Practical Nursing Virtual Graduation – Cohort 156 – Dec. 22

December 23, 2020

The virtual graduation ceremony for the latest class of Practical Nursing graduates at the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center was held online on December 22, 2020.  The online format of the ceremony lacked none of the solemnity and decorum and emotion present in any other venue.

An emotional Alison Nolt, LCCTC PN Instructor and Commencement Speaker, encouraged the graduates to keep moving ahead in their careers with confidence and conviction.  Some of the graduates themselves led the Nursing Pledge and the Nursing Prayer.  All the students, at home but professionally dressed in their crisp, white nursing uniforms and holding candles took part in a modified 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.

Given that the official ceremony would be virtual, the graduating students took the opportunity during their last regular classes to have professional photos taken and receive their diplomas and Practical Nursing pins.

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

Award Recipients for Cohort 156

Valedictorian – Cassidy Simione

Salutatorian – Valerie Dillner

Elizabeth Graham Award – Cassidy Simione

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 – Valerie Dillner

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 – Elizabeth Nelson

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 – Brittany Dieren

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.

Perfect Attendance Award

Alexa Colagreco

Valerie Dillner

Beltha Etchi

Kayla Alexis Fuentes

Cassidy Simione

Tracy Stricker

Stephanie Vazquez

Ashley Ward

Practical Nursing Cohort 156 Graduates

Kiersten Alyssa Alexander

Riley Leigh Arnold

Alexa Nicole Colagreco

Brittany Allison Dieren

Valerie Ann Dillner

Amy Huston Draisey

Beltha T Etchi

Kayla Alexis Fuentes

Chantel Payton Grow

Brianna Lynn Hershel

Tiffany Joann Hoffmaster

Iyannah Lynn Jimenez

Meredith Michel Maxwell

Jordae Aleeyah Moore

Elizabeth Naa Maymuna Nelson

Shelby Alessandra Riggins

Gwen Michelle Risser

Stacy Lynn Shober

Cassidy Leigh Simione

Derek N Stoltzfus

Tracy L Stricker

Elise Lisette Torres

Stephanie Jeanette Vasquez

Ashley Marie Ward

Jianna Ashley Weathers

Christopher Roushdy Youssef

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