2017 Cuesta College RN Pinning Ceremony


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what happiness is to you (audience applauding) – Congratulations nursing class of 2017. (audience applauding) Today we gather to celebrate
your accomplishment of becoming a nurse. Earning a nursing degree
and becoming a nurse requires much commitment and hard work. It’s an achievement worthy of great honor. Let’s reflect on the events
that got you here today. In October 2014 you
submitted your application to the Cuesta College Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program. You, and 210 other applicants. On February 13th, 2015, you received official notice
that you were selected to enter the Cuesta College RN program. You are a very bright group coming in with an average
prerequisite science GPA of 3.64, in microbiology, physiology and anatomy. Three of you are LBNs who
were given educational and work experience credit
to enter the program in the second semester. On June 1st, 2015, you
attended the mandatory incoming student orientation where you learned how to
prepare for the full time rigorous and demanding nursing program. On August 15th, 2015, you entered day one. Over the past two years,
you remained positive, focused, dedicated and determined to become the best RNs possible. And that brings up to today. Friday, May 19th, 2017. The day we gather for
your pinning ceremony. Each of you have grown
intellectually, professionally, personally along the way. You have completed the 470
theory hours in the classroom, and the 1053 clinical hours to qualify you to sit for
the national licensing exam to become employed as an RN. You have been educated in the
art and science of nursing, and along the way, have
learned how precious and unpredictable life can be. You have earned the trust
and been given the approval to be a nurse. By myself, and the very qualified nursing faculty behind you. As an RN, you will touch the
lives of patient you encounter, even during moments when you are unaware. Do this with the knowledge
and respect it commands. Practice with compassion,
promote wellness, demonstrate honesty and
integrity in all that you do. We welcome you, our
community, family and friends to one of the most incredible mile stones in each of these soon to be RNs’ lives. They have earned individual
grades in the nursing program, but they have not done it alone. Everyone in this room has helped them. We would like to take a moment
to thank each one of you. Without all of you, we
would not be graduating these 41 bright, caring, motivated and talented nursing students. Will the spouses, boyfriends
and significant others in the audience please stand? (audience applauding)
(audience cheering) We thank you for giving us your loved one for the duration of nursing school. They are eager to spend
special time with you and get to know you once again. (audience laughing) Will the parents,
grandparents please stand? (audience applauding) We thank you, and want you to know that your children and grandchildren appreciate all of the love and
support you have given them, be it financial, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to say, “We love you, “and we are very proud of
everything you are doing.” Will the children of these
graduates please stand? (audience applauding) Your Moms and Dads are back. (audience laughing) They’re back to hug you,
read books and walk with you, and this time without the guilt that they should be studying
for a test or a quiz. Will the aunts, uncles,
cousins, friends and neighbors please stand? (audience applauding) Your relatives and friends are back. They are eager to have
backyard conversations with you again. However, please be warned, that the sense of humor changes after one goes through two
years of nursing school. Will the administration and
management from our hospitals and healthcare agencies please stand? (audience applauding) Our nursing program receives
incredible support from you. We thank you for the
clinical opportunities, equipments and supplies
you consistently provide. We would not be the strong
program we are today without you. Will the nurses who have worked
with our nursing students please stand? (audience applauding) And actually, I want all nurses to stand. Not just the ones that are local, that maybe have worked with our students. Every nurse. (audience applauding) You are the nurses who
role modeled high standards and clinical reasoning for our students. You’ve guided and nurtured them through patient care scenarios, allowing them to become
independent and competent. You save lives everyday, you make a difference everyday. Our students’ goal is to
become a nurse just like you. There are many other people
we need to recognize and thank for helping to get these
nursing students here today. Claudia Ferriday, our
nursing program specialist, who is my right hand and the
backbone of our nursing office, along with Kathy Babs,
Sarah Twisselman, Brita Blue and Cassandra Vanzee. Thank them all. (audience applauding) Kelly Bartell, your clinical coordinator who worked behind the scenes to make sure that each one of you met the clinical requirements to be badged and allowed
