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Summer and Fall Nursing Graduates Honored during Pinning Ceremony

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Released on December 17, 2019

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – As family and friends cheered them on, more than 50 students celebrated their completion of John Tyler Community College’s nursing program. Tyler’s newest nurses were honored during the college’s fall Nursing Pinning Ceremony held December 13, 2019, at Tyler’s Chester Campus. During the event, Ai Garner, a Tyler nursing alumna who is now a psychiatric intake nurse at Chippenham Hospital’s emergency room, delivered the keynote address. After welcoming her new colleagues, Garner spoke about her journey to become a nurse and what she learned during and after her time at Tyler. She also offered the new graduates some advice. “My hope is that you really thrive as a nurse,” she said. To do so, she suggested they remember three letters: TLC, which stand for teamwork, learning, and caring. Garner said to be successful, nurses must always remember they are part of a team; they must always be curious and willing to keep learning; and they must care for themselves in addition to caring for their patients. 

After the keynote address, the nursing graduate candidates were called to the stage to be recognized. They include (zip codes appear next to name):

Fall 2019 Nursing Graduate Candidates

Bridgette Alexander (23974)
Richard Bride (23842)
Xavier Bryant (23805)
Megan Chapple (23219)
Victoria Cogle (23834)
Julianne Costello (23238)
Lula Cross (23223)
Christina Curtis (23834)
Candice Dodd (23831)
Isaiah Ellis (23809)
Rebecca Evatt (23831)
Jennie Font (23831)
Andrea Ford (23224)
Millicent Gichuru (23832)
Stephanie Gilmer (23002)
Jalyn Hammond (23235)
Genevieve Haskell (23114)
Erika Hetrick (23236)
Alexandra Houghton (23225)
Samantha Huff (23112)
Sarah Johnson (23113)
Elaine Keller (23235)
Samantha Kennedy (23139)
Amanda Kessler (23831)
Arlene Kidd (23225)
Leland Langley (23225)
Mary Lowe (23834)
Darling Luna (23832)
Kathryn Lunsford (23002)
Victoria Mitchell (23112)
Rebecca Newman (23229)
Courtney Sargent (23024)
Samantha Seay (23237)
Jaclyn Shaffer (23113)
Jacob Shaw (23114)
Julia Simons (23220)
Bryce Sizemore (23836)
Holly Sturdevant (23832)
Amy Terrel (23002)
Christina Thompson (23237)
Ashley Throckmorton (23139)
Jordan Urban (23114)
Victoria VanSant (23836)
Devon Wallace (23231)
Kathryn Way (23832)
Adrienne Wilson (23225)
Madeline Wright (23139)
Shannon Wright (23840)
Marion Young (23824)

Summer 2019 Nursing Graduates

Charisse Berlack (23150)
Charlene Somis (96797)
Charita Warren (23831)

Pinning dates back to the 1880s. The pin, given to graduate candidates, symbolizes the school of nursing where the students earned their clinical experience, achieved academic credentials and began their socialization into the profession. The ceremony marks the completion of that rigorous training and is often viewed with the same importance as commencement. 

John Tyler Community College offers more than 75 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,000 students during the 2018-19 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.

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