Pinning Ceremony Held for Graduating Nurses

Students from the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Stanly Community College (SCC) held their annual pinning ceremony at the Providence Church of God in Locust, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Nursing program is named in honor of Mrs. Annie Ruth Kelley, the first chairperson of the College Board of Trustees and the first woman to chair a community college board in North Carolina. Mrs. Kelley served with distinction for 28 years as a college trustee.

Pastor Jerry Ingle gave the invocation and blessing of the hands for the ceremony. Ms. Ashlee Cox, ADN Club President, introduced the honored guests. SCC Interim President Robin McCree welcomed guests and congratulated the students for their success and accomplishments, followed by the introduction of Class 2016 by Chassity Washburn, MSN, RN, CNE, SCC Director of Nursing. Jeanne Whalen, MSN, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Carolinas Medical Center-Union, spoke to the graduating seniors about lessons she has learned over the past forty years of nursing. She has been teaching clinicals for the students as adjunct faculty for nearly 10 years and has inspired many nurses over the years.

Also during the ceremony, instructors were given gifts by nursing students Lindsey Shoultes, Tracie Faircloth, Alexis Morgan-Johnson, Stephanie McKethan, Ashlee Cox and Brandon Alexander. Instructors Angela Hamby, MSN, RN and Jan Almond, MSN, MS, RN, gave the presentation of nursing awards.

Family and friends watched as 30 graduates received a nurse’s pin from Instructors Blair Whitley, MSN, RN and Amber Hatley, MSN, RN. The pinning ceremony symbolizes completion of the highly respected and rigorous Nursing program at SCC. The graduates will become licensed nurses after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) later in the spring.

Instructor Wanda Huneycutt, RN, MSN, CNE, read the Nightingale pledge as the class lit candles and recited the pledge in memory of Florence Nightingale. This pledge is a statement of principles indicating the nurses’ commitment to professionalism and patient care.

ADN Graduates

The 2016 Class of Associate Degree Nursing graduates include: (from left to right)
1st row: Mark Vincent Cadungog, Megan King, Mary Collins, Denea Harwood, Desiree Botello, Courtney Taylor, Ashly Blackwell and Michelle Springer.
2nd row: Walter Fernandez, Sarah Mauldin, Stephanie Lanham, Leigh Parrish, Lindsey Shoultes, Leah Barnhardt and Kimberly Brashear.
3rd row: Itzeny Soriano Ruiz, Holland Hardy, Stephanie McKethan, Malissa Hiott, Katie Whaley, Samantha Brown and Susana Hernandez.
4th row: Brandon Alexander, Amber Nash, Karly Byerly, Tracie Faircloth, AshLee Cox, Britany Wright and Brian Elms.
Not pictured: Samantha Newton and Alexis Morgan-Johnson.