into the hospital facilities every week. Adrienne Smith, our admissions analyst who processed your application and is helping me to submit
your nursing transcripts to the board of registered
nursing very soon. Gina Vriend, our nursing counselor, who advised the majority of you as you navigated your
prerequisites and nursing courses. I am now honored to introduce and welcome our dean of academic affairs, Dr. Jason Curtis to the podium. (audience applauding) – Well, good morning everyone, and thank you for joining us to celebrate this exciting moment in the lives of this year’s nursing program graduates. In particular, before I begin my remarks, I’d like to thank you colleagues from the Cuesta College administration over in the green seats over there, who have joined us for
this morning’s ceremony. I’ll ask them each to stand
and please hold your applause until I have had the chance to
recognize all of the guests. Dr. Gilbert Stork, the
superintendent and president of Cuesta College. Dr. John Cascamo, dean of workforce and economic development. Madeline Medeiros, the
dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. Dr. Maria Escobedo, dean
of north county campuses, and south county centers. And Catherine Riedstra, the
dean of student services. Thank you all. (audience applauding) Most importantly, like Marsha, I also wanna take a moment
to recognize the family and friends of the graduates for all the support they
provided to these students over the past two years. So nurses are a critical
part of any health care team. We might easily argue they’re
the center of that team. This morning I wanna say
a few words about the team that makes this outstanding
program possible, beginning with some of the
valuable players outside the Cuesta organization. The nursing program depends heavily on our clinical partners in the community, who contribute resources
in the form of funding, space, time and talent. So thank you to all of the administrators and nurses at our local hospitals for giving these students the chance to hone their skills under
your expert guidance. Every year this team, with whom I’m fortunate to
share the platform today, produces highly skilled
and qualified graduates in accordance with our program goals. In particular, I’d like to recognize the excellent work done by
our director Marsha Scott, who continues to oversee this
program with grace and passion while juggling number of
additional tasks for other programs in nursing and allied health. I’d also like to express my appreciation for the work that Toni Torrey has done in her first year as the division chair. And, finally, I just need to
recognize the countless hours that this entire group of
faculty up here on the platform, whether they be newly hired, fully tenured or part-time clinical instructors has spent over the past year. Refining the curriculum, and
developing skills practice in simulation exercises that have brought these students in this point in their careers. It truly is a pleasure to
work with this respected and accomplished group. But the most important members of the team that makes this program our success are seated in the chairs in front of me. We know that just getting into our program requires huge amounts of
hard work and dedication, and each of these students
was already a success when they entered the program. However, over the past two years, they have redoubled their efforts, have supported and encouraged one another, and worked with the rest of the team to produce as fine a
group of nursing graduates as will be produced anywhere
in the state this year. They sit here before us
ready to take the next steps in their nursing careers, and we’re so excited to
see what they do next. Now, sometimes you’re part
of a team for whom things are going so well that you dare not mention
the run that you’re on. You keep your head down
and you keep working hard, and continue to dream
that the run can continue. That’s essentially the place
where we find ourselves today. This team, our team, is on an unprecedented run of success with respect to our
pass rates on the NCLEX. The national boards that
these students must complete over the next few months
as part of their licensure. I would say more, but
I don’t dare jinx it. And that leads me to my final
message for these graduates. Go forward with a quiet confidence that you’re the products
of a strong program that has had fantastic outcomes for years. You have all the tools
and knowledge needed to pass the NCLEX, and when you start your first position as a registered nurse, there will be even more to learn in those first few months on the floor. But you have the preparation and ability. Be open to the possibility
of further education, whether through our new
partnership with CSU Monterey Bay that allows our graduates to earn their Bachelor Of Science
In Nursing locally within one year, or another program that
fits your individual needs. And we hope that somewhere down the line, some of you will come back to Cuesta as clinical instructors,
