Central Texas College held its first-ever fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 8 at the Bell County Expo Center.

Nearly 280 graduates — including 18 from Harker Heights — received associate degrees in science, arts, applied science as well as certificates of completion.

Keynote speaker for the event was Jimmy Towers, chairman of the CTC Board of Trustees.

Graduates also heard welcoming remarks from Col. Henry Perry, Fort Hood garrison commander.

Among the graduates were more than 150 active-duty service members of the U.S. Army, 52 in the Air Force, four in the Navy, three Marines and three members of the National Guard.

The average age of the graduates was 33 with the oldest graduate at 74 years and two 17-year-olds as the youngest graduates.

In total, 88 Associate of Applied Science degrees, 159 Associate of Arts degrees, 25 Associate of Science degrees and nine Certificates of Completion were conferred.

Two students graduating the CTC Online High School were present to receive their high school diplomas. They were Haley Isbell and Hunter Madison.

The CTC fall 2017 semester graduates from the Harker Heights-Nolanville area are as follows:

Harker Heights

Associate of Applied Science:

Victoria Dahlberg, Mark McKeel, Philip Ossowski and Shaneka Whitter-Houston.

Associate of Arts:

Taylor Cooper, Joshua Crumback, Kevin Frazier, Jr., Christian Hunter, Kahrynn Manns, DeMarcus McMillan and Darrell Robinson, Jr.

Associate of Science:

Glen Bundick, Cristina Gomez, Erin Lackey, Brittany Pastor, Kerry Sloan, Garrett Thibodeaux and Joshua Williams.

Nolanville

Associate of Science:

Michael Lister

Belton

Associate of Applied Science:

Marissa Hill

Bianca Santiago

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