Pinning ceremony

Central Texas College nursing students Erika Moon, left, and Karina Palos take part in a candlelighting ceremony Dec. 13 after receiving their Licensed Vocational Nursing program pins. Twenty-one students completed the program in December.

Courtesy of CTC

The Central Texas College Nursing Department held pinning ceremonies Dec. 13 in the Anderson Campus Center to honor students in the Licensed Vocational Nursing program. Twenty-one students received their pins after completing the 53 credit hours required for the LVN program.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Crystal Malone, an LVN at the Hughes Unit correctional facility in Gatesville and graduate of the CTC nursing program.

Several students received awards and recognition for academic success. Graduating with high honors for maintaining at least a 3.8 GPA was Ashley Laws. Graduating with honors for keeping a GPA between 3.5 and 3.7 were Lauren Eck, Jamie Hughes, Jovone Johnson, Karina Palos and Markeshia Woods.

The CTC student chapter of the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses scholarship was awarded to Anna Callen and receiving the Monarch Uniforms scholarship for achieving the highest grade on the Assessment Technologies Institute Comprehensive Examination was Krista Haun.

Students completing the CTC LVN program were:


  • Giovanna Anderson
  • Margaret Buttry
  • Anna Callen
  • Krista Haun
  • Folashade Kolawole
  • Ashley Laws
  • Latoya Lovelady
  • Tanisha Patterson
  • Sara Ramirez
  • Courtney Spaulding
  • Melissa Whittington
  • Markeshia Woods

Fort Hood

  • Jovone Johnson

Copperas Cove

  • Rachael Marmolejo
  • Nicole Sloan


  • Jamie Hughes
  • Lauren Eck

College Station

  • Valencia Burns


  • Victoria Gore


  • Erika Moon

Marble Falls

  • Karina Palos

ADN program

The CTC Nursing Department also awarded nursing pins to students completing the associate degree in nursing on Dec. 13. A pinning ceremony was held in the Anderson Campus Center for 41 students who completed the required 71 credit hours of course work and clinical rotations in the ADN program. The pin symbolizes a medal of excellence and the passage of the student nurse role to that of a practicing nurse.

The guest speaker for the ADN ceremony was Lesa Murray RN, MSN of the Veterans Health Administration.

During the associate degree ceremony, Debra Cranfill was recognized as graduating with high honors for maintaining at least a 3.8 GPA. Graduating with honors by maintaining a GPA between 3.5 and 3.7 were Trenay Hawkins, Nicole Worth, Christine Quichocho, Heather Lacroix, Charles Bradley, Jelsea Brank, Nicole Cullen, Juana Groat, Samantha Nichols and Laura Smith.

Completing the CTC ADN program were:

Yemisi Abudu, Isioma Akinbule, Sonja Carothers, Amy Carroll, Amanda Ceniceros, Debra Cranfill, Nicole Cullen, Karla Currie, Cassandra Freed, Yolanda Galarza, Antoinette Galletti, Juana Groat, Rhiannon Hammitt, Trenay Hawkins, John Hudson, Brandi Jones, Chloral Joseph, Nyryby Julien, Heather LaCroix, Amber Lorenzana, Diann Mitchell, Drew Mosher, Dannette Osborne, Kathleen Pablo, Tyrontae Palmer, Kristin Pangelinan, Amanda Parker, Lina Perez, Christine Quichocho, Michelle Rand-Castillo, Codi Rich, Ashleigh Rodriguez, Brian Smith, Laura Smith, Brandon Thomas, Krystal Turnbow, Candace Walker, Brandi Williams and Nicole Worth.

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