Ranger College graduates record 79 nurses during August commencement

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by Tommy Wells, Public Information Officer for Ranger College

STEPHENVILLE – Eastland Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Gena McCormick knew exactly how the students gathered for the 2015 commencement exercises for the Ranger College LVN program felt as she stood behind the podium and prepared to give her address. A former graduate of the Ranger College LVN program, McCormick promised to keep her speech short, and then urged the largest graduating class in the college’s nursing program history to embrace their place in the medical field by “reaching out and making an impact.”

“It isn’t just a job. It’s not just a career,” said McCormick, who has worked at Eastland Memorial Hospital for more than a decade. “This isn’t just a profession. It is so much more. I encourage you to reach out and make an impact, and not to be afraid to show your tears.”

“The things you can and will do will have such a huge impact on the people you will meet,” she said.

Springtown’s Kyndal Weaver smiles after lighting a candle during Ranger College’s vocational nursing graduation exercise on Aug. 7 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County. A record 79 students received their diplomas during the event. Shown next to Weaver (from left) are Megan Tomlinson of Brownwood, Susan Travis of Gorman, Kristen Tunnecliffe of Arlington, Angelys Vega of Hewitt and (far right) Courtney Wotherspoor of Hamilton. (Ranger College photo)
Springtown’s Kyndal Weaver smiles after lighting a candle during Ranger College’s vocational nursing graduation exercise on Aug. 7 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County. A record 79 students received their diplomas during the event. Shown next to Weaver (from left) are Megan Tomlinson of Brownwood, Susan Travis of Gorman, Kristen Tunnecliffe of Arlington, Angelys Vega of Hewitt and (far right) Courtney Wotherspoor of Hamilton. (Ranger College photo)

McCormick also urged each student to reach out and find a mentor when they begin work in the field, and then to remember to “pay it forward” later in the careers when they can take a younger nurse under their wing and pass along valuable experience.

“It was something special,” said Darla McDonald, who was one of 79 students that graduated during the Aug. 7 ceremony, which was held in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Cowboy Church of Erath County. An estimated 1,200 people turned out to celebrate the students’ graduation.

Stephenville’s Patsy Inocencio, Lyndsey Monk, Nicole Morgan, Krystal Rivera, Lindsey Rogers, Terri Snelson and Rinda Stewart all received their nursing certificates during the ceremony. Others receiving their certificate were Dublin’s Yozaira Moctezuma, DeLeon’s Naomi Thomas and Hico’s Melissa Brannon and Julie Byington.

During the ceremony, Ranger College Nursing Director Kathy Davis also honored several students for the success, including the top academic performers from each of the college’s four nursing campuses. Nicole Hart finished the course with the top grade point average at the Comanche campus, while Emily Moore (Early), Susan Travis (Ranger) and Terri Snelson (Stephenville) topped their respective campuses.

Mineral Wells’ Courtney Brown and Hico’s Julie Byington dance their way down the aisle after receiving after going through the Ranger College nursing graduation ceremony on Aug. 7 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County in Stephenville. The two were among the largest class to ever graduate from Ranger College’s vocational nursing program. (Ranger College photo)
Mineral Wells’ Courtney Brown and Hico’s Julie Byington dance their way down the aisle after receiving after going through the Ranger College nursing graduation ceremony on Aug. 7 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County in Stephenville. The two were among the largest class to ever graduate from Ranger College’s vocational nursing program. (Ranger College photo)

Moore, a Brownwood resident, was tabbed the top overall GPA finisher with a final mark in excess of 98 percent.

Additionally, Davis also announced the Nursing Students of the Year from each campus. Winning the Comanche campus honors was Lometa’s Melissa Fair. Aeriole Stogner of Cisco was the Student of the Year recipient at the Ranger campus, while Cisco’s DeAnna Black won the Brownwood/Early campus honors. LaTanya Taylor was selected as for Erath County campus accolades.

Bangs’ Esther Dulaney was the recipient of the overall Ranger College Student of the Year award.

Davis praised the class for their efforts during a presentation, saying the group had earned the right to go before the Texas State Medical Board.

“Tonight you have accomplished all your goals,” said Davis, who is a Registered Nurse. “We are proud of you and welcome you into the nursing profession as our colleague.”

Ranger College President Dr. William Campion congratulated each graduate and urged them to continue their education and to boldly march through the new doors their efforts had opened for them.

“This is very special because it marks the opening of new doors in our lives,” he said. “We at Ranger College recognize you for the milestone you have reached and wish you nothing but the best in the future.”

Ranger College is now accepting students for the new Fall semester at all of its nursing campuses. For more information about the nursing program contact Ranger College Nursing Director Kathy Davis at  (254) 647-3234.

Ranger College

LVN Graduation

Superlative honors

Highest GPA by campus

Nicole Hart, Comanche campus

Emily Moore, Brownwood/Early campus

Susan Travis, Ranger campus

Terri Snelson, Erath County campus

Overall GPA

Emily Moore

Students of the Year by campus

Melissa Fair, Comanche campus

DeAnna Black, Brownwood/Early campus

Aeriole Stogner, Ranger campus

LaTanya Taylor, Erath County campus

Student of the Year Award

Marie Dulaney

2015 GRADUATES

Graduates are listed by their hometowns

Arlington

Kristen Tunnecliffe

Bangs

Esther Dulaney

Baird

Stephenia Salge

Brady

Lori Banda

Norma Ceja-Flores

Michelle Owens

Destani Roberts

Loretta Smith

Sarena Tettleton

Blanket

Orlanda Lopez

Brownwood

Brandy Bishop

Melanie Ceresini

Truett Griffin

Paige Grimes

JoLynn Hall

Dusty Harris

Marlinda Leonard

Lacy Lunsford

Sabrina Mees

Emily Moore

Jessica Moreno

William Morris

Cassandra Pack

Misty Stovall

Beckie Thompson

Megan Tomlinson

Cisco

Deanna Black

Aeriole Stogner

Coleman

Annaette Bowers

Crystal Guerrero

Miranda Siller

Comanche

Jessica Baker

Ndubuisi Egbegolu

Nicole Hart

Stacey Johnson

Crane

Ashley Shetter

Cranfills Gap

Shelby English

DeLeon

Naomi Thomas

Dublin

Yozaira Moctezuma

Early

Whitney Patterson

Eastland

Kimberly Moreno

Georgia Newman

Emily Smith

Heather Thomas

Glen Rose

Michelle Poss

Goldthwaite

Terah Harlan

Kelly Stevens

Gordon

LaTanya Taylor

Gorman

Natasha Bridges

Susan Travis

Hamilton

Suzan Ladd

Brandi Pancake

Courtney Wotherspoor

Hewitt

Angelys Vega

Hico

Melissa Brannon

Julie Byington

Lometa

Melissa Fair

Julissa Hernandez

Mineral Wells

Courtney Brown

Ranger

Courtney Archer

Darla McDonald

Krystal Swiney

Rising Star

Sarah Alapic

Patti Green

Samantha Hernandez

Virginia Hernandez

San Saba

Maria Aragon

Springtown

Larissa Lewis

Kyndal Weaver

Star

Stephanie Lofland

Stephenville

Patsy Inocencio

Lyndsey Monk

Nicole Morgan

Krystal Rivera

Lindsey Rogers

Terri Snelson

Rinda Stewart

Weatherford

Kaycie McKay

Zephyr

Myranda Fields

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