23 future nurses celebrated at CAC’s nursing pinning ceremony

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Twenty-three Central Arizona College students were celebrated and recognized for completing the college's nursing program, one of the most challenging curricula offered in higher education.

The program's 48th Nursing Division Graduating Class was confirmed during the Spring 2014 Nursing Convocation Ceremony held at the Signal Peak Campus on May 9.

After a warm welcome given by CAC Dean of Health Careers Julian Easter, CAC President Doris Helmich and Director of Nursing Tina Berry, the graduates received their pins, a time-honored tradition of nursing schools across the country, signifying a student's completion of the program.

The graduates were addressed by Wendy Britt, CAC's professor of nursing, who emphasized the importance of determination during the myriad of twists and turns their lives will take.

"Things worth doing seldom come easy," she said. "There will be good days and there will be bad days. There will be times you want to turn around, pack it up and call it quits. Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself and are not afraid to learn by trying. Persist, because with an idea, determination and the right tools you can do great things."

Once the graduates received their pins, class speaker Kathryn Prendergast (Alexandria, Ky.) addressed her fellow graduates.

"We've completed what we thought was nearly impossible and we did it together," she said.

Additionally, numerous awards were given to a select few graduates. Amie McDaniel (Tucson/Sahuaro HS) was recognized with the Outstanding Academician Award for having graduated with the highest grade point average, while Pamela Brown (Worcester, Mass./Doherty Memorial HS) earned the program's Outstanding Clinician Award. Damon Denio (Hughson, Calif./Hughson HS)
also earned the program's Leadership Award for his community service.

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 23 students received their pins during the ceremony and will receive an associate of applied science degree:

Daisy Aragon (Casa Grande/Casa Grande Union HS)
Lisa Arrington (Conway, Ark.)
Kimberly Brinton (Creencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim HS)
Pamela Brown
Damon Denio
Sarah Denny (Mesa)
Vinessa Elsirgeny (Casa Grande/Casa Grande Union HS)
Stephanie Espitia (Holbrook)
Robert Gage (Troutdale, Ore./Reynolds HS)
Jolene Halona (Bountiful, Utah/Viewmont HS)
Deanna Hanna (Poway, Calif/Poway HS)
Sabrina Martinez (Mesa/Red Mountain HS)
Amie McDaniel
Jacquleen Papa (Shirley, Mass.)
Jason Patrick (Cypress, Calif./Gahr HS)
Kathryn Prendergast
Sasha Ramirez (Florence/Florence HS)
Myranda Redden (Gilbert)
Jamie Samuels (San Tan Valley)
Greg Schumacher (Mesa/Mountain View HS)
Patricia Stimbert (Mesa/Mesa HS)
Vargas Ramses (Casa Grande/Casa Grande Union)
Shirley Wood (Norfolk, Va./Granby HS)

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