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John Tyler Community College Celebrates its Fall 2018 Nursing Graduates

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

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Released on December 17, 2018

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – With family and friends happily cheering them on, more than 50 John Tyler Community College students celebrated a milestone – their successful completion of the college’s nursing program. The students’ achievements were marked during the college’s fall Nursing Pinning Ceremony, held December 13, 2018, at Midlothian High School. Tyler’s Director of Nursing Tammy Colatruglio welcomed the students as her nursing peers and provided some advice. She encouraged the students to always “be authentic,” “listen without judgement,” and to remember nursing is more than a career. “Nursing is about the people we care for,” she said. During her keynote address, Ruth Bielke, MSN, RN, PCCN, with CJW Medical Center, encouraged the new graduates to explore and embrace the diversity found within the profession of nursing. “Nursing celebrates our differences,” she said, as she talked about how personal experiences and interests influence the specialty areas different nurses pursue. She challenged the new nurses to “be curious;” to always be willing to grow, evolve and continue their educations; and to never forget the importance of human connections.

The nursing graduates candidates recognized during the ceremony are (zip codes appear next to name):
Jessica Allen (23832)
Jennifer Ayotte (23112)
Ashlie Barker (23027)
Stephanie Bennett (23059)
Racheal Bergeron (23112)
Jenny Biringer (23112)
Robert Burrows (23111)
Jamie Carter (23831)
Rheshanna Coley (23831)
Joi Crawford (23112)
Beata Czarniak-Cruz (23113)
Andrew Davey (23120)
Kristen Davis (23102)
Melissa Dougher (23832)
Kamicia Fox (23223)
Emmalyn Fry (23803)
Alexia Garcia (23236)
Kaylee Garrett (23114)
Priscilla Gonzalez (23860)
Kathleen Goolsby (23235)
Jullian Gore III (23803)
Ebony Graves (23860)
Sierra Hauler (23838)
Sarah Henke (23225)
Elissa Humphrey (23114)
Karsyn Kivikko (23139)
Izabella Kovacs (23236)
Stacy Kozlowski (23832)
Janelle Lewis (23236)
Maria Madava (23112)
Olivia Mader (23111)
MaryGrace Mann (23831)
Claribel Marroquin (23832)
Mandy Martin (23831)
Maylin Martinez (23039)
Matthew Mumford (23834)
Ryan Murphy (23112)
Amy Murrell (23236)
Megan Nelson (23112)
Kelli Nowland (23112)
Jung Park (23233)
Jessica Payne (23841)
Danielle Phillips-Skiba (23831)
Emily Ragland (23226)
Jessica Reams (23139)
Michelle Reierson (23831)
James Swierenga (23229)
Joanna Stephens (23060)
Alyssa Sturtevant (23059)
Brandon Tolbert (23224)
Elise Tran (23114)
Rachael Unger (23225)
Amy Warner (23237)
Torie Watson (23236)
Sarah Whetstone (23113)

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 60 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, a Nursing Education Center, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,300 students during the 2017-18 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance. 

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