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Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 pm

By Andy Ross

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - More than 240 Central Texas College students received their diplomas Friday morning at the Bell County Expo Center.

Afterward, the graduates embraced friends and family members on the floor of the center and posed for photos.

Dshaunn Dixon, 21, a culinary arts grad, said he found his way to Killeen after growing up in Boston and spending time in a number of foster homes.

When asked how he felt, a smiling Dixon, said he can now pursue his dream of opening a restaurant.

"Oh my goodness, it's a wonderful feeling," he said. "I have come a long way. Really a long way. There are no words."

Friday's graduation marked CTC's 42nd commencement ceremony. The college's chancellor, James Anderson, opened up the event, telling the audience that he has been proud to serve CTC and watch the school grow in size and in the number of programs offered.

In addition to the graduates at the Expo Center, hundreds more graduated from the central campus this spring. Worldwide, about 1,500 students received associate degrees or certificates of completion.

Anderson told the students they are a crucial part of the Central Texas community. He also acknowledged the changing leadership at CTC, as Deputy Chancellor Bill Alexander and Deputy Chancellor of Resource Management Robert Farrell prepare to retire in June. Anderson will retire in January.

Susan Kamas, the executive director of the Central Texas Workforce Board, told the graduates that she had one overriding piece of advice:

"Adults should never stop learning," she said. "The world changes around us every day, and we need to make every effort to stay current."

Kamas told the graduates to focus on being high-performing employees and find a field of work they are passionate about.

The average age of CTC graduates this year was 32, with the oldest being 58. Students from 13 states and six countries were represented.

One graduate, DeWaun Carmichael, was one of the first recipients of the Gordon Graves "Green Vest" Scholarship Program, which was developed in 2007 through Graves' work with the Boys and Girls Club.

Also graduating with either associate degrees or certificates of completion were nearly 140 soldiers, two Marines, three members of the Air Force, four Navy personnel, two National Guardsmen and nearly 90 military family members, according to a CTC news release.

Contact Andy Ross at aross@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468. Follow him on Twitter at KDHeducation.

Central Texas College graduates

Killeen

Teresa Ann Adams

Barry Lee Arrington

Edward Willis Berkley

Lillian Renée Blakley

Allen Booker III

Celestial Yi Boyce

Graciela Rebecca Carrizales

Milaris Annette Colon

James George Colon

Christen Lynne Compton

Sharon Kaye Cosner-Pachar

LaTasha Nicole Dunbar

Rasaun Le'Roy Ezell-Ray

Vivian Delores Fisher

Kweku Buabin Fletcher

Tanisha Yvette Flowers

David Gracia

Felisha Juvole Hagler

Laura Melina Haines

James A. Hardeman III

Natasha Lequita Higgins

Courtney Chanel Houser

Joyce Anne Hulin

Joshua Infantas

Kiesha Adele Jackson

Charlesree Rene Johnson-Evans

Fredicinda Dinora Jones

Felicia Tomeka Jones

Cherelle Lakay King

Latretra Adale Lattin

Carlene Alicia Macri

Nichole Dione Martin

James Henry Martin Jr.

Sonia Mayorga

Jeniffer Gail McCauley

Courtney Dianne Moore

Carmell Moore

Sasheen Hadiyah Nicholas

Fernando Iyke Odoemenam

Sean A. Payton

Meghan Mary Pearson

Luis Francisco Pla

Danielle Christine Quailey

Katrin Manuela Roberson

Vanessa Faye Robinson-Taylor

Kimberly Shavonee Shinholster

Diane Carol Smith

Willie Louise Spiller

Kentia Marie Strasser

Ronald Anthony Taylor

Shaina Jayde Torres

Daniel Valencia

Thomas Lee Vance Jr.

Kendra Frances Walker

Thedora Welch

Thurman Williams

Lisa C. Young

Adebimpe Favour Adeyelu

Chioma Ijeoma Akwitti

Anita Tobias Andry

Mary Ann Arnold

Stacy Lenise Ashton

Hurseta Yvonne Atkinson

Abby Lynn Bagwill

LeeAnn Christina Bassili

Paul Maurice Beausoleil

Jessica Joel Boring

Ebony Desaray Bryant

Darlene Galvan Burnell

DeWaun Shamell Carmichael

Reginald Rodes Chillers

Jeffrey Markus Collins

Shannon Seiko Creps

Edward Crowder III

Shilaus Denise Daniels

Elizabeth Ann Dill

Sarah Leann Elix

Dianna L. Emmou

Krista Dawn Enterkin

Donna Marie Esquenazi

Samuel Everett Fleming Jr.

