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NMJC Commencement Celebrates Success of Students

NMJC Commencement Celebrates Success of Students photo 5/12/2008 11:14:16 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. More than 230 New Mexico Junior College graduates were awarded associate degrees, certificates, or General Education Degrees on Friday, May 9, at the Lea County Event Center.
Addressing an audience of approximately 1350 people, NMJC Board chairman Larry Hanna presented the Charge to the Graduates, explaining that although they have reached a milestone through completion of their degrees, they still have a lifetime of learning ahead of them to keep up with job training. Quoting Sir Winston Churchill, Hanna stated, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Expounding upon the dynamic technical and professional challenges that await each graduate throughout their careers, Hanna ended his charge to NMJC's 2008 graduates with a resounding, "Welcome to the end of the beginning!"

Hanna, also representing Hobbs Rotary, presented Professor Linda Connell with the Rotarian John Shepherd Faculty of the Year Award. Ms. Debbie Reimers, representing Elliott & Waldron Title, presented Professor Peter Mladinic with the Elliott & Waldron Title Faculty of the Year Award. Both received checks for $1000 for their service, dedication, and excellence in the classroom.

Graduates receiving the Associate of Arts degree include the following: Marcela Alba, Lovington, NM; Shannon Renee Albanese, Hobbs, NM; Devon Ramsey Allen, Garnett, KS; Ashley Nicole Baer, Hobbs, NM; Tammy J. Bara, Hobbs, NM; Lizette Maria Bayona, Denver City, TX; Wendy Kay Benge, Hobbs, NM; Louis Freddie Benson, Jr., Odenton, MD; Joshua B. Benton, Hobbs, NM; Seth Best, Hobbs, NM; Justin Robert Betts-Robinson, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; Amy Dion Bigham, Hobbs, NM; Kate M. Borunda, Lovington, NM; Liliana A. Borunda, Lovington, NM; Judy Elaine Boss-Trujillo, Lovington, NM; Michael Bryant, Hobbs, NM; Megan Leigh Bullock, Hobbs, NM; Joanna Cabello, Lovington, NM; Brandi B. Campbell, Hobbs, NM; Janie Marie Campos, Lovington, NM; Kacy Christine Caperton, Hobbs, NM; Melissa Cervantes, Hobbs, NM; Marycruz Celeste Claro, Lovington, NM; Cecily Alyce Coleman, Hobbs, NM; Demetria N. Collins, Hobbs, NM; Brian Cooper, Hobbs, NM; Antonio De La Fuente, Hobbs, NM; John Adam DeLaGarza, Dallas, TX; Tina Melinda Dueck, Seminole, TX; Debra Clark Dunlap, Hobbs, NM; Sabrina T. Ellul Eubanks, Hobbs, NM; Caroline M. Espinosa, Lovington, NM; Elena K. Flores, Lovington, NM; Brittany Foster, Gilbert, AZ; Manuel Franco, Jr., Hobbs, NM; Jaime Amanda Garcia, Hobbs, NM; Carla Gaytan, Eunice, NM; Pauline Helena Gideon, Hobbs, NM; Megan D. Gould, Eunice, NM; Misty A. Graham, Seminole, TX; Heather M. Gunter, Hobbs, NM; Nancy Flores Guynes, Hobbs, NM; Bryan Steven Hackenberg, Thornton, CO; Misty J. Hall, Hobbs, NM; Jasmin M. Hernandez, Lovington, NM; Cassy Morgan Hire, Hobbs, NM; Amanda M. Howard, Seminole, TX; Raina D'wan Jackson, Hobbs, NM; Ecequiel Jimenez, Hobbs, NM; Elias Ramos Jimenez, Hobbs, NM; Loretta Faye King, Seminole, TX; Wade Aaron Landowski, Lafayette, CO; Raquel R. Lopez, Hobbs, NM; Lucas Mannix, Armadal, Victoria, Canada; Kellen Monreal, Ennis, TX; Maria del Rosario Martinez Moreno, Lovington, NM; Jennifer Lee Nickson, Hobbs, NM; Karina Grisel Olivas, Hobbs, NM; Zulema Ortega, Hobbs, NM; Zachary Russell Osborne, Houston,TX; Cindy Y. Owens, Hobbs, NM; Michelle Peacock, Lovington, NM; Deidre L. Priest, Hobbs, NM; Ernestina Vera Puentez, Hobbs, NM; Yesenia Raney, Lovington, NM; Cassandra M. Rivas, Hobbs, NM; Selena Renae Lopez Ruiz, Hobbs, NM; Michael Chase Rushing, Hobbs, NM; Theresa Eileen Salazar, Hobbs, NM; Beverly A. Sanchez, Lovington, NM; Linda Kay Sanchez, Lovington, NM; Luis Sanchez, Eunice, NM; Leonel L. Sandoval, Hobbs, NM; Tabatha Marie Sierra, Seminole, TX; Karina Sigala, Lovington, NM; Mary Neufeld Teichroeb, Seminole, TX; Amy J. Truesdell, Hobbs, NM; Angel G. Valdez, Jr., Hobbs, NM; Jason A. Van Wormer, Hobbs, NM; Brandi L. Varner, Eunice, NM; Daniel C. Vela, Portales, NM; Nicole F. Villanueva, Hobbs, NM; Steven Paul Vitale, East Meadow, NY; James Marvin Voight, Hobbs, NM; Kelsie Michelle Watkins, Hobbs, NM; Justin M. Weaver, Hobbs, NM; Todd Weldon, Carlsbad, NM; Aimet Juarez Widman, Hobbs, NM; and Casey J. Wilbanks, Lovington, NM.

