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Blinn announces its Fall 2014 honors graduates

More than a quarter of Fall graduates earned GPA of 3.5 or above

Fall Graduation 2014

Blinn College announced today that 52 members of its Fall 2014 graduating class earned academic honors after posting a collegiate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5.

Approximately 200 students graduated in December as Blinn hosted its first fall commencement ceremony. Of those graduates, 28 graduated cum laude with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.69; seven graduated summa cum laude with a GPA between 3.7 and 3.89; and 17 graduated magna cum laude with a GPA above 3.90.

“Blinn gave me self-confidence, leadership skills and the power to make a better future for myself, my family and my community,” said Vanessa Martinez, a criminal justice and law enforcement major from Brenham who graduated magna cum laude. “Coming to Blinn was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.”

Blinn enrolled a school-record 19,317 students last Fall and has experienced 37.5 percent growth since 2006. Students taking 30 credit hours at Blinn in 2014-15 will save approximately $4,000 in tuition compared to the average Texas public university (48.8 percent), and Blinn offers more than 220 endowed scholarships.

The College’s academic transfer rate regularly ranks among the highest in the state and nation and is approximately 20 percent higher than the state average. The Texas A&M Blinn TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program allows selected applicants to Texas A&M University’s freshman class a unique co-enrollment opportunity with the opportunity to earn full Texas A&M admission. The first of its kind between a major university and a community college, the initiative received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Recognition of Excellence in 2013 and its Star Award in 2014. This Fall, 1,091 students enrolled in the TEAM Program.

Registration for Blinn’s Spring semester is open through Jan. 19, with classes beginning Jan. 20. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.
For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

BLINN COLLEGE FALL 2014 HONORS GRADUATES
Name Honor Hometown
Crystal Feldtman Magna Cum Laude Bellville, TX
Daniela Ozuna Cum Laude Brenham, TX
Vanessa Martinez Magna Cum Laude Brenham, TX
Kristen Schroeder Magna Cum Laude Brenham, TX
Taylor Coghlan Cum Laude Brenham, TX
Cara Gerland Cum Laude Brenham,TX
John Arbelaez Magna Cum Laude Brenham,TX
Sarah Dowell Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Garrett Wheaton Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Jana Nolen Magna Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Griselda  Gonzalez Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Nathaniel Vance Magna Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Griselda  Templeton Summa Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Courtney Watson Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Karla Torres Cum Laude Bryan, TX
Sarah Faske Cum Laude Burton, TX
Kejan Mehlhorn-Hock Cum Laude Burton, TX
Chunyan  Zheng Summa Cum Laude College Station, TX
Bobby Carter Cum Laude College Station, TX
Sina Johnson Cum Laude College Station, TX
Christina Siebeneicher Cum Laude College Station, TX
Carlos Vazquez Cum Laude College Station, TX
Steven Cavasar Cum Laude College Station, TX
Chelsea Gardner Cum Laude College Station, TX
Shanda Griffin Cum Laude College Station, TX
Ericka Burkett Magna Cum Laude College Station, TX
Melissa Moorehead Magna Cum Laude College Station, TX
Bhavishya Kuttuva Magna Cum Laude College Station, TX
Eilightzone Saputra Summa Cum Laude College Station, TX
Danielle Gaucher Summa Cum Laude College Station, TX
Frieda Younts Cum Laude College Station, TX
Michael Koets Cum Laude College Station, TX
Mitchell Craddock Cum Laude College Station, TX
Taylor Buckner Magna Cum Laude College Station, TX
David Jones Magna Cum Laude College Station, TX
Camilo Torres Cum Laude Dallas, TX
Michael Chapple Cum Laude Giddings, TX
Hope  Phoenix Cum Laude Giddings, TX
Kelsey Graham Magna Cum Laude Hearne, TX
Tracy Sebesta Cum Laude Hempstead, TX
Brittany Stamps Magna Cum Laude Houston,TX
Jonathan Zitzmann Magna Cum Laude Huntsville, TX
Klara Fielder Cum Laude Huntsville, TX
Mollie Conwell Cum Laude Lovelady, TX
Matthew NeSmith Cum Laude Molena, GA
Kylee Dyess Magna Cum Laude San Angelo, TX
Katelyn Sowa Cum Laude Sealy, TX
Samantha Moeckel Summa Cum Laude Sealy, TX
Amanda Jordan Magna Cum Laude The Woodlands, TX
Melissa Arciniega Magna Cum Laude Tyler, TX
Dean Vanek Summa Cum Laude Victoria, TX
Jessica  Sanchez Summa Cum Laude Wallis, TX