PVCC 2018 Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

PVCC 2018 Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony


(mellow instrumental music) – Welcome to this year’s 2018 Nursing Pinning Ceremony, which appropriately falls
during the Week of the Nurse. I also wanna mention, (audience and speaker
clapping and cheering) I also wanna mention that
you are the 44th class of student nurses at Piedmont
Virginia Community College to be pinned. Way to go. (audience clapping and cheering) I’m Karen Bloomfield, the interim Program
Director of Nursing, and I wanna congratulate
our student nurses, their families, partners,
and long time supporters on reaching this moment. Professional educational
programs are unique in that the goal is
very clear and specific. As a singer, Drake writes, sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot
about your destination. (audience clapping,
cheering, and laughing) I think this quote
fits the process of becoming a nurse quite well. You’ve worked long
and hard to be here. You’ve taken
prerequisite classes, bitten your nails waiting for
that admission letter to come, and provided care to many
people with varying diagnosis, and made numerous
sacrifices in the short run to achieve your goal of
becoming a professional nurse. To the family and
friends in the audience, you have been long time
supporters of these students. Your contributions and
sacrifices have been many in helping them to
meet their goals. You definitely deserve
a round of applause. (audience cheering and clapping) Piedmont Virginia
Community College nurses are the backbone of
nursing in our community. As you leave us at Piedmont, I want to let you know that we are proud of
your accomplishments and wish you great
success in the future. I wanna introduce the PVCC
administration and faculty who have worked with our
students along the way. Please stand as I
announce your name. Our President, Dr.
Frank Friedman. (audience clapping) Our Vice President and
Student Instruction, Dr. John Donnelly. (audience clapping) Our Dean of Health and Life
Sciences, Dr. Jean Chappell. (audience clapping) Our speaker, Dr. Sylvia Dowling. (audience clapping) – [Tameka] It’s Tameka. – Tameka Dowling, excuse me. (audience laughs) Our esteemed guest,
Laura Skinner. (audience claps) Oh my dear, (clears throat) and Faculty, Sarah Read (audience clapping) Our Compliance
Officer Elise Walsh. (audience clapping) Our wonderful student
extraordinaire worker, Sophia Keniston. (audience clapping and laughing) Faculty, Lorraine Collins. (audience clapping and cheering) Faculty Member, Theresa Rase. (audience clapping and cheering) Silvia Dowell, from
the Foundation. (audience clapping)
(Karen sighs) Faculty, Pam Salisbury-Smith. (audience clapping and cheering) Faculty, Natasha Woodard. (audience clapping and cheering) Faculty, Buki Akinola. (audience clapping and cheering) Faculty, Kristie Sjordal. (audience claps and cheers)
(faculty laughs) Faculty, Sheila Adldoost. (audience clapping) Faculty, Jane Anderson. (audience clapping) Faculty, Wendy Diment. (audience cheering and clapping) Faculty, Heather Wood. (audience cheers and claps)
Davis. Davis, I said. (audience laughs) Oh, God. Faculty,
(faculty laughs) Irene Aghahowa, (audience clapping and cheering) and Faculty, Charemon Brooks. (audience cheering and clapping) Okay. – Good afternoon. On behalf of the College Board
and the faculty and staff of Piedmont Virginia
Community College, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to today’s pinning ceremony
for the class of 2018. I’ve got all these
formal remarks, and yet this is a very
energetic, exciting, I can see you’re ready to party. These folks were down here dancin’ away.
(audience laughs) Did ya like that formal
Pomp and Circumstance to which we came in? (audience laughs) You should party. You should celebrate. Do y’all know what tomorrow is? – [Audience] Florence
Nightingale’s birthday. – Oh, they’re good. (audience laughs and claps) That was supposed to
be a trick question. Tomorrow’s Mother’s Day. Well, not tomorrow,
Sunday is Mother’s Day, but tomorrow, is
the 198th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the
founder of modern nursing, and as Karen said, this
week, May 6 to May 12, every year, ending on Florence
Nightingale’s birthday, is National Nurses’ Week. This is when we
celebrate, we salute, the three and a half million
nurses in the United States. What an appropriate time
for these 77 students to graduate from
PVCC and join over 1,800 other PVCC nursing grads working in hospitals,
doctors’ offices, throughout the nation, although most of them, right
here in Central Virginia. During this Nurses’ Week,
I also want to salute the outstanding nurses
comprising the PVCC
nursing faculty. They’ve been introduced,
but I’m gonna ask you to give them one big
round of applause. (audience clapping and cheering) I want to congratulate
each and every graduate, and of course, the
family members. We’re so glad that you are here. Each of you, each
of our graduates, has your own personal story
about overcoming barriers, academic, personal, financial, to achieve this goal and claim your piece of the
American dream. My favorite part of
pinning each year is the reading of the
graduates’ dedications, which we’ll have
in a few minutes. We will hear stories
of long hours of study, time spent away from families, stories of love,
encouragement, and support, without which, these graduates
might not be here today. Graduates, you inspire me. Your success is our
College’s success. We succeed only when you do. I wanna leave you
with one thought. You’ve come through an
extremely rigorous program. I know you’ve acquired
the knowledge, the skills, to do
your job effectively, but your job as a
nurse takes more than just knowledge and skill. Never forget, you will
be dealing with people. People who are sick, people
who are probably scared. No matter how many
patients you see in a day, no matter how many days
in a row you’ve worked, no matter how many years
you’ve worked as a nurse, each patient needs
your full attention, your caring and your compassion. Each patient needs
to feel that they are the most important patient
you’ve ever worked with. As Maya Angelou put it,
they may forget your name, but they will never forget
how you made them feel. So graduates, on behalf
of the College Board, and our faculty and staff, I welcome you to the
nursing profession. Congratulations and good luck.
