Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Seventeen students graduate from MC nursing program

• Ceremony included special tribute to nurses serving in U.S. military

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) Associate Degree Nursing graduates were pinned at a ceremony on Thursday evening, December 15. The pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing graduates, marking the transition from nursing school to nursing practice.

The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of nursing schools.

MC December 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduates are AnnaMaria Almanza, Stephanie Amparan, Daniela Carmona, Candace Ellis, Brandy Gasch, Christopher Gaule, Nikki Lara, Vasti Loredo, Tara Mahan, Lisa Manning, Elizabeth Montes, Kaitlyn Moorhouse, Elizabeth Phillips, Vicki Perez, Michelle Ramirez, Jessica Welch and Mona Wilde.

MC Dean of Health Sciences Carmen Edwards said, “We are extremely proud of these graduates. They are now ready to take their registered nurse licensure exam, and we know they will do well. They will soon be assuming careers as dedicated, intelligent and competent caregivers. We wish them well in their future endeavors and know they will succeed.”

The ceremony included a special tribute to nurses serving in the U.S. Military as Lt. Commander Christina Wynns led The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. Wynns has served in the U.S. Navy for the past 24 years and was deployed at the Role 3 NATO Hospital in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. She also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Gulf Storm, Guam and Haiti.

A special achievement, highest Grade Point Average (GPA) award was presented to nursing graduate Lisa Manning, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.6.

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