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News Release

John Tyler Community College Holds Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on May 13, 2014

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored more than three dozen spring nursing graduate candidates on May 12, 2014, during a pinning ceremony held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Chesterfield County.  Dr. Jo Lynne W. Robins, RN, ANP-BC, HTP, AHN-C, FAANP, delivered the keynote address. Robins is an assistant professor of nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jasmine Awad, one of the spring semester Nursing program graduates candidates offered remarks on behalf of the students.

The nursing graduate candidates are as follows (zip codes appear in parentheses):
Hilda Aguilar (23236)
Panida Amouroux (23832)
Jasmine Awad (23235)
Jacob Bisharat (23114)
Penny Chadwick-Parker (23075)
Lisa Cogbill (23063)
Mellissa Cunningham (23060)
Catherine Cutshaw (23832)
Jessica Devericks (23150)
Megan Drury (23831)
Kim Easley (23139)
Ryan Ernest (23113)
Janice Ezzell (23060)
Sara Fletcher (23834)
Christian Flock (23124)
Shannon Fortune (23237)
Taylor Gray (23223)
Stephanie Harrelson (23832)
Lauren Hawkins (23237)
Kathryn Holland (23220)
Lori Horner (23229)
Joshua Hughes (23228)
Kristin Hunt (23114)
Shannon Hunter (23832)
Stephanie Johnstone (23139)
Fabienne Kebreau (23832)
Danielle King (23236)
Haley Lawler (23223)
Cassaundra Marshall (23838)
Katelyn Mattes (23230)
Guadalupe Molina (23228)
Shelby Morris (23139)
Crystal Munford (23237)
Patricia Osei-Asante (23834)
Angella Pontius (23113)
Glorybell Ramirez (23834)
Joanie Rockette (23112)
Angela Sharp (23831)
Iren Russell (23139)
Caroline Uzel (23113)

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 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates, and 34 career studies certificates. The institution also serves more than 13,000 non-credit trainees and over 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.

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