OJC Press Release ID: 2513

Monday, May 2, 2016


Otero Junior College Top Graduates
 
Commencement ceremonies for the Otero Junior College class of 2016 were held on Saturday, April 30 in the McDivitt Center Gymnasium on the OJC campus.

Speakers for this year’s commencement included a variety of students from the class of 2016. First, Delaney Gaddis, president of OJC’s Associated Student Government, addressed the student body.  Following that, international students Amber Wolffe (Bermuda), Chelsea Hurren (England) and Elin Ekdahl (Sweden), shared their memories and thanks from their time at OJC. The final speaker was nontraditional student, Israel Harris, who provided a message of hope and perseverance to the audience. 

Special music during the ceremony was provided by organist Mrs. Clara Stafford. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony in the Learning Commons.

Top graduates this year at Otero Junior College include:

Summa Cum Laude Graduates (4.0 GPA)
Listed by hometown

Berthoud: Samantha Kouns
Colorado Springs: Nicole Lippard
Las Animas: Ricky Begay and Betsy Salyers.
Ordway: Rebecca Barrett
Peyton: Shelby Patterson
Pueblo: Rebekah Hathaway and Melissa Lujan.
Rocky Ford: Veronika Viescas
Rye: Jordan Roggen
Swink: Anthony Garner

Out of State:
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.: Chloe Nolan

Magna Cum Laude Graduates (3.78 – 3.99 GPA)
Listed by hometown

Colorado Springs: Evan Maecker
Glenwood Springs: Delaney Gaddis
La Junta: Israel Harris, Martin Lubojacky and Maegan Yoder
Las Animas: Cheyanna O'Connell, Kathryn Peterson, Acelynn Ratzlaff and Larabeth Vanek
Rocky Ford: Leah Romero
Sugar City: Chad Russell
Swink: Devin Camacho, Denise Goodwin and Whitni Oquist
Thornton: Adriana Coniker

International:
Sweden: Ruth Ekdahl

Cum Laude Graduates (3.5 – 3.74 GPA)
Listed by hometown

Colorado Springs: Rebecca Cross
Fowler: Jayde Rein
La Junta: Stephani Addison-Brown, Lucy Chege, Callie Davidson, Ashely Jordan, Diana Mirakhor, Kortnei Osborn, Zephaniah Pope, Stetson Raines, Yolanda Serna and Nathaniel Weber
Las Animas: Christopher Hilton
Manzanola: Juan Estrada
Matheson: Rhett Bandy
Olney Springs: Amber Skinner
Pueblo: Colby Massey
Pueblo West: Krista Schleich
Rocky Ford: Rey Aragon and Keri Warn
Sugar City: Neva-Marie Sandoval
Swink: Brandon Book, Joselyna Gallegos, Kyrah Guerin, Lindsey Tatum
Thornton: Josephine Matlick
Walsenburg: Amanda White

Out of State:
Boise, Idaho: Nolan Gillies
Carlsbad, N.M.: Jared Rodriguez

International:
England: Chelsie Hurren

Twenty-five students have been named to “Who’s Who Among Students In American Junior Colleges”. The honor is based on academic excellence, campus involvement and community service. Those receiving the honor include:
Listed by hometown

Colorado Springs: Rebecca Cross
Fowler: Scott Milberger and Jayde Rein
Glenwood Springs: Delaney Gaddis
La Junta: Israel Harris, Martin Lubojacky, Thomas Martinez, Carlyle McCormack, Zephaniah Pope and Sean Sanchez
Las Animas: Cheyanna Fritz, Joshua Japhet and Troy Schreivogel
Ordway: Rebecca Barrett
Peyton: Shelby Patterson
Pueblo West: Krista Schleich
Sugar City: Chad Russell
Swink: Brandon Book, Devin Camacho, Kyrah Guerin, Madeline Jacquart and Whitnie Oquist

Out of State:     
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.: Chloe Nolan
       
International:
Sweden: Elin Ekdahl
       
Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates.


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Otero Junior College graduates who graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and received the coveted distinction of graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors were: Back row (l-r): Rebecca Barrett, Shelby Patterson and Rebekah Hathaway. Front row (l-r): Chloe Nolan, Jordan Roggen, Samantha Kouns, Veronika Viescas, Betsy Salyers and Ricky Begay. Not pictured: Alexis Ferguson and Jacob Hutchison.

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Delaney Gaddis, president of OJC’s Associated Student Government, addressed the student body during the ceremony.

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Students prepare to move their tassels from right to left to signify that their graduation is complete.