Pinning Ceremony Held for Graduating Nurses

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Nursing graduates pictured left to right, row one: Mercedes Ly (Albemarle), Jonah Lee Valdez (Charlotte), Lashara Singletary (Charlotte),
La Vonda Tabron (Concord), Anna Mault (China Grove), Jennie Copeland (Wadesboro), Kennedy Blalock (Albemarle), Brianna Taylor (Concord), Elizabeth Huneycutt (Albemarle), Lyndsey House (Salisbury), and Kiersten Spurrier (Peachland).

Row two: Laura Nolan-Bader (Gastonia), Brittany Brooks (Locust), Heather Griffin (Wingate), Kimberly Griffin (Unionville),
Miranda Geise (Marshville), Elizabeth Meyer (Matthews), Hayli Holmes (Albemarle), Madeline Watson (New London), and Elizabeth Peele (Locust).

Row three: Lachandra Means (Charlotte), Megan Mabry (Oakboro), Monica Wampler (Concord), Ross Lippard (Matthews),
Holly Little (New London), Teresa Fowler (Stanfield), and Lauren Raker (Midland).

Row four:Melanie Nash (Norwood), Colby Edwards (Locust), Kayla Gosselin (Concord), Jeffrey Cunningham (Wingate), Melissa Eddins (Albemarle), Christon Farr (Stanfield), and Courtney Martin (Charlotte).


Students from the Annie Ruth Kelley Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Stanly Community College (SCC) held their annual pinning ceremony at the Providence Church of God in Locust, on May 7, 2019.

Pastor Jerry Ingle gave invocation to begin the ceremony, followed by Colby Edwards, ADN graduate, who introduced Dr. John Enamait, President of Stanly Community College who welcomed the guests. Chassity Washburn, MSN, RN, CNE, as the Director of Nursing at SCC, introduced the Nursing Class of 2019. Hayli Holmes, ADN graduate, introduced the guest speaker for the ceremony, Ms. Deann Welke, RN, MSN, CCRN, who is an ICU Nurse at Atrium-Northeast in Concord. Ms. Welke has worked part-time with the nursing program as a clinical instructor for the last eight years. Nursing instructors Jan Almond, Angela Hamby, and Kayla Huneycutt, presented the students with awards; and Missy Lemmonds explained the blessing of hands.

Family and friends watched as 35 graduates received their nurse’s pin from Instructors Dr. Blair Whitley and Chassity Washburn. 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 summer.

Instructor Wanda Huneycutt, MSN, RN, 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. Jeffrey Cunningham, ADN graduate, gave the closing prayer.

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.