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BRCC honors fall graduates

A happy graduate waves to friends and family as she receives her diploma. [BENJAMIN RICKERT/BRCC] A happy graduate waves to friends and family as she receives her diploma. [BENJAMIN RICKERT/BRCC]

Blue Ridge Community College hosted a commencement ceremony on Friday honoring 197 graduates who earned 261 credentials, including 120 degrees, 81 certificates and 15 diplomas.

During her opening remarks, Blue Ridge President Laura B. Leatherwood congratulated the graduates for their hard work and diligence.

“Your journey through education has brought you to this moment – this summit – and your journey is far from over,” she said. “As you continue in your life and career, remember that leaving the world around us better than we found it is what it means to be a Blue Ridge Community College graduate.”

Commencement speaker and Executive Director of the National Technical Honor Society Peyton Holland commended them for the benefit the graduates will provide to their communities.

“You will be the leaders and the builders, the creators and the innovators, the game changers of tomorrow’s workforce,” Holland said. “What your degree represents tonight is not only a major accomplishment for you, but a significant gain for the communities in which you live and work.”

Graduates from Henderson County were:

Samuel Atwood, Automotive Systems Technology

Luis Barco Grimaldo, Mechatronics Engineering Technology-Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician Apprenticeship
Kassandra Bartlett, Early Childhood Education
Marlena Beauchamps, College Transfer
Ryan Best, Information Technology-Network Management
Gabriel Black, College Transfer
Ethan Blankenship, Business Administration-Business & Banking Apprenticeship
Brittany Bodine, Business Administration-General Business Administration
Keith Bradley, College Transfer
Robert Bunch, Welding Technology
Mikayla Chapman, College Transfer
Taylor Chapman, Horticulture Technology
Angela Clayton, Accounting & Finance-Bookkeeping I
Michael Cochran, Welding Technology
Christopher Condrey, Information Technology-Network Management
Nora Cornelison, College Transfer
Eduardo Correa-Peña, Business Administration-Entrepreneurship
Yesim Deale, College Transfer
Freddy Diaz-Barbosa, Automotive Systems Technology
Ashley Dodd, Teacher Preparation, Interpreter Education-Fundamentals of ASL
Conner Doucette, Automotive Light-Duty Diesel Technology-Fuel Systems
Kallie Eastwood, Teacher Preparation
Emma Elms, Business Administration-CCP Entrepreneurship
Cassandra Farmer, Nursing
Kristen Fore, College Transfer
Alexus Freeman, Theatre
Noel Garcia-Hurtado, College Transfer
Isaiah Gasperson, Criminal Justice Technology
Jacob Gazaway, Automotive Systems Technology
Sawyer Hall, College Transfer
Lenore Hardin, Office Administration-Office Specialist
Braydon Harris, Business Administration-Business & Banking Apprenticeship
Christopher Hoglen, College Transfer
Desean Jackson, Electronics Engineering Technology - Basic Electronics
Elizabeth Jahns, College Transfer
Jaqese Johnson, College Transfer
Susan Jordan, Business Administration-Graphic Design
Keith Kilpatrick, Business Administration-Public Administration
Chase King, Horticulture Technology-Turfgrass Management
Hannah King, College Transfer
David Kleiner, Information Technology-Support & Services
Kristofer Knudson, Mechatronics Engineering Technology-Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician Apprenticeship
Katie LaFave, College Transfer
Ryan Lagadi, College Transfer
Georgina Landovsky, Business Administration- Graphic Design
Alea Latham, College Transfer
Tobias Longworth, Film & Video Production Technology
Ximena Maldonado-Gomez, Business Administration-Business & Banking Apprenticeship
Jared Marley, Accounting & Finance
Erick Martinez, Emergency Medical Science
Humberto Martinez-Aguilar, Welding Technology
Harrison Meadows, College Transfer
Cristina Medinacelli, College Transfer
Jonah Mendoza, Business Administration-Business & Banking Apprenticeship
Richard Merrell, General Occupational Technology
Christian Miller, College Transfer
Alexandra Mills, Early Childhood Education-Career Entry
Maria Miranda-Salgado, Business Administration-Business & Banking Apprenticeship
Dilan Montes, Business Administration-Business & Banking Apprenticeship
Paulette Morales Valencia, Accounting & Finance
Hunter Mullen, Emergency Medical Science
Denise Murphy, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education-Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood Education-Preschool, Early Childhood Education-Teacher Preparation
Joshua Myers, Information Technology-CyberSecurity
Brooke Netherton, Mechatronics Engineering Technology-Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician Apprenticeship
Sergio Ochoa Hernandez, Business Administration-Entrepreneurship
David Orihuela-Rico, Mechatronics Engineering Technology-Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician Apprenticeship
Avery Pace, Automotive Systems Technology-Driveline Performance
Ashley Palencia-Ortiz, College Transfer
Ashley Parks, Accounting & Finance
John Paulhamus, College Transfer
Giovanni Perlain, College Transfer
Mary Phillips, Human Services Technology
Shalon Pierce, Business Administration-Banking and Finance
Anthony Pulley, College Transfer
Coleman Ridenour, College Transfer
Cristian Salitre-Dothe, College Transfer
Felicia Sanchez, Business Administration
Gabriel Sanders, Mechatronics Engineering Technology-Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician Apprenticeship
Pearlie Scott, Human Services Technology
Kena Shaw, Office Administration
Ashleigh Shipman, College Transfer
Casey Silvers, Fire Protection Technology
Zachary Swekosky, College Transfer
Drew Thompson, Accounting & Finance
Amy Treece, College Transfer
Benito Vazquez-Perez, Automotive Systems Technology
Rebecca Vera, Early Childhood Education-Transfer Pathway, Early Childhood Education-Administration
Maria Vera Yepez, Teacher Preparation
Veraely Villa, Early Childhood Education- Career Entry Pathway
Brenda Waters, Early Childhood Education
Grace Welch, College Transfer
Brooklyn Worley, College Transfer