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May 17, 2013
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WNC to graduate largest class in history

For the fourth consecutive year, Western Nevada College will graduate its largest class in history.

The class of 2013 is 505 students strong, with 530 degrees and certificates being issued. Four students will receive Bachelor of Technology degrees in construction management, and three students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees as part of WNC’s teacher preparation partnership with Nevada State College. The graduates span 60 years, from the youngest at age 17 and the eldest at 77.

Commencement ceremonies are Monday at 11 a.m. in Carson City at the Pony Express Pavilion, 888 N. Saliman Rd., and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Fallon at the Barkley Theatre at Oats Park Art Center, 151 Park St.

Nursing graduates will participate in a Pinning Ceremony on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Carson Nugget.

The college will also host its first multi-faith baccalaureate service this year, for the 2013 graduating class. It will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday at the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William St. Representatives of many local faith communities will be present to offer blessings for the graduates.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Carson City residents Dorothy and Robert Ramsdell. Since the late 1990s, the couple has contributed significant time, effort and funds to enhance the education that students at Western Nevada College receive. Their generosity has provided many student scholarships, equipment for the college’s registered nursing program, the reconstruction of the Child Development Center playground, and the continued growth of the Jack C. Davis Observatory. The couple has also sponsored the WNC softball program, and helped support the heralded “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” multimedia exhibition about the costs of war.

As a longtime member of the WNC Foundation, Dorothy has been active in developing and promoting fundraising ideas to support students at WNC. Meanwhile, Rob served a vital role in developing the college’s first baccalaureate degree program in Construction Management. Honorary degrees may be awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the improvement of the quality of academic program and academic life at an institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education.



Associate of Applied Science — Accounting

Shana Dianne Carlson, Terry M. Rehkop

Associate of Applied Science — Computer Networking Technology

Marvin Geovany Landaverde

Associate of Applied Science — Early Childhood Education

Kitti M. Bennett

Associate of Applied Science — General Business

Dianna Marie Ussery

Associate of Applied Science — Geographic Information Systems

Cheryl Lynn Larson

Associate of Applied Science — Nursing

Victoria Maria Martinez, Britany Ann Ortega, Kourtney R. Woods

Associate of Arts

Susan Patrice Bannister, Brandi Boothe, Justin C. Dellera, Kaylene Marie Holcomb,

Cierra Marie Meier, Mallory Morgan, Jay A. Perry, Nashali Pietri, Katherine E. Powell,

Janelle Anne S. Samonte, Teresa Louise Shurtliff, Lisa A. Slaymaker, Mackenzie C. Wuth

Associate of General Studies

Shana Dianne Carlson, Kristine Durrant Klaerner, Robert Vernon Love, Tracy Parlier,

Amber Jolene Ryle, Lisa A. Slaymaker, Rhonda R. Wood

Associate of Science

James Ditmars, Jarret Anthony Skinner

Associate of Science — Mathematics

Daniel L. Collier III

Certificate of Achievement — Bookkeeping

Brandi Boothe, Shana Dianne Carlson, Tracy Parlier, Nancy B. Smith


Associate of Applied Science — Computer Networking Technology

Mark David Premo

Associate of Applied Science — General Business

Rachel Renee, Uilani Gilmore

Associate of Applied Science — Management

Julia Gaines

Associate of Applied Science — Nursing

Julia Coleen Botelho, Jennifer L. Rogers

Associate of Arts

Jonathan Ball, Seth Alan Bergman, Bryan Lott, Nicole Lorraine Oyer

Associate of General Studies

Geoffrey S. MacDonald, Christopher E. Nolan Jr.

Certificate of Achievement — Network Support Technician

Mark David Premo

Certificate of Achievement — System Administration Technician

Mark David Premo


Associate of Arts

Patricia Del Porto Click


Certificate of Achievement — Business

Nathan L. Axelson, Michael George Butwinick


Associate of Applied Science — Automotive Mechanics

Nathan Elijah White

Associate of Applied Science — Nursing

Dallas Angell, Maria de los Angeles Cambron de Ochoa, Robert Lee Ciminski

Associate of Arts

Lyle C. Fife, Tammy McNeill, Stephanie Ann Wozniak

Associate of General Studies

Maria de los Angeles Cambron de Ochoa, Tracy Huttman

Associate of Science — Geosciences

Cynthia K. Matthes


Associate of Applied Science - General Business

Dominic LaCour

Associate of Science

Phillip C. Gates, Jerrod Lee Merrell

Certificate of Achievement — Business

Servando Ortiz-Monroy


Associate of Arts

Randall Lindsey Hunter

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