full-time faculty, or maybe even director. We are proud to have you as graduates of the Cuesta nursing program, and we are confident that will excel as nurses in our community. (audience applauding) – Our RN program is
graduating its 48th class of nurses this year, and has earned a solid
reputation as one of the best nursing programs
in the state and nation. As Dr. Curtis alluded to, our graduates have passed their RN licensing exam with a stellar 100 percent
first time test taking pass rate for the past three years. Our graduates consistently
receive evaluations of excellence from our health care
agencies who employ them. We would not be this
strong without the support of our college administration,
nursing faculty, pre requisite faculty,
division and college staff and everyone else in this room today. With that said, I’m gonna have
the faculty behind me stand. (audience applauding) These faculty have been
dedicated to help you become extraordinary nurses that care and think through every patient care situation that comes your way. They are proud of you. I know you will have days
when you think of them and thank them for the
education they have given you. Of note, we have an empty
chair amongst our faculty. Karen Randolph, our beloved clinical
nurse faculty and friend left us in the fall. She taught these students,
touched their hearts and will live forever in
the nurses that they become. I wasn’t gonna lose it. At this time, I would to
introduce our faculty speaker, Linda Harris. Linda has been a nurse for 44 years, and a pillar of Cuesta
College nursing program for 19 years. She teaches both in the
first and second year of the program, and is an inspiration of
organization, time management, prioritization and high
standards for our students. (audience applauding) – Good morning. I am very honored to have been selected to speak to you, nursing class of 2017, representing the nursing faculty here at Cuesta College. Thank you. I remember well your first day of your nursing school experience some two years ago. You were eager to learn,
but a bit nervous. From that nervous beginning to today, I, along with the other nursing faculty, began a subtle but profound
process of enbedding ourselves in you. What do I mean by this? To embed, is to cause
to be an integral part of a surrounding whole. You see, for us as nursing faculty, it’s not enough to simply educate you. Our interest has been in fostering you into the greater whole of
what it means to be a nurse. This is not an easy process. It started with wide eyed acceptance of everything we said, and then quickly transitioned
to countless questions, test challenges, and frustrations. Those dark days and early
mornings of care planning, and endless clinical research were seen as some sort of
Machiavellian right of passage. We asked you to trust us. You were weary. We persisted. That right of passage gave
way to new challenges. We asked more of you think like a nurse. You were unsure. Again, we asked you to trust us. We could see you evolving
and discovering who you are as a nurse. You shared your stories, you
heard our voices in your head. Your nursing values began to solidify as we asked you to take ownership and accountability for your practice. You became the nurse. What is embedded in you
is our hopes and dreams for the future of our profession. You carry in you the
ability to transport us into that future. Not just as mirrors of
what you have learned here, but embedded with a nursing consciousness that goes beyond anyone
of us as an individual. You are our legacy. What we didn’t realize is
that while we were busy embedding in you, you embedded in us. We have been changed by you. Your questions and challenges
informed our teaching. You offered us insights and perspectives we had not considered. We listened. We bore witness to your
successes and failures, your persistence and strength, and we were humbled. We shared both great sadness, and on a day like today, great joy. We carry you forward with us to the next generations of students. Together, we are entwined and embedded in the greater whole of nursing. We are no longer student and instructor, but nursing colleagues. We could not ask for
any greater culmination of our efforts. So, on behalf on the nursing faculty, congratulations class of 2017. (audience applauding) – Representing the class of 2017 to share the perspective of nursing school from the student viewpoint will be Taylor Tucker,
and Dustin Cartagena. First up is Taylor Tucker. (audience applauding)
(audience cheering) – Welcome, and thank you for being here to witness the last chapter
of nursing school close and the next chapter of our lives begin. I know that a lot of
our audience has either gone to nursing school, is planning to go to nursing school or could seriously sit for the boards, ’cause you’ve lived with someone who’s gone to nursing school. (audience laughing) As many of you guys know, nursing school is no joke, and the graduating class of 2017, it’s been an absolute rollercoaster. Not like those cutie rollercoasters that just go around in circles. Not those. I’m talking about the rollercoaster that comes off the track, goes flying in through the air, lands in the pacific ocean, keeps spinning out of control
into the Bermuda triangle, manages somehow to get itself out of the Bermuda triangle. Then, we MacGyver our way out, launch ourselves back to shore, and cross the finish line together. These students I stand here
representing did all that. In fact, in two short years, together we’ve welcomed numerous babies, we’ve lost a mother, a brother, a mother in law, and an instructor. We felt sorrow, happiness, numbness, elation and
occasionally some relief. We have felt humbled, and been impressed. We have been missed, we have felt guilty, exhausted and more. But in the end, we are here, and we are what success looks like. There are not enough words
to express our gratitude to those of you who supported
us, held us, quizzed us, stayed up late studying with us, ate ramen noodles with us. (audience laughing) Searched the couch for
pennies just to buy milk. Stood in line at the welfare office just so we could borrow
a pen to do our homework. Those of you who took
your shirts off your backs so that we could practice
listening to lung sounds, and those of you who taught us and showed up everyday
even though we prayed that they would call in sick. (audience laughing) So we could have one more day to study. We are becoming nurses to help people, to save lives, to be
involved in our community. Well, we have saved lives. In fact, one of our
students, my co president, did in fact save a life this year. Yesterday in the mail I received a heart saver hero award for Nicole Cusco, who successfully did CPR on a person, and the American Heart Association recognizes anyone who has done CPR and successfully saved a life. (audience applauding) And while I know you
prefer to be a silent hero, I felt necessary to share
with the world that CPR works and saves lives. If I may tell a brief story about one of our instructors that we hold close. I consider this instructor a mentor, and this past November I
found myself telling her all about nursing school, and how difficult it was. She said nothing. I told her about the exam I took and how I studied until my brain hurt. She remained silent. I began to cry when I told her about a patient I took care of, and how they were dying. Still, she said nothing. I told her about the things
that made me laugh about school, and each of my classmates and how we play a part
in each other’s lives. Again, not a sound, but I knew she was listening, because I saw her eyes well up with tears. It was then that I realized
all of these things were teaching me and my
classmates how to be a nurse. And as we raced against
time to reunite her with her family, to live out what would
be about 48 more hours, I wiped the tears from her eyes. I squeezed her hand and I told her this. Karen Randolph, you helped
teach us how to be nurses. You showed us by example what
it means to have compassion, humility, humor, understanding, love and how to honor not only the living, but the dying and the dead. I urge my classmates to become the legacy that Karen lived everyday. And at the beginning of each day, please say to yourself, “I’m Karen” so that her memory, her
work, her legacy lives on. I am Karen. – [Female Graduate] I am Karen. – [Female Graduate] I am Karen. – [Female Graduate] I am Karen. – [Male Graduate] I am Karen. – [Male Graduate] I am Karen. – [Female Graduate] I am Karen. – [Female Graduate] I’m Karen. – [Female Graduate] I’m Karen. – [Male Graduate] I’m Karen. – [Male Graduate] I am Karen. – [Female Graduate] I’m Karen. – [Taylor] Thank you. (audience applauding) – Okay, Karen would say breathe, and we probably need a joke about now. (laughs) The next student speaker
is Dustin Cartagena. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) – Good morning. Today we want to celebrate
not only our achievement of completing nursing school, but we also want to celebrate
the unwavering efforts of the individuals who
have been instrumental to our success stories. Let me share with you how my mom inspired, mentored and
supported my journey of becoming a nurse. When I was six years old, my mom worked as a public health nurse in a rural city in the Philippines. Though I did not understand
what exactly she did, I understood and remember
the patients’ expressions of gratitude and appreciation in my mom’s fulfillment of helping people. My mom also served as my mentor, and perhaps the most important
lesson I learned from her was that nursing is profession
of service and compassion. She believed that
compassion enables the nurse to serve and care for people
at their most vulnerable and weakest state. Lastly, my mom was my biggest supporter. My mom talked about my achievements to practically everyone she knew. I did not need Facebook, but she updated everyone
about what I was doing. (audience laughing) She was proudest of my smallest
and biggest achievements, and considered nursing school as my biggest achievement to date. So, when I lost my mom last
