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
Kayla Alexis Fuentes
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