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NCTC briefs

Commencement ceremonies conducted

More than 370 students applied for graduation at North Central Texas College this fall and 182 participated in graduation ceremonies Thursday and Friday.

Four students graduated summa cum laude with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.00: Kelsey Leigh Claney, Ihuoma Dike Osuji, Amy Leann Petry and Bethany Lauren Powell.

Seven students graduated magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.90-3.99: Salyna Marie Baca, Joshua Charles Benners, Jacqueline Guadalupe Farias, Amy Elizabeth Feather, Shana Lynn Kubena, Lisa Dawn Miller and Laura Nicole Stephenson. Graduate Brytni Jo Cox was in the NCTC Honors Program.

The Triumph of the Spirit Award was presented to student Erik King. Just a few weeks after his high school graduation, King woke up one morning to discover that he was unable to move his legs as the result of a ruptured spinal hemangioma.

King started his studies at the NCTC Bowie campus and later moved into the dorms on the Gainesville campus. He was a student worker in the science department and later took an internship through the Dixon Water Foundation to work on the PACE Project in sustainable agriculture. He will become a student at Texas A&M University in January to pursue a degree in rangeland ecology.

Regents approve construction projects

The NCTC Board of Regents has hired the construction manager and architects for the construction of the new Health Sciences Center, expansion of the Career and Technology Center and new parking on the Gainesville campus.

The board hired Eikon Consultant Group as the construction manager and PBK Architects to design the three new projects.

The board also heard a presentation by Templeton Demographics on the findings of a survey conducted this past summer on past and future demographic trends in Denton County. The report showed how fast Denton County’s population is growing, along with the areas of the county where the most new housing is being constructed.