year to her battle with cancer in the middle of this nursing program, I hesitated continuing to become a nurse. I lost my inspiration, I lost my teacher, and I lost my biggest supporter. Many thoughts came through my head. Emotions overwhelmed me, until I remembered at four in the morning, a week before she passed in
the emergency room she told me, I am not ready just yet, because I want to see you graduate and do well in nursing school. Unknowing of what was to
happen the week after, I made a promise to do
well in nursing school and to graduate nursing school. Today, I stand on this stage
as a promise fulfilled. A success story because of
my mom, my family and friends who have aided me through this long and difficult journey. With that being said, I am only one of the 41 success stories that we are celebrating today. At this point, I would like to
ask my classmates to stand up to face their family and
friends in the audience, and let’s all give them
a round of applause. (audience applauding) Thank you, you may be seated. Words or gestures cannot
describe our gratitude for molding and mending
us to who we are today. I would also like to thank Cuesta College, administration, faculty and staff and all the clinical facilities for our nursing education and preparing us to
become registered nurses. In closing, I say to all
of our family and friends be proud not only of us, but yourselves, because you have made us the
success stories we are today. Thank you. (audience applauding) – Okay. The class of 2017 has created a slideshow of meaningful memories
representing their two years in the nursing program. We invite you to sit back and experience a small portion of what it takes in the classroom and clinical setting to become a nurse. (“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang) ♫ Yahoo ♫ Celebration ♫ Yahoo ♫ This is your celebration ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ There’s a party goin’ on right here ♫ A celebration to last
throughout the years ♫ So bring your good times
and your laughter too ♫ We gonna celebrate your party with you ♫ Come on now, celebration ♫ Let’s all celebrate and have a good time ♫ Celebration ♫ We gonna celebrate and have a good time ♫ It’s time to come together ♫ It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure ♫ Everyone around the world come on ♫ Yahoo ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Yahoo ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ There’s a party goin’ on right here ♫ A dedication to last
throughout the years ♫ So bring your good times
and your laughter too ♫ We gonna celebrate and party with you ♫ Come on now, celebration ♫ Let’s all celebrate and
have a good time, yeah yeah ♫ Celebration ♫ We gonna celebrate and have a good time ♫ It’s time to come together ♫ It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure ♫ Everyone around the world come on ♫ Yahoo ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Yahoo ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate come on now ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right, baby ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Celebration ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ We’re gonna have a good time tonight ♫ Celebration ♫ Let’s celebrate, it’s all right ♫ Yahoo ♫ Yahoo ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ It’s a celebration ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ Come on and celebrate tonight ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ ‘Cause everything’s gonna
be alright, let’s celebrate ♫ Celebrate good times, come on ♫ Let’s celebrate ♫ Celebrate good times, come on (“Best Day of My Life”
by American Authors) ♫ I had a dream so big and loud ♫ I jumped so high I touched the clouds ♫ Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh ♫ I stretched my hands out to the sky ♫ We danced with monsters
through the night ♫ Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh ♫ I’m never gonna look back ♫ Woah, never gonna give it up ♫ No, please don’t wake me now ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife ♫ I howled at the moon with friends ♫ And then the sun came crashing in ♫ Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh ♫ But all the possibilities ♫ No limits just epiphanies ♫ Wo-o-o-o-o-oh, wo-o-o-o-o-oh ♫ I’m never gonna look back ♫ Woah, never gonna give it up ♫ No, just don’t wake me now ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife ♫ I hear it calling outside my window ♫ I feel it in my soul ♫ Soul ♫ The stars were burning so bright ♫ The sun was out ’til midnight ♫ I say we lose control ♫ Control ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife ♫ This is gonna be, this is
gonna be, this is gonna be ♫ The best day of my life ♫ Everything is looking
up, everybody up now ♫ This is gonna be the best day of my life ♫ My li-i-i-i-i-ife (“Good Riddance (Time Of
Your Life)” by Green Day) ♫ Another turning point,
a fork stuck in the road ♫ Time grabs you by the
wrist, directs you where to go ♫ So make the best of this
test, and don’t ask why ♫ It’s not a question, but
