Graduates honored at Fall 2019 Commencement

Elizabeth F. Abu | Dec 18, 2019

North Central Texas College hosted two commencement ceremonies on December 13 at the Gainesville campus to honor the Fall 2019 graduates.

In an afternoon ceremony, graduates of Health Sciences and Cosmetology programs were honored. Later that evening, a ceremony was held for graduates of Career and Technical Education programs, and graduates of Arts and Sciences programs.

More than 337 students applied for graduation at NCTC this fall and 165 participated in the graduation ceremonies.

Eleven students graduated Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.00. They included Katie Lynn Karin, Vahram Jake Der-Galustanian, Shannon Avalon Stacy, Colleen Khatemi, Grace Caroline Martin, Shelby Taylor Powell, Ana Rizvi, Ashley Ann Sanchez, Kira Renee Simmons, Zachary Keith Sumlin, and Grace Foust.

Ten other students graduated Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.90-3.99. They included Rachel Cynthia Nidenberg, Alisha Renee Perrier, Aneesa Sameja, Garion Michael Washam, Chukwuna Okonkwo, Robert William Roth, Rachel Lauren Meador, Stephanie Lynn Garner, Kimberly Annette Wentrcek, and Isabelle Angela Christian.

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

NCTC student Daniel Maynard passed away this semester, just shy of completing his Associate of Arts Degree. The degree was awarded to him posthumously and his family was presented with his diploma by Dr. Wallace at the evening ceremony.

2019 NCTC Faculty of the Year recipient Kenny Smith delivered the keynote message to the graduates.

The NCTC Choir, led by Shane Studdard, sang the National Anthem at the ceremonies and NCTC student Payton Pratt provided an invocation.  



The family of Daniel Maynard accepted his posthumous degree from NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace at the NCTC Commencement Ceremony Friday night. Maynard passed away this semester, just short of finishing his Associate of Arts Degree.  



Kayln Pulte, Phi Theta Kappa member, receives her Associate of Arts Degree from NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace.