Division of Health Sciences Holds Drive-in Pinning Ceremony

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Division of Health Sciences Holds Drive-In Pinning Ceremony

The Division of Health Sciences was sure to abide by guidelines preventing further spread of the coronavirus during its drive-in pinning ceremony held at the Robert G. Mason Health Sciences Building. Although in a manner that respected social distancing, the graduates were pleased to be honored for their achievements.

Division of Health Sciences Holds Drive-In Pinning Ceremony

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Fri Jun 5, 2020

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The Division of Health Sciences was sure to abide by guidelines preventing further spread of the coronavirus during its drive-in pinning ceremony held at the Robert G. Mason Health Sciences Building. Although in a manner that respected social distancing, the graduates were pleased to be honored for their achievements.

“The graduates of these programs have endured through an unprecedented time in our nation as well as health care with resilience, courage, and tenacity to complete the prescribed areas of study,” said Dr. Chequitia Dixon, assistant dean of Health Sciences, in a welcome.

The luxury of in-person learning was abruptly revoked. The graduates, however, successfully transitioned to an online teaching and learning platform to complete the remainder of the spring semester.

“We commend each of you for staying the course and finishing the race before you,” Dixon added.

Each graduate exited their vehicle to be pinned by family members.

The graduates then crossed the threshold of their new career fields with a pledge.

Dr. Charledria McGee, a two-time graduate of Coahoma Community College’s Health Sciences Department, addressed the honorees by briefly describing the health care field she chose. McGee studied at the University of Tennessee to receive her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She has been working in in-patient and out-patient settings as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

The Rosedale, Mississippi, native spoke on the beneficial learning experience she received in Coahoma’s practical nursing and associate degree nursing programs.

“CCC gave me the confidence and the skills in the areas that I would have never believed possible,” she expressed.

McGee praised the graduates for embracing change to meet their goals.

“I know it hasn’t been an easy journey, but you did it,” she continued. “Luckily, as graduates of Coahoma Community College Health Science Center, you have been given all the paper and ink that you need to write your own story—stories that will become bestsellers.”

She offered advice for becoming reputable health professionals, pointing out that professionalism, punctuality, and credibility were of utmost importance in health care.

“Leave your bad mood at the door when you come to work,” said McGee. “Set alarms; make it earlier than your shift.”

McGee urged the grads to keep their work atmosphere positive.

ADN graduate Vanessa Taylor was recognized for being awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

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