a lesson learned in time ♫ It’s something unpredictable,
but in the end is right ♫ I hope you had the time of your life ♫ So take the photographs,
and still frames in your mind ♫ Hang it on a shelf in
good health and good time ♫ Tattoos of memories
and dead skin on trial ♫ For what it’s worth it
was worth all the while ♫ It’s something unpredictable,
but in the end is right ♫ I hope you had the time of your life (audience applauding) (audience applauding) (audience applauding) ♫ It’s something unpredictable,
but in the end is right ♫ I hope you had the time of your life ♫ It’s something unpredictable,
but in the end is right ♫ I hope you had the time of your life (“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion) ♫ For all those times you stood by me ♫ For all the truth that you made me see ♫ For all the joy you brought to my life ♫ For all the wrong that you made right ♫ For every dream you made come true ♫ For all the love I found in you ♫ I’ll be forever thankful baby ♫ You’re the one who held me up ♫ Never let me fall ♫ You’re the one who saw
me through through it all ♫ You were my strength when I was weak ♫ You were my voice when I couldn’t speak ♫ You were my eyes when I couldn’t see ♫ You saw the best there was in me ♫ Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach ♫ You gave me faith ’cause you believed ♫ I’m everything I am ♫ Because you loved me ♫ You gave me wings and made me fly ♫ You touched my hand
I could touch the sky ♫ I lost my faith, you gave it back to me ♫ You said no star was out of reach ♫ You stood by me and I stood tall ♫ I had your love I had it all ♫ I’m grateful for each day you gave me ♫ Maybe I don’t know that much ♫ But I know this much is true ♫ I was blessed because I was loved by you ♫ You were my strength when I was weak ♫ You were my voice when I couldn’t speak ♫ You were my eyes when I couldn’t see ♫ You saw the best there was in me ♫ Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach ♫ You gave me faith ’cause you believed ♫ I’m everything I am ♫ Because you loved me ♫ You were always there for me ♫ The tender wind that carried me ♫ A light in the dark shining
your love into my life ♫ You’ve been my inspiration ♫ Through the lies you were the truth ♫ My world is a better
place because of you ♫ You were my strength when I was weak ♫ You were my voice when I couldn’t speak ♫ You were my eyes when I couldn’t see ♫ You saw the best there was in me ♫ Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach ♫ You gave me faith ’cause you believed ♫ I’m everything I am ♫ Because you loved me ♫ You were my strength when I was weak ♫ You were my voice when I couldn’t speak ♫ You were my eyes when I couldn’t see ♫ You saw the best there was in me ♫ Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach ♫ You gave me faith ’cause you believed ♫ I’m everything I am ♫ Because you loved me ♫ I’m everything I am ♫ Because you loved me (audience applauding) – Okay. Today each graduate will
walk proudly across the stage and receive a white satin
nursing stole and nursing pin. The white satin nursing
stole has green embroidery that elegantly displays RN
Class of 2017 on the left sash, accompanied by the name
Cuesta College on the right. White is traditionally known
as the universal symbol that characterizes humanity,
knowledge, comfort, hygiene and caring, that infuses the work
and spirit of nursing. The nursing pin is a
time honored tradition that signifies the nursing
student’s official passage into the nursing profession. The history of pinning can be
traced back to the crusades of the 12th Century, when knights and monks who
tended to injured and sick were given a cross. And to Florence Nightingale, who was considered the founder of nursing, and was awarded a red cross in recognition for her
service to injured soldiers during the Crimean War. As we get ready to present
the graduating class with their satin stoles and nursing pins, please know that this is a
photo opportunity for you, their family members. We welcome you to come quietly
to the front of the stage to be able to take a
photo of your student, so right up front here. However, the class will receive their pins in alphabetical order, so you can anticipate when they’re coming. Once your graduate has
walked across the stage, we kindly want you to return to your seat and make way for the next
paparazzi to come in. (audience laughing) Okay. Awarding the white satin
stoles will be faculty members, Toni Torrey and Monica Millard. (audience applauding) Calling names will be
faculty member Rick Staley. (audience applauding) And placing the nursing
pin on each student’s stole will be Kif Mills. (audience applauding) In addition to the pins and the stoles, we have two certificates that these graduates will be receiving. Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham
has given us certificates to pass out, and Diane Burkey will be giving
them, those certificates, and Ursula Bishop, our
RN success specialist will be giving each
