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College of Nursing and Health Sciences Honors More than 180 Graduating Students

May 20, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) held its Hooding and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 15, to honor more than 180 students earning their degrees during the spring 2015 semester. The ceremony was held at the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The ceremony included the hooding 94 master’s degree students and a pinning ceremony for more than 110 undergraduate nursing students. The ceremony not only recognized the students’ degree completion, but also recognized their family, friends, and educators for supporting them during their journey to success.

The hooding ceremony has historic roots. By placing the hood over the students’ heads, professors symbolically welcome them as fellow scholars. In modern times, the hood’s colors represent a graduate’s university and major. The CONHS hoods are apricot in color.

Students receiving degrees were:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Roland O. Abu, Eliana F. Alaniz, Lillian M. Alvarez, Lisa A. Auclair, Carmen M Bengur, Amber M. Berry, Hannah B. Blevins, Kayla B. Box, Anisa M. Camacho, Joanne C. Canoy,  Monique M. Carrera, Melissa A. Carroll, Anthony M. Caruso, Graciela M. Castilleja, Melinda Cedillo, Amy C. Cervantez, Erica N. Cordova, Taylor G. Davis, Patricia De Los Santos, Rebecca Diaz, Leslie N. Dillon, Derek J. Dimas, Kayley M. Dunk, Kori A. Dvorak, Elizabeth A. Emmanuel, Jacqueline Estrada, Jennifer L. Falcon, Michael A. Gandara, Jessica N. Garcia, Loraine S. Garcia, Lorraine M. Garza, Mariam K. Ghanem, Luis F. Gomeztapia, Amanda L. Goodenow, Lauren C. Graham, Rodolfo Grande Jr., Marcy Halterman-Cox, Alletrys K. Honig, Meggan Houlihan-Roach, Cerita R. Hunt, Tracy M. Hunt, Sydney C. Irving, Austin J. Jennings, Stacy L. Kincy, Kirstin E. Kinder, Kirsten A. Larsen, Gabriela Lemus, Pilar S. Longoria, Armando Lugo, Johannah M. Martin, Melissa Martinez, Penninah A. Mcclelland, Robert P. Megerle, Sonia M. Morales, Vanetta M. Ned, Megan L. Nido, Jana A. Nolen, Sade R. Ortiz, Norberto Perales, Synthia K. Perez, Julie D. Prieto, Paula R. Quinn, Addie L. Reed, Kelly L. Reedy, Dahlia M. Reynoso, Sarah C. Riley, Oscar R. Sabillon, Sara E. Sanchez, Kristen P. Scheler, Meagan R. Shafer, Michael A. Shive, Michelle E. Shumake, Dane A. Silchenstedt, Lindsey M. Silvas, Trey D. Soza, Richard B. Stepp, Tonya S. Stringer, Scarlett K. Swanson, Christina M. Thigpen, Anumol Tomy, William T. Tortorello, Kayla R. Traxler, Deanna Trevino, Lialda M. Varnell, Briana Villarreal, Vanessa Viramontes, Nicole B. Volek, Emiley G. Vrooman, Zachary J. Watson, Michelle R. Zdansky, and Zijun Zhang. 

Master of Science in Nursing: Adan H. Adame, Livina C. Akpunku, Julia L. Anderson, Tiffany J. Bailey, Eric T. Behm, Ramiro Benitez, Tommalynn Bibby, Kelley Bouchard, Lindsey J. Brown, Celeste A. Bryand, Ivelisse Cheema, Melanie R. Chipman, Maria P. Cisneros, Carlotta Y. Davis, Cassie A. Dennis, Sherrel E. Downes, Jayne J. Dunlap, Haley D. Fuller, Irasema Garcia, Shelly Garcia, Brittany Garza, James Garza, Mayra E. Garza, Blanca G. Gomez, Lynn R. Gross, Marifi M. Hesita, Aaron C. Hoffman, Melissa L. Huggins, Brandi N. Isham, Eduy J. James, Maria E. Jenkins, Jamie Johnson-Varnado, Ellen G. Jones, Erika J. Juarez, Roberta L. Jukes, Jana G. Kimberlin, Victor A. Lara, Blake R. Liles, Jenny Lin, Billie J. Long, Hilda S. Luna, Jessica Marshall-Moreno, Diana M. Martinez, Greg Martinez, Lavonya L. Mcalister, Emily R. Mcgahan, Elizabeth G. Mora, Christie Muguerza-Harvey, Sheila F. Patterson, Sherri A. Pena, Aimee M. Perez, Damaris C. Porter, Lisa B. Price, Natalya V. Pruden, Jill A. Quimby, Jefferson R. Rabanzo, Sharon E. Renner, Melissa A. Rodriguez, Adelina Saldivar, Valerie Y. Serna, Jennifer R. Shelden, Ellen L. Simms, Tawnya L. Slafka, Kandace B. Steffek, Goldie D. Strader, Meghan D. Sutton, Petya V. Taskov, Karen L. Taylor, Nenita B. Torres, Jennifer M. Tudor, Heidi C. Tyler, Jennifer R. Vasquez, Heather A. Vierus, Christy L. Walker, Aaron R. Whittington, and Bailey E. Wright.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Raul A. Bowman Jr., April M. Cabrera, Ashley R. Garcia, Erik G. Garcia, Angelica M. Garza, Joshua J. Garza, Zachary H. Gibson, Shannon Hudspeth, Latisha D. Hull, Christina J. Kieschnick, Rachel Leung, Monica Lopez, Janie Mendoza, Samantha L. Miears, John O. Okpurughre, Mariah A. Rodriguez, Brittany J. Salinas, John M. Sandoval iii, Jaclyn N. Trevino, and Margaret E. Williams.

Post Master’s Certificate: Tamarah Coffey and Toni Thompson

Other award winners were:

Outstanding Graduating BSN Nursing Student: Elizabeth Emmanuel

Outstanding Graduate Nursing Student: Nenita Torres

Outstanding Graduating Health Science Student Award: Shannon Hudspeth

O’Neil Award for Caring: Luis Fernando Gomez-Tapia

O’Neil Award for Caring eLine: Julie Prieto

Health Sciences Leadership Award: Christina Kieschnick

Health Sciences Leadership Award: Janie Mendoza