Spring 2021 Nurse Pinning Ceremony Live-Streamed
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Spring 2021 Nurse Pinning Ceremony Live-Streamed

Published: May 28, 2021

Jefferson Community College's (JCC) annual Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the College’s nursing program was streamed live on May 26, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thirty-seven (37) candidates for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nursing were eligible to take part in this special program. The nurse pinning ceremony is available on the College’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SUNYJefferson

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 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 Keyawnna Stroud, 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 Allison L. Howard, Brownville. 

Jonathan M. Pitts, Watertown, received the Marion Brennan Personal Growth in Nursing Award, bestowed upon a student who perseveres in the nursing program while overcoming personal challenges along the way.

Taylor Toronto, 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. Toronto also earned her associate in applied science degree in individual studies from JCC. 

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 Sarah M. Lockwood, Cape Vincent.

Alyssa Cox, Calcium, a freshman nursing student, received the Bill and Kate McBride Family Nursing Award bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies merit in education, hard work, and self-sufficiency, values upheld by the McBride family.  

Spring 2021 Nursing Graduates 

Paige Danielle Garcia

Black River
Nickaela A. LaJoie
Lesley Anne Wood

Allison Lee Howard
Sherin Washburn

Cape Vincent
Sarah M. Lockwood

Madison Marie Comins

Michayla Ann Millard

Misty Dawn Slomski

Evans Mills
Jodie Lynn Ewing
Jungrim Fritts
Monica Lee Simpson

Fort Drum
Sheena Lana Harmon
Tammy L. Hyden
Kelsea Nicole Libby
Kathy Schneider
Rachel Lynn Seegmiller
Keyawnna Stroud

Kyleigh Marie Storozow

Cierra RaeAnne McGrath

Makayla Ann Hull
Alicia Ann Knight
Kaylee E. Nortz

Pierrepont Manor
Justin Marino

Melissa Sue Reyes

Casey Allen Happy

Rebekah Liane Chavez
Jenna Jae Hibbard
Sarah Elizabeth Lovely
Justina Ann Neddo
Jonathan Matthew Pitts
Tara Lyn Buckingham Roshia
Taylor Toronto
Kristyn Noel Yaklich


Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Amelia Kathleen Summers

Clarksville, Tennessee
Daysha Hope Clodfelter Smith



Story by:

Pamela Dixon

Additional Information:

Public Relations Department, Jefferson Community College, (315) 786-2392, Email Public Relations

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