(audience cheers and claps) – We will now wait for
listening to Lara Richards, our day speaker, who will
speak for the day class. (audience clapping and cheering) – I am not a public speaker. (audience and speaker laughs) That’s what I said to the person who nominated me for this honor, but to quote a song from
Heather’s favorite movie, what is the point of life,
if Risk is just a board game? After all, many of you took
risks to get where you are. Some of you quit your jobs, sacrificed countless hours
with family and friends, declined other opportunities, all while not knowing
where this path would lead. Yet, two years
later, here we are. Our journey has
been challenging. To quote Robert Tew, the
struggle you’re in today, is developing the strength
you need for tomorrow. Through it all, we
have persevered. We relied on each
other to pull us along, when the days were difficult,
and found the strength within ourselves to carry on. We called upon family and
friends that are here today, to listen to our cries
and frustrations. And where will we be
without our instructors? We sought sanctuary
in their offices, where they listened patiently to our complaints
and our doubts, and offered words
of encouragement. And today, we all come together to celebrate this
tremendous accomplishment. The struggles you
have all endured have indeed given you the
strength you need for tomorrow. The men and women who
sit here before me are some of the
strongest, smartest, and most dedicated
people I know. In a few short weeks,
they will begin their new careers
as registered nurses working in specialties such as Cardiology,
Neurology, Pediatrics, Bariatrics, Oncology,
and Maternity. They will work in
hospitals, doctors’ offices, schools and community
outreach centers. They have dreams of
becoming nurse educators, flight nurses, and
nurse practitioners. They will deliver new
life into this world and hold the hands and
comfort those that leave it. They will do everything, from healing boo-boos
with band-aids, to saving countless lives with the skills and
knowledge they possess. As we all leave here today
to start a new journey, my wish is that you each
carry the valuable lessons our instructors would
want us to remember. As Jane says, (audience and Lara laughs) You don’t want a stable patient. If they’re stable, they’re
not moving toward wellness. (audience laughs) She’s right. We should always
be thinking of ways to improve the wellbeing
of everyone, every day. As Karen would say, be
the nurse you would want your family to have. This is also true. Be kind to your patient. Ask them how they’re feeling, and remember, don’t take
anything personally. When the days are long,
you’re tired, frustrated, and can’t wait until
the end of your shift, remember your patient
is someone’s child, parent, or sibling, and treat them with
the same respect and dignity you would want. I hope you are all as passionate about your careers as Theresa, an OB nurse of 30 or so years. She started when she was seven. (audience clapping and laughing) She often said the
day she didn’t cry after delivering a new
baby into the world, was the day she knew
she needed a new job. (audience laughs) And in the wise words of
Wendy, et cetera, et cetera. (audience laughing and clapping) She too, is right. (audience laughs) There are many examples
I could give you of the lessons taught
by our instructors, but I’m sure you all have
your own words of wisdom, you will carry with
you on your journey. No matter where your
future takes you, I hope you all hear
Irene or Kristina’s voice in your mind
asking you why, each time you
administer medication
or perform a procedure. Thank you to our instructors,
family, and friends, for helping us along
on this journey, and congratulations
Class of 2018. (audience clapping and cheering) – That was lovely,
Laura, thank you. And our speaker for the
evening class is Halima Walker. (audience clapping and cheering) – Alright, Lara, you set
the bar really, really high. (Halima and audience laugh) This is my first time
writing a speech, and as many of you know,
I like to run my mouth, but I was given a time
limit, and with good reason, so I’ll try to keep
this short and sweet. I wanna start off by
saying how proud I am to be a part of
this nursing class. You all are incredible people and I’m excited to see what
life has in store for you. I find it amazing
how so many of us completed nursing
school while working, while taking care
of our families, and just having
life happen to us. There’s a certain amount
of strength needed to weather nursing school, and I’ve watched so many
of you put on a smile while you were crying inside. I’ve watched many
of you navigate this difficult thing called
life with grace and finesse. I just want you to know that I found strength
in all of you, and that you helped
me to get through each day of this
nursing program. You guys have loved, supported, and helped me through some
very challenging times, and I appreciate all of you, and everything that
you’ve done for me. If you remember nothing
else from my speech, I want you to remember this, never forget why you
chose this profession. Each person’s reason for
becoming a nurse is personal. However, for many of us, there is the common theme
of helping our fellow man and dedicating our
life to serving others, that drove us to nursing. It is this very
drive that got us through Med Surgeon Forum. It is this drive
that got us through sleepless nights of paperwork, and it is this drive that
got us to this very moment. As we leave here
and switch our focus from school to the
upcoming NCLEX exam, remember just how
powerful you are, and how much you’ve
already accomplished. I know that each and every one
of you will be great nurses, and I just wanna encourage you to keep that same drive,
and that same passion, through this next
chapter of our lives. I would be remiss not to mention the amazing faculty
that have helped us actualize our dreams
of becoming nurses. Their tenacity and
dedication to our success is a great representation of
what great nurses look like. They didn’t just treat
us like their students. We were their patients. They took care of us, and
without their love and support, we would not be
sitting here today. So, to the faculty
here, I say thank you. Okay, (laughs) thank you for that.