Graduates receiving the Associate of Science degree include the following: Shannon Renee Albanese, Hobbs, NM; Wendy Kay Benge, Hobbs, NM; Amy Dion Bigham, Hobbs, NM; Brandi B. Campbell, Hobbs, NM; Kacy Christine Caperton, Hobbs, NM; Marycruz Celeste Claro, Lovington, NM; Andrew J. Gonzales, Hobbs, NM; Stacy N. Gonzalez, Lovington, NM; Misty A. Graham, Seminole, TX; Eloy T. Hernandez, Lovington, NM; Jasmin M. Hernandez, Lovington, NM; Amanda M. Howard, Seminole, TX; Dixie Jordan, Hobbs, NM; Maria del Rosario Martinez Moreno, Lovington, NM; Zulema Ortega, Hobbs, NM; Nicole F. Villanueva, Hobbs, NM; and Kelsie Michelle Watkins, Hobbs, NM.

Graduates receiving the Associate of Applied Science degree are as follows: John C. Abeyta III, Colorado Springs, CO; Leticia Alvidrez, Hobbs, NM; Diedra Betzen, Hobbs, NM; Shalaine A. Britain, Hobbs, NM; Jakob M. Brown, Odessa, TX; Sommer D. Buecker, Hobbs, NM; Jennifer Joy Buford, Hobbs, NM; Abel Cazares, Farmington, NM; Cecelia Denys Smith Cotz, Hobbs, NM; Jeffrey J. Darnell, Hobbs, NM; James Cody Davis, Hobbs, NM; Holly Gardner Dean, Denver City, TX; Shannon A. Duncan, Hobbs, NM; Steven T. Dunlap, Odessa, TX; Leticia Flores, Denver City, TX; Juanita Maria Flowers, Hobbs, NM; Kathleen Chantelle Franks, Hobbs, NM; Fred C. Frazier, Lemitar, NM; Joseph Roy Friesen, Portales, NM; Richardo O. Gaitan, Hobbs, NM; Karine Aime Garcia, Lovington, NM; Chelsea Lynn Gerwick, Hobbs, NM; Roberto Carlos Gonzalez, Hagerman, NM; Krystal Renee Grammer, Hobbs, NM; Sara Claire Granger, Hobbs, NM; Jeffrey W. Gray, Hobbs, NM; George Guerra, Anthony, NM; Erica Gutierrez, Hobbs, NM; Holly Durea Handy, Lovington, NM; Sarah L. Harris, Hobbs, NM; Marlene D. Henry, Hobbs, NM; Stephanie Ann Hernandez, Hobbs, NM; Thomas A. Hoecker, Plains, TX; Melanie Dawn Hunter, Hobbs, NM; Belinda Beth Jackson, Seminole, TX; Nahrain A. Karam, Hobbs, NM; Monica Wambui Karanja, Hobbs, NM; Amy D'Lyn Kernan, Hobbs, NM; Myra L. Linville, Hobbs, NM; Vanessa L. Little, Lovington, NM; Diana Trevino Lopez, Hobbs, NM; Luisa Nataly Claro Lopez, Lovington, NM; Crystal Lavelle Mapp, Hobbs, NM; Maria I. Marquez, Hobbs, NM; Nancy Castillo-Martinez, Hobbs, NM; Drew L. McAvoy, Carlsbad, NM; Wendy Mendoza, Hobbs, NM; Flor Deliz Meza, Hobbs, NM; Elisa Monique Milligan, Hobbs, NM; Beulah Karen Nolen, Monument, NM; Erica D. Osterman, Hobbs, NM; Rocio Parra, Lovington, NM; Pecos G. Peralta, Glenwood, NM; Lenora S. Peters, Hobbs, NM; Marina S. Ramirez, Hobbs, NM; Daniel Reyes, Eunice, NM; Julia Rene Reynolds, Hobbs, NM; Maria Rowell, Lovington, NM; Denise Ann Rusk, Hobbs, NM; Shelly Lynn Samuels, Hobbs, NM; Jessica A. Sanders, Hobbs, NM; Christy Marie Seay, Hobbs, NM; Christine Shreffler, Hobbs, NM; Brad Sims, Seminole, TX; Amanda Lee Spearman, Hobbs, NM; Robert C. Stoops, Hobbs, NM; Misty LaShelle Stowe, Seminole, TX; Edma Belinda Villanueva, Hobbs, NM; Laura R. Wall, Hobbs, NM; Stuart A. Ward, Hobbs, NM; Della Rene Watts, Hobbs, NM; and Daisha Windham, Hobbs, NM.

