VC honors 54 Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates

Maria Vasquez is happy she took her mother’s advice.

Vasquez began her quest to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse four years ago, but wasn’t able to complete Victoria College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program on her first try.

“I had a setback, but I told my parents if I got back in, I was going to give it all I’ve got,” Vasquez said.

On May 10, Vasquez was one of 55 Victoria College students honored for completing the two-year ADN Program during a pinning ceremony at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Amanda Franta was named the class valedictorian, and Kendra Besetsny was named the class salutatorian.

Vasquez, 27, said after being motivated by her mother, Gloria Vasquez, to return to school, she was mentored by VC ADN Program Assistant Professor Vicki Miles to finish.

“I came across Vicki, and I told her my story,” said Vasquez, who plans to pursue her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at the University of Houston-Victoria. “She said, ‘We’re going to do this.’ I always confided in Vicki. She was like my ‘Momma Miles.’ “

Other graduates were Cindy Alaniz, Leah Anzualda, Yulma Armendariz, Kenya Austin, Shatia Bartlett, Joseph Camacho, Bianca Cantu, Mayra Carrillo, Sarah Castro, Melissa Davis, Erendira Dimas, Allyson Dlouhy, Gabriella Garcia, Selina Garcia, Tara Hayden, Tierra Haynes, Ashley Hernandez, Debra Herrera-Hernandez, Lyric Knief, Kelly Krieger, Natisha Longoria, Kristin Luna, Amanda Martinez, Erica Medrano, Chelsea Miller-Martinez, Tara Mize, Alexandria Molina, Alyssa Molina, Kristin Moring, Stephanie Olivarez, Leah Olveda, Alyssa Ortiz, Marlen Oviedo, Jordyn Pausewang, Jacoby Ramirez, April Ramos, Madison Reyes, Jessica Rivera, Victoria Rosas, Kristina Sosa, Hunter Spence, Lensey Spradley, Julia Stastny, Tabitha Surman, Kacie Ward, Jill Weishuhn, Erin Wendel, Jessica Wilkerson, Monta Woods and Christine Ziegler.

Victoria College offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing that is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

Successful completion of the ADN Program enables graduates to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Satisfactory achievement on the exam qualifies graduates for licensure as a registered nurse.

For more information on Victoria College’s ADN Program, call (361) 572-6435 or email

Fifty-four students were honored on May 10 for graduating from Victoria College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. Amanda Franta, second from left, was named the class valedictorian, and Kendra Besetsny, third from left, was named the class salutatorian. Pictured with the students are VC Dean of Allied Health Darla Strother and VC President Dr. David Hinds.