WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College held its Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 11, at the John A. Walker Community Center.
Those graduates who have achieved the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing are: Patra Smith Barber, Wilkesboro; Traci Leigh Bare, Millers Creek; Roger Martinez Chavez Jr., Sparta; Megan Faith Hamby Colvard, Boone; Felicia Nicole Conklin, Sparta; Brittany Danielle Conley, Elkin; Lakin McCree Cranfill, Yadkinville; Emily Taven Flanagan, West Jefferson; Lucy Alejandra Frausto, North Wilkesboro; Amber Nichole Harrold, North Wilkesboro; Ashley Annette Hobson, Boonville; Shanna LeAnn Holt, North Wilkesboro; Katie Lynn Huffman, Ronda; Aubrey James Key, Denver; Viviana Valerio Lopez, North Wilkesboro; Brittany Dawn Mason, Ronda; Jennifer Suzanne Murphy, West Jefferson; Hunter Allen Oxentine, Boomer; Sarah Lawrence Rhodes, Ronda; Jonathan Charles Rhodes II, North Wilkesboro; Theresa Eldreth Richardson, Jefferson; Cassidy Tomlinson Shepherd, Wilkesboro; Sarah Elizabeth Shepherd, Millers Creek; Kelli Hayes Vidales, Roaring River; Mindy Marie Wagoner, West Jefferson; and Jessica Lynn Wiles, Glade Valley.
Faculty members Jane Adams, Valerie Bailey, Marcy Bryan, Brenda Howell, Leanne Odle, Emily Orr, Jayne Phipps-Boger, Pamela Rhoades, Leanne Sidden, Amy Walsh, Laura Walsh and Melissa Wyatt taught the graduates in the classroom and clinical settings.
The evening began with pianist Marty Franklin giving the prelude and graduate Theresa Richardson delivering the invocation. Dr. Jeff Cox, president of WCC, welcomed everyone, and Margaret McMahan, a retired Master’s-prepared registered nurse, offered opening comments. McMahan has been a mentor to countless nurses over the years in educational and leadership roles. Emily Orr, director of Nursing, presented the graduates; Valerie Bailey, nursing instructor, presented the pins; and Pamela Rhoades presented the lamps. The Beacon Ensemble sang “The Nurses’ Anthem.” Graduate Patra Barber followed with the graduate comments.
Orr recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge as instructors Jayne Phipps-Boger and Laura Walsh lit the graduates’ candles. The evening concluded with graduate Katie Huffman offering the benediction and Ms. Franklin playing the postlude.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.