Students receiving certificates include Barbara Frederick, Hobbs, NM - Accounting; Elissa Castillo, Hobbs, NM - Administrative Assistant; Alba Liliana Martinez, Denver City, TX - Administrative Assistant; Adriana Palma, Denver City, TX - Administrative Assistant; Cherie B. Sager, Hobbs, NM - Administrative Assistant; Angelica Villegas, Denver City, TX - Administrative Assistant; Dolly Debra Trevino, Hobbs, NM - Computer Information; Stephanie Marie Arcidez, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Mindy A. Capps, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Sheri Dawn Friday, Denver City, TX - Cosmetology; Maria Gamez, - Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Yesenia Garza, Lovington, NM - Cosmetology; Ashley Lynn Hastings, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Julie Christine Jett, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Jessica Nikole Johnson, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Marina L. Molinaro, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Amy J. Ojeda, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Crystal Tarango Pearce, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Britney D. Ramirez, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Brittainy Wilson, Hobbs, NM - Cosmetology; Gregory M. Calderon, Hobbs, NM - Design Communication; Jerry Wayne Hamm, Hobbs, NM - Design Communication; and Edna Perez, Del Rio, TX - Early Childhood Education.

General Education Degree (GED) recipients were Gerald C. Anderson, Eunice, NM; Edna R. Baggs, Eunice, NM; Tori A. Ball, Lovington, NM; Tabitha R. Call, Hobbs, NM; Ruben A. Cepeda, Odessa, TX; Bradley A. Conde, Hobbs, NM; Teresa C. Cortez Arenivas, Lovington, NM; Deyana Diaz, Hobbs, NM; David L. Gaytan, Eunice, NM; James C. Grigsby, Lovington, NM; Olivia R. Guzman, Hobbs, NM; Travis C. Hobbs, Hobbs, NM; Lorena V. Hernandez, Hobbs, NM; Shari L. Hughes Cisneros, Hobbs, NM; Ryan V. Kerbo, Hobbs, NM; Scarlett N. Langley, Hobbs, NM; Areon D. Montanez, Hobbs, NM; Scott J. Pendleton, Hobbs, NM; Tomasa Quezada Iglesias, Hobbs, NM; Ashley E.Ragsdal, Hobbs, NM; Joel Ponce Ruiz, Hobbs, NM; Charity L. Rusk, Trinidad, CO; Lindy L. Sullins, Hobbs, NM; Larry M. Sullivant, Hobbs, NM; Dijana Van Der Heide, Hobbs, NM; Tiffany D. Walker, Carlsbad, NM; Lyndsee E. Wittman, Hobbs, NM; and S. Dean Wittman, Hobbs, NM.

Based on a GPA of 3.50 or better of the credit hours completed at NMJC prior to the Spring 2008 semester, NMJC honor graduates are John C. Abeyto III; Devon Ramsey Allen; Tammy J. Bara; Lizette Maria Bayona; Louis Freddie Benson, Jr.; Diedra Betzen; Shalaine A. Britain; Sommer Denee Buecker; Brandi B. Campbell; Kacy Christine Caperton; Melissa Cervantes; Cecily Alyce Coleman; Cecelia Denys Smith Cotz; Shannon A. Duncan; Debra Clark Dunlap; Tina Melinda Dueck; Manuel Franco, Jr.; Fred C. Frazier; Joseph Roy Friesen; Krystal Renee Grammer; Roberto Carlos Gonzalez; Jeffrey W. Gray; Sarah L. Harris; Marlene D. Henry; Eloy Tarin Hernandez; Cassy Morgan Hire; Amanda M. Howard; Melanie Dawn Hunter; Loretta Faye King; Vanessa L. Little; Raquel R. Lopez; Maria del Rosario Martinez Moreno; Lenora S. Peters; Yesenia Raney; Michael Chase Rushing; Beverly A. Sanchez; Nicole F. Villanueva; James Marvin Voight; Laura R. Wall; Kelsie Michelle Watkins; Della Rene' Watts; and Michael Todd Weldon.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society include the following graduates: John Charles?Abeyta; Dalia Aranda; Tammy Jean Bara; Lizette Maria Bayona; Kelley Luanne Chapman; Marycruz Celeste Claro; Cecily Alyce Coleman; Bridgette Nichole Davis; Sheri Dawn Friday; Karima Aime Garcia; Sarah Lyn Harris; Marlene Diane Henry; Amanda M. Howard; Julie Christine Jett; Dixie Parker Jordan; Loretta Faye King; Diana Lee Lopez; Maria del Rosario Martinez Moreno; Amy J. Ojeda; Lenora Peters; Rene Reynolds; Michael Chase Rushing; Denise Ann Rusk; Nicole F. Villanueva; James Marvin?Voight; Laura R Wall; and Casey Jo Wilbanks.

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