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Spring 2017 Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on May 16, 2017

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – With their family and friends proudly looking on, John Tyler Community College’s most recent nursing graduates came together to celebrate their achievements at the college’s Spring Nursing Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony, honoring 48 students, was held May 12, 2017 in the Multipurpose Center at Virginia State University. Tyler Nursing Program alumna Stacie Wash, RN, delivered the keynote address. In her speech, Wash, who works in labor and delivery at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, offered her new colleagues some advice: remember to listen; remain aware of the mind-body connection; take care of yourself so you can care for others; don’t forget that patients are more than their injury or illness, they are people; and never stop learning.

The nursing graduates candidates recognized during the ceremony are (zip codes appear next to name):

Patricia Abbott (23112)
Mary Angela Altadonna (23113)
Susan Blanks (23139)
Mary Cantwell (23112)
Sheila Chenault (23113)
Kristen Chin (23838)
Rebecca Christian (23226)
Emily Cox (23120)
Chelsea Crump (23116)
Shannon Cullen (23834)
Alexis Cummings (23139)
Sherry Dai (23452)
Deshandra Fields (23238)
Kiana Flournoy (23225)
Courtney Foster Hare (23120)
Laura Gibson (23114)
Tracey Goodsell (23235)
Morgan Griffin (23220)
Lisa Harmon (23237)
Heather Harrell (23114)
Jennifer Harris (23831)
Joshua Holmes (23112)
William Hudgins (23114)
Ashleigh Huff (23838)
Essence Jones (23860)
Paula Keough (23238)
Sara King (23831)
Christine Learned (23294)
Kryssia Leon (23237)
Kristen Madron (23838)
Ivan Magoba (23236)
Christine Martin (23875)
Ali Muslem (23225)
Leah Neilson (23235)
Kristin Nelligan (23226)
Melissa Newman (23113)
Brittany Noel (23803)
Sarah Payne (23225)
Susan Perez (23112)
Patricia Peterson (23223)
Roxanne Popejoy (23237)
Kathleen Ribeiro (23226)
Maria Santacoloma (23237)
Jessica Spero-Marshall (23120)
Tara Stevens (23225)
Chad Walker Jr. (23832)
Alexandra Williams (23139)
Holly Wright (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.

John Tyler Community College, celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to Central Virginia, 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 affordable, quality programs 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 14,100 students during the 2015-16 academic year, offers more than 60 majors, including associate degrees and certificates. The institution also serves more than 12,000 non-credit trainees and over 900 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

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