BELTON — More than 420 Central Texas College students received their associate degrees or certificates of completion May 12 during CTC’s spring commencement ceremony at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Speakers at the ceremony were Congressman Roger Williams and Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Patterson with Fort Hood’s 36th Engineer Brigade.

Among the graduates are more than 140 members of the U.S. Army along with 120-plus family members and dependents.

The average age of the graduating class is 34 with the oldest at 65 and the youngest at 17, according to CTC.

While most of the graduates are local, some have traveled from Europe and other states including Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Utah.

Also among the students was a graduate of the CTC Online High School, a military dependent, who traveled from Italy to receive her high school diploma.

CTC also recognized the graduates of the associate degree in nursing program during a separate ceremony May 12 at CTC’s Anderson Campus Center. Nineteen students received nursing pins signifying the completion of the program and the transition of student nurse to the role of practicing nurse.

Area graduations for several schools continue this month in Belton:

  • Copperas Cove High School: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bell County Expo Center.
  • Killeen High School: 3 p.m. May 27 at the Bell County Expo Center.
  • C.E. Ellison High School: 8 p.m. May 27 at the Bell County Expo Center.
  • Harker Heights High School: 2 p.m. May 28 at the Bell County Expo Center.
  • Robert S. Shoemaker High School: 7 p.m. May 28 at the Bell County Expo Center.

All high school graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live at

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