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John Tyler Community College Holds Pinning Ceremony for its Spring 2013 Semester Nursing Graduates

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on May 10, 2013

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored more than 55 spring nursing graduate candidates on May 6, 2013, during a pinning ceremony held at the Holiday Inn Koger Center in Chesterfield County. Dr. Marshall W. Smith, president of John Tyler Community College, delivered the keynote address. Those in attendance also heard from Chad Doebler, Sara Kaut and Eli Doxtator, three of the spring semester Nursing Program graduates. An inspirational musical selection was provided by Ms. Dale Williams as a tribute to her classmates.

The nursing graduate candidates are as follows (zip codes appear in parentheses):

Julie Aliff (23114)
Kimberly Atkins (23832)
Anna Ayres (23114)
Jennifer Bell (23236)
Ashley Berry (23112)
Christopher Brock (23832)
Tiffany Card (23831)
Latasha Christian-Kennard (23832)
Joseph Ciucci (23139)
Ashanti Coles (23224)
Angela Copi (23235)
Jeanne Daniel (23112)
Carolyn Dixon (23237)
Chad Doebler (23236)
Eli Doxtator (23139)
Ivrys Dukes (96706)
Deidra Dwyer (23113)
Laquentishia Harris (23832)
Victoria Hertless (23228)
Barbara Horton (23002)
Rebecca Hughes (23834)
Sara Kaut (23112)
Jim Kelly (23235)
Leslie Kemp (23803)
Catherine Leeper (23838)
Jodi L’Heureux (23944)
Kim Lesniak (23238)
Nicole Lofton (23231)
Carrie Love (23832)
Vikki Martin (23831)
Lindsay McCormick (23139)
Tonya McDowell (23832)
Heather Merritt (23234)
Sierra Moon (23002)
Nicole Moore (23803)
Sara Neihouse (23112)
Whitney Newcomb (23139)
Dawn Paris (23113)
Alison Parrish (23237)
Jennifer Pate (23832)
Bethany Pitts (23229)
Rachel Romig (23114)
Kasie Sanders (23228)
Christina Sauer (23236)
Steven Schmidt (23114)
Ryan Stumpf (23114)
Jennifer Sottile (23236)
R. Chantel Thomas (23834)
Shannon Thompson (23113)
Donna Cherie Tuck (23009)
Audrey Urda (23832)
Cameron Walker (23139)
Katherine White (23832)
Dale Williams (23236)
Shannon Worley (23002)
Donna Wykle (23112)
Barbara Young (23112)

Pinning dates back to the 1880s. The pin, given to graduate candidates, symbolizes the school of nursing where the students earned their clinical experience, achieved academic credentials and began their socialization into the profession. The ceremony marks the completion of that rigorous training and is often viewed with the same importance as commencement.

Photographs taken at the ceremony may be downloaded from the College’s Flickr page at

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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