The first Practical Nursing graduation ceremony with in-person guests since the start of the pandemic was held on Friday, April 23. Guests were strictly limited and socially distanced but the graduates of Practical Nursing Cohort 45 were able to enjoy their graduation ceremony with friends and family. The ceremony was also live streamed online for additional viewers.
The ceremony included all of the aspects of a typical PN graduation ceremony including commencement speeches, conferring diplomas and awards, the pinning ceremony, and 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.
Congratulations to all of the new graduates! You make us all proud!
AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR COHORT 45
Valedictorian – Emily Blackshire
Salutatorian – Lyannet Alvira-Galarza
Elizabeth Graham Award – Lyannet Alvira-Galarza
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 – Ashleigh Pham
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
Service Award – Astrid Rodriguez
The Service Award goes to the student who has given time and effort most meaningfully in service to the school or class through participation in activities other than those directly related to the program of studies.
Excellence in Gerontology Award – Jenna Rose
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 45 Graduates
Victoria Teresa Aviles
Natalie Marie Ayala
Emily Jane Blackshire
Brittany Deann Crouse
Wanita T Curry
Jessica Ivana Decker
Courtney Lynn Hare
Tiffany Renee Helmick
Nichelle Zakia Henderson
Berrell Isreal Zarskey Hughes Jr.
J’ne Patrice Jefferson
Nicole Ashley Miller
Hayley Morgan Miller
Taysia La-Rae Pack
Cailee Ann Peachey
Katherine Elyse Petry
Astrid Carolina Rodriguez
Jenna Mae Rose
Crystal Marie Tirado