CAC nursing students pinned on Dec. 3

The class of 2015.

Twenty-seven Central Arizona College students were recognized for completing the college’s nursing program during the 51st Nursing Division Pinning Ceremony held at the Signal Peak Campus on Dec. 3.

The pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition of nursing schools across the country, signifies a student’s completion of one of the most challenging curricula offered in higher education.

After a warm welcome by Director of Nursing Tina Berry, the graduates were then addressed by Wendy Britt, Professor of Nursing. She summarized the importance of nurses, quoting Dr. Seuss, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”
Once the graduates received their pins, class speaker Dee Dee Long addressed her fellow graduates. She shared an overview of the experiences the class had during their time in nursing school and explained that the students completed 720 clinical hours.

Additionally, awards were given to a select few graduates. Ms. Long was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award, Rebecca Andrus earned the program’s Leadership Award and Katarina Della Cioppa was presented with the Outstanding Clinician Award.

The evening concluded with a candle lighting ceremony and the graduates taking the Florence Nightingale Pledge. The pledge, an adaption of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath, was written in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit.

The following students received their pins during the ceremony and will receive an associate of applied science degree:
Taralyn Adakai
Rebecca Andrus
Theresa Berger
Cara Bingham
Debbie Birt
Tabitha Blixt
Nicole Block
Sandra Bonillas
Jacklyn Busby
Katarina Della Cioppa
Amanda Fallis
Pamela Gertz
Dominic Jansson
Brienna Johnson
Heather Jones
Dee Dee Long
Miranda Lucero
Hayley McCleve
Ximena Montes
Benjamin Pero
Allison Poe
Pamala Rodriguez
Blair Sepulveda
Jacinta Spence
Jessica Todd
AuDrea Watson
Michelle Wilkie

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