Members of the 10th graduating class of Northeastern Technical College's practical nursing program were formally "pinned" and recognized at a ceremony honoring the 14 graduates.
Dr. James C. Williamson, president of NETC, praised the nursing graduates for their hard work and determination. "We at Northeastern Technical College are proud of your accomplishments. We wish you much success as you begin your nursing career," he said.
Others speaking at the ceremony were Mindy Parker, president of the 2003 class, and Shirlean Johnson, a registered nurse and 1996 graduate of NETC's practical nursing program.
Three graduates were recognized with special awards during the ceremony. The Jean L. Harris Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance was presented to Patricia Thompson. Mindy Parker and Gina Zdunczyk both received the NETC Award for Practical Nursing Academic Excellence.
Each graduate received a nursing pin, worn as part of the nurse's uniform, along with a symbolic lamp representing the nursing profession. The pin and lamp are the traditional symbols of completion of a nursing education program.
After the presentation, the graduates recited the Nightingale Pledge and were formally presented to the audience by Sandra Barbour, vice president for instruction.
The following graduates received pins and lamps during the ceremony CyKeitha Ellerbe, Antoinette Ellerbe, Candace Jenkins, Demetrius McBride, Somer McFarland, Arlicia Moore, Richard Moore, Mindy Parker, Christy Perkins, Patrice Pino, Lindsey Teal, Patricia Thompson, Robyn Walden and Gina Zdunczyk.