Congratulations to Practical Nursing Cohort 158 Graduates

The latest class of Practical Nursing students celebrated their graduation on Wednesday, August 25, at 5 pm, at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.  This was the first time that Practical Nursing has used this venue for a graduation and over one hundred friends and family members attended to cheer on the fledgling nurses.  The ceremony was also live streamed online for additional viewers.

Lavon Herschberger, Practical Nursing instructor, took the podium to announce the individual graduates and invite each one on stage to accept their diploma and receive their nursing pin.  The first row of a dozen almost-graduates stood and waited patiently for their turn.

“Reminds me of waiting for check offs,” Herschberger commented with a laugh, referring to the line of  students that always grew as each one waited to demonstrate a skill to an instructor and have that skill “checked off” their list of requirements.

The students shared the Nurses Pledge where they promised to adhere to the code of ethics for Nursing, not do anything evil or malicious, not reveal any confidential information, and raise the power and prestige of Practical Nursing.  Following that, they held the traditional Presentation of the Lamp ceremony.  This ceremony is a symbolic passing of knowledge from faculty to students and from nurse to nurse rooted in the ancient practice of one nurse coming on duty taking the flame from the lamp from the nurse who was standing down.  After the Nurses’ Prayer and closing remarks, the new graduates headed into the lobby to celebrate with their loved ones.

Congratulations to all of the new graduates! You make us all proud!


Valedictorian – Michelle Ward

Salutatorian – Jolyn Martin

Elizabeth Graham Award – Tiffany Cruse
The Elizabeth Graham Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the ideals of the Practical Nursing Program, through clinical nursing excellence.

Sara B. Shea Leadership Award – Jolyn Martin
The Sara B. Shea Leadership Award is awarded to the student who promoted the ideals of the Practical Nursing Program through the utilization of their leadership skills

Excellence in Gerontology Award – Ayesha Garcia
The Excellence in Gerontology Award is sponsored by Willow Valley Retirement Communities and is awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding clinical nursing excellence in the field of gerontology.

Practical Nursing Cohort 158 Graduates

Eric Atta Anim
Samantha Badio
Ashley Lauren Chantler
Tiffany Renee Cruse
Chantel M. Elliott
Ayesha Ahshaki Garcia
Regina Pam Haldeman
Brittany Nicole Huber
Tammy Shawn Hynicker
Tayonia Monique Jordan
Lashae Lynn Kenly
Elizabeth Jayde Levering
Jolyn Eunice Martin
Peyton Nicole McGinnis
Jennifer L. McNeil
Taylor Lee Mikesic
Caroline Ngamgne Tagne Epse Zudie
Cristin L. Olson
Claudina Pierre-Paul
Francena Ray Rodriguez
Shayna B. Sanchez
Veronica M. Sanders
Ana Iris Santos Batista
Shavonne N. Slayton
Kiersten Lynn Marie Stoner
Megan Jasmine Taylor
Gabrielle Marie Torres
Krista-Lynn Jonchae Towles
Jessica Leigh Trythall
Tanasha Adida Walton
Michelle M. Ward
Robin Danielle Wiggins

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