Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s pinning ceremony marked the end of one journey and the start of a new one for 19 graduates of CCC’s Associate Degree Nursing and Respiratory Care Technology programs.
Family and friends of the graduates joined CCC administration, faculty and staff during the ceremony held in the Pinnacle Thursday morning. The annual ritual signifies completion of the respective program of study for the future healthcare professionals before the graduation ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9.
“Isn’t it wonderful to be able to come together to celebrate a milestone?” said CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton as she welcomed guests. “These students have met a milestone in their life and they’ve accomplished it on their own and with the help of their family and friends. … I salute the graduates, and I salute each of you.”
The ceremony was highlighted by a keynote address from Debbie Logan of the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce. Logan, who has worked as a nurse for over four decades, said that profession is much more than just a job.
“We have the opportunity to minister to the heart, the soul, the mind and the body of our patients and their family. Healthcare is an art, it’s a science,” she said.
Recalling her own experience, Logan told students that while the journey is challenging, the job is rewarding.
“The road to becoming a nurse is not easy—it’s tough, lots of hard days, it’s challenging, and there are times when you look in the mirror and say ‘I don’t know if I can do this another day,’” said Logan. “But in the end you will touch lives, people will remember you. They may not remember their name, and you probably won’t remember theirs, but they will remember what you did for them.”
Logan concluded with a few final words of wisdom to the graduates.
“You have a blank canvas in front of you—you can paint the picture of where you’re going,” Logan said. “Work diligently, care for patients, but also care for yourself. Commit yourself to life-long learning. Enjoy life, rest —nursing can wear you out so take time for yourself and your family—and enjoy what’s ahead of you.”
Program Directors Doug Treanor, respiratory care technology and Lorean Willingham, associate degree nursing, then led the pinning of graduates in their respective programs. Once pinned, the graduates repeated the pledge of their profession, promising to uphold professional and ethical standards within their healthcare fields.
Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are pictured, front row, from left, Shirley Rios of Rena Lara, MS; Shontorius Hill of Glendora, MS; Arlene Ferrell of Batesville, MS; Erma Fields of Clarksdale, MS; Kateria Evans of Clarksdale, MS; Kierra DeBerry of Horn Lake, MS; Kimberly Yarbrough of Clarksdale, MS; Von’Shaella McClinton of Doddsville, MS; (back row) Kabreisha Johnson of Leland, MS; Stephanie Place of Cleveland, MS; Tasha Rucker of Clarksdale, MS; Brittany Smith of Batesville, MS; Yolanda Bovan of Cleveland, MS; Juanita Ivy of Oxford, MS; David Burchfield of Alligator, MS; and Matthew Sutton of Urbana, IL;
Graduates of the Respiratory Care Technology program are pictured, from left, Courtney Brown of Merigold, MS; Tommeisha Fonzie of Helena, AR; and Andrea Mortimer of Greenville, MS.
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