The Payson campus of Gila Community College celebrated the graduation of 16 students at their 2019 Commencement held at First Church of the Nazarene on May 8.

The invocation was given by Pastor Dixie Neal of Payson First Church of the Nazarene and Jan Brocker, vice president/secretary of the Gila Community College school board, welcomed graduates and attendees.

Speakers included Bailee Taylor; Cameron Mower, biology associate professor; Maia Crespin, executive director of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Todd Haynie, Eastern Arizona College president.

Heather Perry, Allied Health associate professor, gave the degree announcements.


Associate of Applied

Science in Business

*Ashley Lynn Blanco and *Cody Rose Nickerson

Associate of Applied Science in Small Business Management

John Tristen and *Jayd Westberg

Associate of Applied

Science in Fire Science

Trenton Mark Cline

Associate of Applied Science in General Technical Studies

*Julita Mae Ulloa

Associate of Applied

Science in Nursing

Susan K Foster, Angela Hiatt, Missy M. Kindrick, Jonallyn Nakisha Rodriguez and Heather A. Yung

Associate of General Studies

Itzel Acedo Quinonez, *Janna Dominique Blaauw, Judy Lynn Clark, Evelyn L. Guevara, Erik Leon, *Ryan Joseph Ricke, and *Bailee Christine Taylor

*Indicates they graduated with honors.


The nursing class of 2019 also celebrated with a pinning ceremony on May 8.

Payson campus dean Pam Butterfield welcomed attendees and Rev. Michael Ward gave the opening prayer.

The six Payson campus nursing graduates are Tabitha Dromiack, Susan K. Foster, Angela Hiatt, Missy Kindrick, Jonallyn Rodriguez and Heather Yung.

Digital Media Mgr/Staff Writer/Photographer

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Avoid obscene, hateful, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful.
Be Nice. No name-calling, racism, sexism or any sort of -ism degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Real names only!