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June 15, 2024 12:00 am

Wayne Community College Nursing Graduates pinned at ceremony

GOLDSBORO — Wayne Community College’s next class of registered nurses was welcomed into the nursing profession at a formal pinning ceremony, joining the ranks of over 2,200 WCC nursing alumni.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) graduates each received a pin, scroll, and rose presented to them by faculty members. The pins were designed by the first graduates of WCC’s ADN program in 1973.

“They have worked diligently to earn the title of ‘nurse.’ With this title comes a multitude of responsibilities and privileges,” said WCC Nursing Instructor Bryan Johnson.

The ceremony included the lighting of lamps and a recitation of the Florence Nightingale pledge. Female graduates wore the traditional nurse’s cap designed exclusively for WCC’s ADN program, and the black stripe on the cap and on male graduates’ sleeves signifies that of a registered nurse.

The 38 graduates, listed by city of residence, are:

Albertson
Stephanie Vega

Chinquapin
Sarah Apthorp

Clayton
Harley Whitley

Farmville
Taylor Vick

Fremont
Haley Martin

Fuquay-Varina
Ashlyn Barbour

Garner
Esmeralda Nasadia Jurado

Goldsboro
Scout Anderson Garrett
Brittany Battle
Shauntwaina Best
Lindsay Briggs
Chloe Cooke
Susan Hicks
Darilyn Lancaster
Melissa Lewis
Janna Matthews
Jennifer Ocampo-Trejo
Madelyn See
Emily Siniavsky
Abigail Southerly
Maria Vang
Angie Williams

Kinston
Lexus Dixon

Middlesex
Brandy Davis

Nashville
Halie Turinsky

Pikeville
Anna Bartlett
Corie Linton
Matt Pennington

Seven Springs
Maria Garcia-Rangel
Shannon Hobbs
Nicole Pitts
Pricila Velasquez

Snow Hill
Jordan Barrow

Stantonsburg
Neleh Bottoms

Willow Spring
Madison Reid

Wilson
MiChaeyla McIver

Winterville
Hailee Marshall
Brittany McNair

Cooke, ADN class president, spoke during the ceremony about the knowledge and confidence she and her classmates gained throughout the program. “The past two years have been filled with hard work, dedication, and mostly sacrifice,” she said. “I am grateful for the friendships and memories we all share along with the encouragement and support we gave each other.”

Three graduates who excelled academically and clinically throughout the program were awarded during the ceremony by WCC nursing faculty. They were presented with a monetary gift donated by the Foundation of WCC.

The Theoretical Excellence Award was presented to Siniavsky. who achieved the highest academic standard in the ADN program. She was recognized for her desire for knowledge and drive for accomplishment. “Since the beginning of the nursing program, this recipient has displayed solid commitment to learning, going above and beyond to achieve and maintain high scores,” Johnson said during the award presentation.

The Clinical Excellence Award was given to Barrow. It acknowledges the graduate who has demonstrated excellence in the clinical aspect of the nursing curriculum. Faculty members said that Barrow is a great team leader who advocates for patients, ensuring they receive the best care possible.

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes the individual who attained high standards in both the theoretical and clinical components of the ADN program. Ocampo-Trejo received this award, chosen by faculty for achieving excellent grades in the classroom while consistently performing well in the lab and clinical components of the program.

WCC’s limited-entry ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Graduates must take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to practice as a registered nurse.

Learn more about the ADN program requirements on the College’s website.