CCC honors 21 in PN Pinning Ceremony
CLARKSDALE – Emotions were visible Thursday evening as Class President Shelby Graham of Lula, MS reminded her classmates of how they’d started out in Coahoma Community College’s Practical Nursing (PN) program just one year ago.

CCC honors 21 in PN Pinning Ceremony

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Jul 12, 2017

Pictured, from left, are Jessica Francis (Clarksdale, MS); Lauren Jackson (Clarksdale, MS); Jaymia Collins (Cleveland, MS); Mallory Rybolt (Clarksdale, MS); Anne Rivers Brown (Clarksdale, MS); Mary Grace Braxton (Rena Lara, MS); Shantoni Bass (Tunica, MS); (second row) Shebronda Morris (Cleveland, MS); Jocelyn Gant (Mound Bayou, MS); Chealease Davis (Cleveland, MS); Wendy Dillard (Cleveland, MS); (third row) Shelby Graham (Lula, MS); Keisha Horsley (Rosedale, MS); Sybil Sias (Rosedale, MS); Preslea Stevenson, (Clarksdale, MS); Kiaira Magsby (Friars Point, MS); Chantel Spearman (Webb, MS); Tyshonda Wilson (Rosedale, MS); Ebonie Williams (Shaw, MS); Angela Williams (Clarksdale, MS); and Venessa Taylor (Rosedale, MS).

CLARKSDALE – Emotions were visible Thursday evening as Class President Shelby Graham of Lula, MS reminded her classmates of how they’d started out in Coahoma Community College’s Practical Nursing (PN) program just one year ago.

“As I look back, it’s clear we learned to take care of our patients by learning to take care of one another,” said Graham to the 20 PN graduates accompanying her on stage during the Pinning Ceremony.

“We took our first steps together as strangers. Today, we stand as family.”

Hosted in the Pinnacle, the ceremony signified that the PN graduates had successfully completed their programs of study at CCC and are eligible to take their national boards to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

“This is really a milestone for these graduates,” said CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton to the audience comprised of family and friends. “It’s not easy to finish a Health Sciences program, and they have worked hard to get here.”

During the ceremony, graduate Chantel Spearman of Webb, 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 Chealease Davis of Cleveland, MS also received the Clinical Excellence Award, designated to a student who exhibited outstanding clinical performance in the Practical Nursing program.

Rep. Orlando Paden (D-MS) gave the keynote address.

A graduate of Coahoma Agricultural High School; CCC; Alcorn State University and Belhaven University, Paden currently serves District 26, which includes Bolivar and Coahoma counties.

Paden began by reminding the graduates of the important role they’ll play in the lives of their patients.

“Your compassion plays an important role in providing dignified care to patients,” said Paden.

“A nurses compassion can affect outcome. …Your profession will cause you to go above and beyond the typical standards of care.”

He then recalled how his own grandmother was able to live a decade after being diagnosed with terminal cancer thanks to caring and compassionate nurses.

“I’m thankful for the doctors who treated her, but she was able to perform day-to-day activities because of caring and compassionate RNs and LPNs

As the graduates blossom in their career, Paden reminded them the importance of taking care of themselves.

“Oftentimes nurses take of others, but neglect themselves,
he said. “You must maintain yourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. If you are not healthy, you can not serve.”

Paden concluded by commending the graduates on their accomplishments and encouraging them to serve in the Mississippi Delta.

“I want to thank you personally for choosing a noteworthy profession,” he said. “You are a catalyst of change in our area. …We need you in our region.”

The graduates were then formally presented by PN Administrative Assistant Wendy Harris and pinned by PN Instructors Emily Gordon, Annie Hankins and Janet Johns before lighting their lamps and reciting the Practical Nursing Pledge.

The graduates were: Shantoni Bass (Tunica, MS); Mary Grace Braxton (Rena Lara, MS); Anne Rivers Brown (Clarksdale, MS); Mallory Rybolt (Clarksdale, MS); Jaymia Collins (Cleveland, MS); Jessica Francis (Clarksdale, MS); Wendy Dillard (Cleveland, MS); Chealease Davis (Cleveland, MS); Jocelyn Gant (Mound Bayou, MS); Shebronda Morris (Cleveland, MS); Lauren Jackson (Clarksdale, MS); Sybil Sias (Rosedale, MS); Keisha Horsley (Rosedale, MS); Shelby Graham (Lula, MS); Chantel Spearman (Webb, MS); Venessa Taylor (Rosedale, MS); Kiaira Magsby (Friars Point, MS); Preslea Stevenson, (Clarksdale, MS); Angela Williams (Clarksdale, MS); Ebonie Williams (Shaw, MS); and Tyshonda Wilson (Rosedale, MS).

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