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Students Honored for Completing John Tyler Community College’s Nursing Program

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Released on December 19, 2017

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – With family and friends cheering them on, more than 40 John Tyler Community College students celebrated their completion of the Nursing Program during the college’s Fall 2017 Nursing Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony was held December 14, 2017 at the Nicholas Center on the Chester Campus. In her address to the students, Dr. Terri Clinger, professor of nursing at Tyler, encouraged students to continuously build on their educations and skills and to become role models of excellence. “Nursing is a lifelong journey,” she said. “Your education at John Tyler Community College is only a first step. We provided you with a strong foundation, and it’s now up to you to continue.” Tyler nursing alumna Michelle Hayes, who currently works at CJW Medical Center, shared her personal journey and offered insights into what she has learned so far. Hayes advised her new peers to keep learning, to expect challenges, to never give up, and to one day pay it forward by mentoring those who are new nurses. 

The 43 nursing graduate candidates recognized during the ceremony were (zip codes appear next to name):
Courtney Abbott (23113)
Erika Alexander (23223)
Ashley Barrios (23116)
Lea Beasley (23233)
Rachel Bennett (23832)
Mary Church (19134)
Jessica Cooke (23234)
Jennifer Corbin (23060)
Tiffany Costa (23221)
Hayley Creasy (23113)
Sheina David (23226)
Ashley Elkins (23236)
Natalie Evans (23112)
George Fernandez (23235)
Jessie Gallier (23831)
Crystal Gomes (23223)
Mallory Gray (23236)
Allessa Green (23885)
Savanna Hartbarger (23832)
Caitlyn Hastings (23235)
Rachel Holder (23831)
Rachel Johnson (23235)
Megan Jordan (23238)
Jillian Laurent (23838)
Megan Lewallen (23234)
Ashley Miles (23139)
Maureen Mitchell (23832)
Candace Moncayo (23112)
Sarah Ray (23112)
Mekella Reid (23002)
Sharon Ruffin-Harris (23224)
Shawna Singleton (23237)
Emily Sirotta (23842)
Julia Springer (23838)
Phyllicia Stevens (23059)
Sydney Stinson (23139)
Desiree Taylor (23233)
Patricia Veatch (23113)
Jesslyn Walker (23832)
Sarah Waller (23832)
Bruce Weaver (23225)
Mariashley Wiglesworth (23838)
Emily Zinn (23838)

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, celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to Central Virginia, is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers affordable, quality programs for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,900 students during the 2016-17 academic year, offers more than 60 majors, including associate degrees and certificates. The institution also serves more than 9,400 learners annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

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