Elizabeth Fuentes

Latonya Marie Garcia

Maria Elena Garza

Danyl Lynn Gillette

Lajuana Dianne Goggans

Carolyn Gonzalez-Ortiz

Shannon Lee Gordon

Guadalupe Grande

Kenya Renee Heggs

Chanell Von Henderson

Stephanie Nancy Herrera

Tiffany M. Hill

Akoua Therese Kouadio

Caleb Cecil Lawson

Esther Leija

Lori Elizabeth Martin

Vizmary Rios Mitchell

Nina Marie Mora

Mariana Arely Perez

Toni Tamara Peters

Roy Allen Peterson

Liz Lyan Claridad Quitlong

Kara Michelle Rabon

Taphara Shawnette Ray

Vanessa Richardson

Shirley SaintLouis-Auguste

Dawn Marie Sitler

Stacie Nicole Smith

Jiwon Smith

Searcy Storey Jr.

Mario Efrain Stout

Chontrelle Kelline Sturdivant

Kimberly Tomassini

Rhea Nicole Tomczyk

Nicole Claudine Ussery

Michelle Lynn Varnes

Chasty Ermaneika Williams

Cheri Antoinette Woodard

Nacole Octavia Wyche

Brendalee Carrasquillo

Terissa Ellington

Harold Aaron Hamilton

Henrietta Shavonne Hamilton-Hunter

Audrey Marie Hill

Steven Kahron Hollingsworth

Kerina Nekoda Jessamine

Bonnie Marie Long

Charles Evan Robins

Mirna Santiago-Sanchez

Carrie Ann Steffen

Sherise L. Stewart

Joel Sebastian Tahimik

Stephanie Chanice Taylor

Louturia Roysha Brace

Miguel S. Castelan

Dwayne Tyrone Church

Linda Dawn Dao

Adriana Delacruz

Stefanie Elizabeth Fields-Salter

Tiffany Diann Gonzalez

Jack Michael Hill

Anneli Anita Hill

Mariel Acosta Jallorina

Renay Keys

Gregory Earl Miller, Sr.

Blair Nicole Minnis

Jason Jeremy Mitchell

Celestine Michelle Perkins

Aaron J. Perry

Javier Salinas

Edward E. Walding

Harker Heights

Ernesto Alvarez

Joseph Arnold Boone

Michael Timothy Conner Jr.

Ariella Leastisha Taylor

Shemaka L. Hairston

Nadia M. Hayes

Tiffany Ann Moss

Antonette Lynn Parnell

Malia Jaz Stilley

Crystal Michelle White

Ariel A. Austin

Ginger Kay Braun

Lilian Nasr Halabi

Gabrielle Toso Leae

Amanda Rochelle Ray

Michael Eugene Overby

Crystal Marie Teitge

Sonja Louise Whalen

Fort Hood

Blanca Estela Cespedes

Walter Hugo Challapa-Escalante

La Donna Gay Chase

Cobie J. Harrell

Connie Francis Johnson

Julie Peterson Nuno

Carrie Kristine Snell

David Velez-Perez

Dedrick Jimard Wimberly

Renate Witmer

Leah Nanette Wright

Diana Eloisa Bibbins

Misty Dawn Biddick

Nicole Diane Fischer

Shanise Tawan Robinson

Joann Rochelle Grime

Hellen E. Suira

Marianela Moralez

Copperas Cove

Vesta Begic

Jeffrey Don Boothe

Laura Lashone Braziel

Amanda Marie Castillo

Marcus Anton Culbert

Belkys Sary De Quiñones

Warren Sasfield King

Sheneta Andrea Mathis

Krista Melinda Murphy

Alfonso Uriah Ross Jr.

Shuyoung Lien Safphire

Ryan Eugene Stites

Jowanda Bradford Trotter

Kagal Marie Wilson

Monica Jill Afferback

Angela Ann Brown

Sylvia Marie Cabiad

Christina Ellen Dellorso

Amber Marie Gray

Jason Allan Hicks

Laura L. Johnson

Tonya Maria Johnston

William Harrison Kelly III

Michele Elizabeth Kelso

Debra Gayle McAdoo

Lakeesha Maria Christine Murphy

Vicí Denise Neal

Diana Preston

Heather Nicole Shannon

Jerry Richard Stanley Jr.

Gregory Mark Wright

Matthew James Bolicki

Dani Ann Tanner

Rachel Marie Brooks

Clara Elizabeth Kparr

Belton

Evan Joseph Atkinson

Kevin K. Moore

Nolanville

Patti Davis Miracle

Timothy Allyn Nielsen

Temple

Justin Avery Donnellan

LaVander Neil Talley

Thomas Michael Weber-Gillespie

Ava Julaine Granger

Roenika Marie Johnson

Christine Shafer

Adela Cecilia Velasco

Thomas Michael Wall

Gatesville

Jessie Ann Gould

Kempner

Misty Dawn Keen

Jennifer Corine Lundt

Joseph Brandon Gross

Diane Lynn Redfearn

Amy Marie Starkovich

Andrew Stefanini

Janet Mae Stone

Kristie Lea Trevino

Dustin Robert Hause

Lampasas

Tami Reneé Rivera

René Houchin

Dena Adele Wilks

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