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HENDERSON — A virtual pinning ceremony was held using Zoom, on Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m., for the Vance-Granville Community College associate degree nursing class of 2020.
The family and friends of the 43 graduates were sent a link to the Zoom session so that they could watch the pinning ceremony, which opened with welcoming reflections from Levy Brown, VGCC vice president; Anna Seaman, associate degree nursing program head; and Henrry Rebollar-Miguel, class president.
Seaman noted that 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and that no one could have imagined what this year would actually mean for nursing. She noted that these graduates would soon put on their superhero costumes and enter into the workforce.
Jamie Davis, nursing instructor, presented cords to students who participated in the VGCC Student Nurses Association, which is a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association.
Maggie King-Harris, VGCC Nursing instructor, recognized those students graduating with honors (a GPA of 3.5 or higher). Those recognized include Reuben Aluoch; Jessica Baker; Susan Carr; Michelle Harris-Evans; and Stephanie Parham.
Raine Tucker-Smith was recognized as the graduate with the highest GPA in the class.
Brande McILroy shared the story of the VGCC Nursing Pin and graduates were then handed their pin virtually by Dr. Seaman. As each graduate received their pin, they shared where they planned to work; their plans for continuing their education; and their appreciation to family, friends, and faculty for their support during their time in school.
After receiving their pins, the graduates recited the Nursing Pledge (written by Beverly Hansen O’Malley) with Vanessa Ramseur, nursing instructor. Ugur Celimli, nursing instructor, presented the class as official graduates of the associate degree nursing class of 2020.
The graduates and their hometowns are
Henderson — Bridget Eaton, Cassidy Ivey, Cayla Ranes.
Oxford — Tammie Davis, Taneisha Jordan, Erica Thorpe, Hannah Tuck.
Creedmoor — Eunice Ayaa, Caliegh Katz.
Louisburg — Brittany Sullivan, Shanika Upchurch.
Rolesville — Raine Tucker-Smith.
Zebulon — Joshua Miller.
Raleigh — Aniekan Akpan, Reuben Aluoch, Elizabeth Kenney, Dennis Mutisya, Andrew Zambrano.
Durham — Charles Ngeve, Annah Ongeri, Abigail Rodriguez, Solange Tant, Hser Tha.
Franklinton — Henrry Reboccar-Miguel.
Holly Springs — Irene Solomon.
Apex — Rebekah Speed.
Wake Forest — Jessica Baker, Christopher Ellis, Anne Onsomu.
Macon — Tracey Brown.
Bullock — Brittany Buchanan.
Rougemont — Susan Carr, Branice Chogo, Cherrie Satterfield.
Hollister — Tiara Daniel.
Youngsville — Patrisha Ferrick, Michelle Harris-Evans, Sheniqua Pruden, Wyverta Rawls.
Kittrell — Diedre Joyner, Stephanie Parham, Rachel Spall.
Norlina — Chiatyra Turner.