Graduates honored in person for spring commencement

Elizabeth F. Abu | May 27, 2021

GAINESVILLE, TX – North Central Texas College hosted eleven commencement ceremonies on May 14 and 15 at the Gainesville campus to honor the Spring 2021 graduates.

For the college’s first in-person graduation celebration since the COVID-19 pandemic, graduates and their families were able to attend one of 11 smaller ceremonies. Each ceremony was held to 50 graduates or less and family members were able to get a front-row view of their graduate walking across the stage.

More than 750 students applied for graduation at NCTC this spring and 460 participated in the graduation ceremonies.

Thirty-three students graduated Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.00. They included Jeremy Ryan Anderson, Joshua Warren Ange, Tessa Rayne Brown, Lindsey Bullard, Blake George Butler, Ethan Vincent Cain, Margarita Carrillo, Mawuena Edem Dzokoto, Preston Lee Ehrsam, Kaili Korinne Gaston, Brooke English Grasshoff, Alfredo Ramon Guerrero, Natasha Hale, Jasmine Leigh Hebert, Michelle Leigh Lambert, Stephanie E Lindsey, Aayusha Manandhar, Madison Elizabeth Milligan, Tony Ngo, Lana Elisabet Nikulasdottir, Itzel Orduna, Annie Kay Palasota, Caden Philip Peters, George Gerald Peterson, Bergen Brianna Sautner, Elizabeth Ann Schroeter, Kaylie Alexis Spencer, Candance Desiree Evans Stephens, Bay Lyn Thomas, Chloe Rochelle Traffanstedt, Hayleigh Mae Westnover, Macie Elizabeth Wilson, and Ashley Elisabath Zondor.

Twenty-four other students graduated Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.90-3.99. They included Maegan Nicole Baugh, Zachery Max Palmer, Gwendolyn Lee Conder Hollandsworth, Caitlin Felicity Gilbert, Jessica Dawn Ketron, Kelly Rae Orozco, Heather Nicole Hoffman, Casey Lynn Horton, Casey G Henson, Baylee Elaine McCorkle, Diana Nyamunsi Onchonga, Andrea Raquel Rivera Benitez, Jacob Lee Tipping, Christopher J Barth, Nixon Cole Brannan, Jaya Kaur Dhadda, Akash Kota, Martha Bethany Van Slyke, Gaby Elias Antoun, Trey Allen Gower, Alba Iris Saavedra, Adam Christopher Weiman, Sabrina Lee Klein, and Alyssa Paige Reeves.

Graduates received their diplomas from NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace. The commencement address was virtual and all of the ceremonies were streamed live. To go back and watch any part of NCTC’s spring graduation, visit



Groups of 50 graduates at a time were honored at NCTC Commencement Ceremonies this month, the first ceremonies held in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic.  



NCTC’s newest alumni received a free alumni t-shirt and a one-year membership to the NCTC Alumni Association.



NCTC Softball player Heather Hoffman, graduating Magna Cum Laude, received her diploma from NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace.