Central Texas College (CTC) recently held a pinning ceremony for student in the associate degree of nursing (ADN) program. Nearly 40 students received their nursing pins symbolizing passage from student nurse to a practicing nurse. Guest speaker for the event was Kaylar Griffin, RN, MSN and CTC nursing professor.
Several students were recognized as honor graduates. Graduating with highest honors for maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.8 was Stephanie Starnes. Honor graduates (grade point average of at least 3.5) were Chioma Akwitti, Hannah Jurekovic-Byrd, Fallon Cunningham, Alice Denton, Ji Hyeon, Ryu and Linda Perez.
The ceremony concluded with the traditional candle lighting procession which serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and now symbolizes a nurses’ dedication to caring for patients.
CTC nursing graduates were:
Chioma Akwitti Rachelle Madden
Jamie Allen Jennifer Mattson
Vanessa Belcher Ariel McCreary
Megan Blakely Micah McWilliams
Wendy Brewer Nina Mora
Brandi Buitron Monica Morton
Chanell Crapper Dakwatua Okujagu
Fallon Cunningham Julie Pearce
Christina Dellroso Linda Perez
Alice Denton Katie Puryear
Christa Edmond Debra Robison
Amy Ester Ji Hyeon Ryu
Joann Grimes Heather Shannon
Beverly Heck-Kieltyka Apiffany Spears
Brenda Hernandez Stephanie Starnes
Rene Houchin Tiffaney Story
Kerrie Ike Dawuta Tobin
Hannah Jurekovic-Byrd Mikii Vandenboomen
Wanda Lewis Amanda Ziemendorf
The CTC Associate Degree in Nursing program constitutes 71-credit hours and is a pre-licensure program enabling graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. It also prepares students for professional practice in a variety of healthcare professions. It includes classroom and clinical experience and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. CTC also offers a nursing option for licensed vocational nursing, paramedic to registered nurse and vocational nurse programs.