Hobbs, NM, Cosmetology; Amanda Leigh Welch, Lovington, NM, Cosmetology; Kweiman Yang, Hobbs, NM, Early Childhood Education.

The 2006-2007 GED graduates are Lourdes Bowden, Hobbs, NM; Forrest Crawford, Hobbs, NM; Mersadies Crume, Hobbs, NM; Maria DoublÚ, Carlsbad, NM; Tiffany Drannon, Hobbs, NM; Kala Frazier, Eunice, NM; Ray Garza, Hobbs, NM; Lorenzo Guzman, Hobbs, NM; Bobbie Hartman, Hobbs, NM; DesireÚ Jimenez, Lovington, NM; Vanessa Lara, Hobbs, NM; Crystal Luna, Hobbs, NM; Veronica Marquez, Lovington, NM; Imelda Martinez, Hobbs, NM; Miguel Miramontes, Hobbs, NM; Brian Odom, Hobbs, NM; April Ortega, Hobbs, NM; Aaron Prieto, Hobbs, NM; Barbara Reyna, Hobbs, NM; Brenda Sosa, Hobbs, NM; Matthew Urrea, Hobbs, NM; Jorge Velasquez, Hobbs, NM; Faith Wiley, Hobbs, NM; Shawntae Wiley, Las Cruces, NM; and Kristen Wilson, Hobbs, NM.

President Steve McCleery presented the two Outstanding Professor of the Year Awards. Jeff McCool, professor of business and economics, received the John Shepherd Rotarian Award, while Robin Porter, professor of cosmetology, was awarded the Elliott and Waldron Title Award. Both professors received plaques and checks for $1,000 each for their outstanding contributions to education in support of students and their particular disciplines.

To order a DVD of the 2007 ceremony at a cost of $10 each, please contact the New Mexico Junior College Registrar's Office at 575.492.2545.

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