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JCC Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony

Front row (l-r): Nakia R. Doldo, April R. Gonzales, Sierra M. Reed, Mikayla K. Lyttle, Maria A. DuBose, Heidi K. Moser, Kristina K. Taylor. Second row (l-r): Tyler J. Sorrell, Kristin E. Navarra, Angela M. Duque, Donielle A. Hall, Amber M. Lobdell, Amanda Janee-Sikel Whitson,Tara A. Fullam, Justin P. Farman. Back row (l-r): Brandy L. Vondell, Megan A. Ackland, Alexandra N. Desonier, Amber M. McCargar, Jamie L. Sylver, Rachel L. Wakefield. 

Jefferson Community College (JCC) held its annual Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the College’s nursing program on May 15, 2015 in the College’s Sturtz Theater. Twenty-one candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nursing were eligible to take part in this special program.

The “Pinning Ceremony” is a time-honored tradition at all institutions of higher education that offer degrees in nursing. The ceremony is symbolic of the transition from a student to entry into nursing as a profession. The pin is designed to be unique to each school of nursing. After being “pinned”, each student recites Florence Nightingale’s pledge.

During the Pinning Ceremony, JCC nursing students were honored for their outstanding achievements with the presentation of various awards.

The Debra R. Marsala Excellence in Nursing Award, bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates dedication, excellence and passion for the profession of nursing, was awarded to Alexandra N. Desonier of Fort Drum. 

The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Award, established to honor a senior nursing student who exemplifies excellence in caring and providing service to the sick, was awarded to Brandy L. Vondell, Sackets Harbor.                               

Mikayla K. Lyttle, Rodman, was the recipient of the Marion Brennon Personal Growth in Nursing Award, bestowed upon an individual who perseveres in the nursing program while overcoming many personal challenges along the way.

The North Country Professional Nurses Association District 6 Award, bestowed upon an individual who demonstrates commitment to the nursing profession and leadership in a professional organization, was awarded to Donielle A. Hall of Dexter.

Justin P. Farman, Watertown, was the recipient of the Samaritan Medical Center HEART Award which recognizes a student who consistently incorporates compassion and comfort measures during his/her care for patients.

The STAR Award in Memory of Dr. Walter S. Atkinson, bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated clinical and academic excellence and has consistently performed at the highest level, was awarded to Heidi K. Moser, Copenhagen.

Two nursing students recognized for being inducted into JCC’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the official international honor society for community colleges, are Tara A. Fullam of Harrisville and Amber M. Lobdell of Watertown.