Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Seventeen Coahoma Community College Practical Nursing graduates celebrated the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another Thursday evening during their Pinning Ceremony.
Hosted in the Pinnacle, the ceremony signified that the graduates have successfully completed their programs of study at CCC and are now eligible for national boards to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).
“This is a celebration of achievement,” said CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton. “I’m sure that the families of these graduates know first-hand that this has been a challenging year … nursing is definitely not for the faint-hearted.”
During the ceremony, graduate Lauren Bully of Clarksdale, MS was presented the Edith Furniss Award—a $500 cash prize presented to a non-traditional Practical Nursing student who has overcome many obstacles to receive a degree.
Graduate Jalessa Lemon-Jones of Cleveland also received the Clinical Excellence Award, designated to a student who exhibited outstanding clinical performance in the Practical Nursing program.
Georgia Dill of Clarksdale, MS briefly addressed her fellow graduates, noting the trials of completing the PN program and appreciation for the support given by CCC PN faculty and staff. She was then joined by graduate Nasser Jackson of Cleveland, MS who presented a token of appreciation to Overton.
Dr. Jacquelyn Brownlow, CCC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) instructor, highlighted the ceremony as the keynote speaker.
Brownlow, a native of Greenwood, MS, received a PN degree from Mississippi Delta Community College; an ADN degree from Holmes Community College; a bachelor’s and master’s in Nursing from Delta State University; and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Recalling her own start as a LPN, Brownlow told the graduates that building a career is much like building your dream home. Referring to the their education at CCC as the foundation, Brownlow then told the graduates that their “home” is also furnished with attitude, appearance and willingness to help others.
“Nursing is a job—a great job,” she said. “It is a privilege to work with other people from all walks of life and impact them in ways that they will remember for a lifetime.”
Brownlow told the new graduates that the nursing profession also presents them with a wide-range of opportunities.
“Nursing is much more than bedside care. Your nursing career prepares you for just about anything you can think of … you name it and there’s probably a nurse doing it somewhere.”
The graduates were then formally presented by PN Administrative Assistant Wendy Harris and pinned by CCC Director of PN Chequitia Dixon along with PN Instructors Emily Gordon and Annie Hankins before lighting their lamps and reciting the Practical Nursing Pledge.
The graduates were: La'Keedra Allison (Tutwiler, MS); Lauren Bulley (Clarksdale, MS); (Alison Campbell (Marks, MS); Georgia Dill (Clarksdale, MS); Constance Gaddy (Calhoun, MS); Eboni Giles (Helena, AR); KaDeja Gray (Clarksdale, MS); Nasser Jackson (Cleveland, MS); Jessica Johnson (Clarksdale, MS); Ashley Jones (Cleveland, MS); Jalessa Lemon-Jones (Cleveland, MS); Jessica Shook (Marks, MS); Lindsey Striplin (Lyon, MS); Cherri Sumner (Tutwiler, MS); Tykasha Thomas (Cleveland, MS); Waltisha Thomas (Shelby, MS); and Star Wilson (Moorhead, MS).
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