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Members of Mount Wachusett Community College’s associate degree nursing class of 2017 celebrate after taking the nursing pledge following their pinning ceremony at the Fitness and Wellness Center at MWCC.

Family and friends from as near as Gardner and as far away as Kenya came to celebrate the achievements of Mount Wachusett Community College’s associate degree nursing class during a traditional pinning ceremony held May 18 in the Fitness & Wellness center.

The 44th graduating class was comprised of 102 students enrolled in the day and evening programs and included LPNs who returned to continue their education through the college’s Bridge to Nursing program.

Dressed in traditional nurse uniforms, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member. The pin marks where the nurses completed their studies and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words “Service to Humanity and the World.”

As part of the ceremony, the students also took a nursing pledge that dates back to Florence Nightingale, who distinguished herself during the Crimean War by coming to the aid of sick and wounded soldiers.

The graduates were:

Ashburnham

Cassandra Benes

Lisa St John

 

Athol

Aurora Erali

Jessi Kuehl

Sarah Rattet

 

Auburn

Shawn Bello

Megan York

 

Ayer

Andrea Inostroza

Heather Sinofsky

 

Baldwinville

Tiffany Barsamian

Kayla Boutell

 

Brookfield

Sara Gallant

Meghan Robidoux

 

Cherry Valley

Stacy Riel-Rigiero

 

Clinton

Colleen Hannen

Erin O’Connell

 

Dracut

Shelmith Karimi

David Mungai

 

Dudley

Stacy Stackrow

 

Fitchburg

Nanam Adwubi

Allesandra Hollenkamp

Ashley McKinnon

Sharon Nabulime

Deanna Rossi

Amy Shattuck

Stefan Sicard

 

Framingham

Simone de Souza

Hanna Gyamfi

 

Gardner

Kristin Anderson

Benjamin Blake

Megan Casteel

Ashley Comley

Cynthia Cormier

Elizabeth Crete

Britnii Dyer

Acacia Fisher

Shannon Kelley

Charles Njaaga

Julia Pitre

Lani Scanlan

Kristina Snay

Amy Tervo

 

Grafton

Megan McNeil

 

Greenfield, NH

Andrea Langley

 

Groton

Stephanie Casey

 

Holden

Carolyn Felicio

 

Jaffrey, NH

Amanda Boucher

Rebecca Myott

Paula Whitcomb

 

Keene, NH

Ryan Firmin

 

Leominster

Samantha Berry

Elizabeth Brown

Lisa Doherty

Anna Gamaya

Felicia Harwood

Jocelyn Klein

Julie LeClair

Maysha Peckham

Veronica Valladares

 

Lowell

Beth Mwangi

Mamawa Sannoh

 

Lunenburg

Szerena Moyen-vonRosenvinge

Jodi Peternel

Valerie Poladian

Mija Waluck

 

Marlborough

Brenda Warren

 

New Ipswich, NH

Clayton Kuusisto

 

North Brookfield

Mindy Gendron

Keri-Ann Harvey

 

Oakham

Elizabeth Mahoney

 

Orange

Lisa Korpiewski

 

Pepperell

Rachel Pinney

 

Petersham

Ryan Lawrence

 

Princeton

Christopher Martin

 

Richmond, NH

Margaret Laplume

 

Rindge, NH

Manzall Mitchell-Dwyer

Bridget Murphy

 

Royalston

Ashley Sawyer

 

Russell

Sherry Whitman

 

Rutland

Courtney Champlin

Katelyn Kane

Sabrina Pettigrew

 

Shrewsbury

Katie Cooper

 

Spencer

Shannon Wolanski

 

Springfield

James Mugwanja

 

Sterling

Valerie Maloney

Amanda Nourse

 

Sutton

Kristina Pelletier

 

Templeton

Katherine Goguen

 

West Groton

Karen D’Agostino

 

Winchendon

Ashley Brunt

Leslie Cosentino

 

Worcester

Aaron Aikins

Monica Boafo

Judith Hunter

Joseph Kum

Lydia London

Eliud Mwangi

John-Mark Njenga

Guerda Pierre

Marta Szczubelek

Shana Tobin

MWCC’s Dental Programs Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting program will be pinned.

Jacqueline Leblanc and Graduate Antonio Campagna

It was a vision in white as dozens of excited graduates were welcomed into the nursing profession during Mount Wachusett Community College’s 40th annual pinning ceremony, held in the college’s Fitness & Wellness Center on May 17.

The 124 graduates who made up the Nursing Class of 2013 include students enrolled in the day and evening associate degree programs, as well as licensed practical nurses who returned to MWCC in the bridge program to further their education to obtain licensure as registered nurses.

In addition to completing a rigorous academic program, many students in the class managed homes and families, worked full-time or part-time jobs, participated in meaningful service learning projects and performed a variety of community service activities.

President Daniel M. Asquino and Eileen Costello, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Community Service Programs, delivered welcoming remarks to the graduates and to the hundreds of family members and friends who came to celebrate with their graduates. Graduates Antonio Campagna and Jessica Parsons sang the National Anthem at the ceremony and received a standing ovation from the audience.

“This is a significant milestone,” President Asquino told the graduates, and encouraged them to “rejoice” in their achievement and remain committed to continuing their professional development in the years ahead.

MWCC Nursing Professor Jean Silberzweig delivered the keynote address, noting that a Gallop poll ranked nurses first for honesty and ethics among a number of professions.

“People trust nurses. We are perfect strangers to our patients. We are allowed to share in their most difficult or maybe the happiest time in their lives. They depend on us to know and do what is right.”

Guest Speaker Jean Silberzweig

Some of the graduates opted to wear the original customized MWCC nurse uniforms while others wore the traditional nurse scrubs, the students were welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a family member, friend, or an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member, to the cheers of family and friends. The pin symbolizes where the nurses completed their studies to become an RN and distinguishes them from other health care professionals. The eight-star MWCC pin is imprinted with the words “Service to Humanity and the World.”

As a finale to the ceremony, the students recited the nurses’ pledge, which that dates back to Florence Nightingale.

For more photos, visit MWCC’s Facebook page.

MWCC’s 40th Annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony will take place Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m. in the Fitness & Wellness Center. Students will be welcomed into the profession by having the program’s nursing pin fastened to their lapels by a fellow nurse, a family member, a friend, an alumnus of the program, or a faculty member.

 

MWCC’s Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony will take place Monday, May 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program and the first class of graduates from the new Dental Assisting program will be pinned. Freshmen will recite the Dental Hygiene Oath.