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Mount Wachusett Community College Congratulates 2020 Practical Nursing Class with Pinning Ceremony

Twenty-nine students ready to join the fight against COVID-19

Mount Wachusett Community College honored the Practical Nursing class of 2020 with a virtual pinning presentation on December 21, 2020.

The pinning ceremony is a traditional event for graduating nursing students dating back to the 1800’s and represents the official welcome of the graduates to the nursing profession by peers and instructors.

“I am really excited to be able to offer my congratulations to all of you. As we’ve gone through this year, probably the most difficult year any of us had, either in school or professionally, you have maintained a focus that is really admirable,” shared James Vander Hooven, President of Mount Wachusett Community College. “You have been able to complete a program that you put your heart into and you’re going to go out and do great things for our community. I want to thank each and every one of you for the effort you have put in, and for doing it here with us at the Mount. On behalf of everyone at MWCC congratulations, and best wishes for a fruitful and rewarding career.”

Dr. Kimberly Shea, DNP, RN, Director of Nursing told students “I am so proud of you for the hurdles you have all gone through, from postponing clinicals, to transitioning to online learning, you rose to the occasion and will carry the resiliency skills you have learned through your careers.”

“We come from different countries, upbringings, and backgrounds, but we all have similar goals. We are all striving to be more. Each of us is here to accomplish the same thing, to become an extraordinary nurse,” noted student speaker, Caitlin Aubin.

The 29 new Practical Nurses ready to serve our communities are:

Angela Amoah, Worcester
Caitlin Aubin, Gardner – Student Speaker
Mackenzie Bailey, Leominster
Rylie Faulkner, Gardner
Fayola Fryer, Fitchburg
Lindsey Healy, Winchendon
Jamie Howson, Townsend
Hamid Kasule, Billerica
Payengcha Lee, Fitchburg
Brianna Lewis, Littleton
Marcilia Lyman, Orange
Zoeth Magembe, Leominster
Danielle Mujjumbi, Worcester
Kizito Ronald Mwesigwa, Worcester
Ruth Charity Njaaga, Worcester
Brittany Noonan, Westminster
Diana Okongo, Leominster
Amanda Parra, Leominster
Trisha Race, Winchendon
Tracey Redkey, Westminster
Ashley Shaw, Orange
Jessy Silvera, Fitchburg
Mysti Stone, Baldwinville
Dianna Szabo, Fitchburg
Sarah Townsend, Leominster
Eric Weeks-Paige, Fitchburg
Cheyenne Whittemore, Townsend
Sophy Yim, Dracut
Esther Young, Lunenburg