student their certificate of nursing course completion. – [Rick] Betsy Lee Bettencourt. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Joel Briones. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Ericka Sue Brown. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) – [Man] Way to go, Ericka! – [Rick] Patricia Lee Burr. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Holly Leigha Bushey. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Dustin Cartagena. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Julie Dravinski. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Alison Edwards. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Stephen Edi. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Angela Christine Fichtner. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Erin Forbush. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) – [Woman] Wait wait, wait wait wait. – [Alex] Evan Frey. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Treven Fry. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Lisa Hagedorn. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Jesse Harsh. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Ashley Danielle Hook. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Annabel Hutton. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Craig Jacobson. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Meliza Jones. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Katya Khotina. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Christine Louise Kisch. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Nicole Kusko. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Miles William LaMon. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Olivia Brenna Lovejoy. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Marissa Ann Mandgie. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Stacy Martinelli. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Maren Masterson. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Stephanie Rihanna McSween. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Andrew Miller. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Ofelia Montoya. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Katherine Nicole Moody. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Calandra Park. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Ariana Rickenbacker. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Greg Rumbaugh. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Julie Schneider. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Alison Scott. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Taylor Tucker. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Melissa Diane Ward. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Lisa Whetsler. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) (horn honking) (audience laughing) Carleen Wire. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) – We are rapidly approaching the time when we release these student nurses into our nursing profession. We would like to do this in a manner that honors and includes
our nursing community. We ask all the nurses
here today to come forward and make two pathways on
each side of the white chairs for these nursing students to walk through as they exit the ceremony. Transitioning them from
the world of nursing to graduate nurse in the newest members of our profession. Okay, so the nurses come
down and make two rows on each side of the white chairs. It’ll be a pathway or a tunnel for the nursing students to go under when they exit. (background noise drowns out dialogue) Okay, are we ready? All nurses in place. Okay. Think they’re ready. Okay. Nursing class of 2017, please stand and face forward to look at your nursing faculty and thank them one last time from the eyes of a nursing student. – [Students] Thank you. – The nursing faculty and I
would like to say this to you. It has been our pleasure
to watch you learn and accomplish things that
you once thought impossible. You have gained the
assertiveness and confidence to perform one of the most
noble professions in the world. Nursing. We are proud to welcome
you into our profession. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) And I do have to side step for one moment and take a dual role because not only am I the director of all of these very, very proud and wonderful nursing students, but one of them is my daughter. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) So I am welcoming my own daughter into the nursing profession today. Okay, we’re back on script. The faculty will now place themselves at the front of the pathway
you will be exiting through to symbolize your bridge
from student nurse to nursing community. You are entering a profession
where coworkers become family, you will develop unshakeable
trust and friendships that will last a lifetime
with your fellow nurses. Embrace this. Okay. Okay, class of 2017, now turn and face the audience. (audience cheering)
(audience applauding) Distinguished guests of our community, I am proud an honored to present you the nursing class of 2017. Class dismissed. (audience cheering)
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