Pinning Ceremony held for graduating Nurses

Pictured are the 2018 Associate Degree Nursing graduates from left to right. First row: Amiee Smith, Beverly Smetzer, Whitley Neeley, Holly Shaver, Cora Harrison, Molly Xiong, and Sherry Little. Second row: Heather Tucker, Caitlin Pyrek, Raya Mesimer, Susan Strawn, Madison Eury, Jennifer Goodman, Anna Hurley, and Corrissa Little. Third row: Gerri Stanly, Amanda Belk, Kaila Page, Destiny Cooper, Iyari Cortes, Jessica Morrison, Megan Morris, and Savannah Jeffery. Fourth row: Jamie Kurtz, Jessica Williams, Holly Harris, Crystal Parker, Alan Montgomery, Desiree Simpson, Tammie Snyder, and Myra Russell. Not pictured Ericka Neal.

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Students from the Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Stanly Community College (SCC) held their annual pinning ceremony at the Providence Church of God in Locust, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Ms. Caitlin Pyrek, ADN graduate, ADN Club President, and Student Government Association President, introduced Dr. John Enamait, President of Stanly Community College, who gave a warm welcome and thanked all attending the ceremony. Dr. Enamait noted the students’ hard work, perseverance, and dedication that brought them to this point in their educational journey. He also thanked the devoted faculty and staff for their hard work and commitment.

Chassity Washburn, MSN, RN, CNE, and the Director of Nursing at SCC, introduced the Nursing Class of 2018.

Angela Hamby, MSN, RN, and Instructor, was the honorary speaker for the evening. Ms. Hamby recognized the sacrifices that were made in order for the students to be successful. “A sincere thank you to the families and friends that made sacrifices to help our students succeed.”

Family and friends watched as 32 graduates received their nurse’s pin from Instructors Blair Whitley, MSN, RN and Chassity Washburn. The pinning ceremony symbolizes completion of the highly respected and rigorous Nursing program at SCC. The graduates will become licensed nurses after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) later in the spring.

Instructor Wanda Huneycutt, RN, MSN, CNE, read the Nightingale pledge as the class lit candles and recited the pledge in memory of Florence Nightingale. This pledge is a statement of principles indicating the nurses’ commitment to professionalism and patient care.

Holly Shaver, ADN graduate, gave the closing prayer.

The Nursing program is named in honor of Mrs. Annie Ruth Kelley, the first chairperson of the College Board of Trustees and the first woman to chair a community college board in North Carolina. Mrs. Kelley served with distinction for 28 years as a college trustee.

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