Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured in the left photo are CCC 2016 Respiratory Care Technology graduates Royshundria Anderson of Frairs Point, MS; Bridgette McCoy of Greenville, MS; Ke'Arre Williams of Tutwiler, MS; Janis Raymond of Moorhead, MS; and CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. Pictured in the right photo are CCC 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduates Jacquelyn Jones of Charleston, MS; Sierra Smith of Rosedale, MS; Alex Gardner of Lyon, MS; Denetrius Banks of Clarksdale, MS; Tekisha Madkins of Enid, MS; CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner; Torrie Johnson of Clarksdale, MS; Jennifer Hill of Glendora, MS; Latonia Profit of Clarksdale, MS; and Mea Collins Carmicle of Mound Bayou, MS.
Thirteen Coahoma Community College graduates are officially moving forward in their health care careers following a Health Sciences Pinning Ceremony held this week.
Family and friends of four CCC Respiratory Care Technology graduates and nine Associate Degree Nursing 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.
“As a native of the Mississippi Delta, one thing that really concerns me is the healthcare industry,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner during the ceremony. “You, graduates, are a part of the fix that we need. You should be proud.”
CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton also congratulated the graduates and expressed gratitude to family and friends present for the sacrifices they’ve made to help the graduates successfully complete their programs.
“It’s not easy to graduate from a health science program but these graduates have done it.
To their support systems, thank you for being here for our graduates every step of the way,” said Overton. “They certainly didn’t get here themselves. … I salute each of you.”
The ceremony was highlighted by a keynote address from Clara Hurd, MSN, RN, CNE.
With more than three decades of experience in nursing, Hurd has co-authored six nursing reviews and preparation books. She currently serves as an instructor at the Mississippi University for Women and as a consultant offering item writing, curriculum development and faculty mentoring.
Hurd began by assuring the graduates that they’re prepared to tackle their new careers.
“You may be afraid that you don’t know enough or that you may miss something in a patient … let me reassure you, It’s really not yet possible for you to grasp the power of what you have in your prepared minds,” she said. “You are unaware of the acquired knowledge and skills until you actually use them, but you will become aware. Through this knowledge you will touch the lives of so many.”
She then discussed three main points—the importance of exhibiting professionalism, being ethical and seeking excellence.
“Promotions are not given to nurses without these qualities,” said Hurd. “What type of nurse do you want to be — a good one or a mediocre one? There are already mediocre nurses and respiratory care technicians everywhere.”
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 health care fields.
CCC 2016 Respiratory Care Technology graduates are: Royshundria Anderson of Frairs Point, MS; Bridgette McCoy of Greenville, MS; Ke'Arre Williams of Tutwiler, MS; and Janis Raymond of Moorhead, MS.
CCC 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduates are: Jacquelyn Jones of Charleston, MS; Sierra Smith of Rosedale, MS; Alex Gardner of Lyon, MS; Denetrius Banks of Clarksdale, MS; Tekisha Madkins of Enid, MS; Torrie Johnson of Clarksdale, MS; Jennifer Hill of Glendora, MS; Latonia Profit of Clarksdale, MS; and Mea Collins Carmicle of Mound Bayou, MS.
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