CCC honors 24 during Health Sciences pinning ceremony
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College recognized 24 budding health professionals during its annual Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony.

CCC honors 24 during Health Sciences pinning ceremony

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green -


Sun May 14, 2017

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College recognized 24 budding health professionals during its annual Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony.

Family and friends of five Respiratory Care Technology graduates and nineteen Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) graduates joined CCC administration, faculty and staff Thursday morning in the Pinnacle for the ceremony, held to signify completion of the respective programs of study for the future healthcare professionals prior to graduation.

“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate this milestone that these graduates have accomplished,” said CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton.

“It’s not an easy task to complete a Health Sciences program. However, with their hard work and the support from their loved ones, they are now being pinned and looking forward to the future.”

The ceremony was highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Dora Christian (MS, Ph.D., MS, RN-BC), a mental health therapist and business owner with over 30 years of healthcare experience.

Christian’s message to graduates was centered on three important healthcare facets—caring, advocacy and leadership.

She said caring includes taking care of one’s self physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

“If you do not care for yourself, chances are you will not be able to care for others optimally,” Christian said.

Christian also stressed the importance of respect, referring to it as “one of the tallest orders” healthcare professionals have to fulfill.

“Respect goes a long way,” said Christian. “Great healthcare workers respect people.”

Christian closed by challenging students to “stay on the cutting edge” and to “implement skills that are grounded and best practices that are evidence-based.”

“Class of 2017, as you care for your patients, remember that they are relying on your honesty, skills and competency,” she said. “…You may be the closest and most trusted person in their eyes.”

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 Respiratory Care Technology program were William Kennedy of Inglewood, CA; Melanie King of West Helena, AR; Torrie Williams of West Helena, AR; Quinton Wilson of Tutwiler, MS; and Akeyla Young of Marks, MS.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program were: Myisha Bass of Jackson, MS; Tabitha Conner of Clarksdale, MS; Tashbea Conner of Clarksdale, MS; Kimberlee Corso of Clarksdale, MS;Robin Cosby of Batesville, MS; Crystal Dishman of Clarksdale, MS; Brittney Halums of Greenville, MS; Maria Jackson of Clarksdale, MS; Vernice Johnson of Charleston, MS; Kandi Jones of Clarksdale, MS; Sharon Jones of Greenville, MS; Marquenetta Madden of Webb, MS; Kirby Miller of Greenwood, MS; Charlotta Moore of Greenville, MS; Jessica Robinson of Mound Bayou, MS; Chaniqua Smith of Oxford, MS; Damissa Sturdevant of Greenville, MS; Sereka Walker of Drew, MS; and Tikima White of Cleveland, MS.  

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event on CCC’s Facebook page!