Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Midland College Associate Degree Nursing program celebrates graduating class

• Pinning ceremony honors 44 nursing graduates

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Last Wednesday evening, May 10, during National Nurses Week, Midland College (MC) recognized 44 graduating Associate Degree Nursing students during a pinning and candle lighting ceremony at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

The graduating class included 27 students who were enrolled in MC’s traditional two-year registered nurse preparation program and 17 vocational nurses who were enrolled in the registered nurse transitional program. According to Dr. Carmen Edwards, MC dean of Health Sciences, students in this class had the highest average exit exam scores that the College has ever seen. Edwards said that the students are well prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Exam to become registered nurses.

Graduates of the traditional registered nursing program are Brittany Beattie, Kristina Beggs, Trista Diehl, Hannah Ezell, Emily Felts, Marilyn Flores, Lindsay Graves, Mercy Jama, Heidi Johnson, Skyler Lower, Kendra Martin, Desirae Melton, Juan Molinar, Rukia Musinde, Cynthia Natividad, Eke Ott, Mariah Owen, Sandra Reynosa, Amanda Richardson, Andrea Rios-Hernandez, Anna Roark, Kristyn Salazar, Raven Sanchez, Yara Torres, Samantha Ureste, Lauren Viscaino and Stephanie Yanez.

Graduates of the vocational nursing to registered nursing transitional program are Arturo Avila, Mary Brash, Victoria Busch, Leaanna Calzada, Abigael DeGuzman, Lydia Flores, Stacy Hernandez, Manka Kwayu, Crystal Monsevais, Claudia Ochoa, Heriberto Pina, Daenna Sanchez, Jessica Sotelo, Connie Sullivan, Danita Turner, Catalina Velasco and Graciela Villa.

During the ceremony, Highest GPA Awards were presented to Samantha Ureste (photo at left), who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 from the traditional registered nursing program, and Crystal Monsevais (photo at right), who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4) from the vocational nursing to registered nursing transitional program.

U.S. military veteran Stacy Hernandez, who graduated from the transitional program, opened the ceremony by leading the The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. The evening concluded with a reception hosted by Midland Health.

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