(audience claps) Okay, enough of the
touchy-feely stuff. For anyone that
has had the benefit of having clinical with me,
you know just how clumsy I am. I mean, who actually
spills the bedside commode? (Halima and audience laughs) Well, walking up those stairs
to get across this stage, gave me the same type of
feeling I get each time I empty anyone’s
bedside commode. (Halima and audience laughs) I put this into
my speech because if I tripped on the way up, I would be able to address
it here and if I didn’t, then when I get up to
receive my pin and trip, you will have already
gotten your laughs out. (audience laughs) So, here’s that opportunity. I expect that no one will
laugh if I trip after this. All jokes aside, I’m glad
that I’ve had the opportunity to share these laughable
moments with you. I could not have chosen
a better group of people to change bedpans with than
you guys, so thank you. (audience clapping and laughing) I’m sure you guys
all have wonderful dinner plans for tonight, and you know I like to eat, so let’s move this thing along. (Halima and audience laughs) As you leave here, remember
why you chose nursing, and use that as a guide
through your career as a nurse. When you find
yourself challenged and in need of some motivation, reflect on that
initial driving factor. For me, it was my daughter. Watching her struggling
to stay alive, and watching the amazing
nurses that protected her, and gave her a chance at life, motivated me to become a nurse. And whatever that reason
was for you, hold onto that, and never forget, and
never lose sight of it. This profession we have chosen is not going to always be easy, so it’s important to have
the thing that grounds us in our greatest time of need. I wish you all the
best moving forward. Remember to reach
out to one another and encourage each other, and don’t look at
today as a goodbye, rather a see you later. (audience clapping and cheering) – Thank you for the
wise words, Halima. And I’m gonna
backtrack to our Dean, Dr. Jean Chappell,
for a few words. – I thought I dodged that
bullet, but I guess not. (audience laughs)
(Jean laughs) Whoops, On behalf of the
faculty and staff of the Division of
Health and Life Sciences, I too, would like
to welcome you. I tell ya though, that’s
a tough act to follow. Those were two
fantastic speeches. I’m really very impressed. This is truly a
day of celebration. I mean, you guys
have pinning now. In just a few short
hours, you’re gonna have this huge commencement
celebration, honoring the end
of this journey. And as many of you have
noted, it’s been a journey. I mean, it’s not been
easy for many of you. This is indeed a magical time, and there are many similar
celebrations across the country. Following these celebrations, millions of graduates
will enter the workplace in thousands of communities
across America just like ours. In fact, according to
the Department of Labor, there are over 16 million
healthcare-related employees in the United States. And as Dr. Friedman said,
over three million nurses. Of these, there are
approximately 86,000 RNs and LPNs in Virginia alone. You are each one of a mighty
force, so you should be proud. You likely have heard many times that nursing is one of the
most trusted professions. Perhaps you wondered
if this was really true or if maybe it was
just fake news, right? (audience laughs) Well, it’s true. I looked it up. Since 1976, Gallup
has polled Americans on the honesty and ethics
of various professions. Nursing was added in 1999, and has topped the
list ever since. Woohoo. This year nurses ranked,
and just to explain it, what that means, is
that out of 100 people, 82 of them said that nursing
was the most ethical, trusted, they would
put their faith in these individuals
above all others. To put this into
perspective, this 82%, military personnel were 71%, grade school teachers were 66%, and doctors are 65. Yeah, and nurses
are 82, awoohoo. (Jean laughs)
(audience claps and cheers) Yeah, you are very proudly
now one of this 82%. Interestingly now though,
if you think about it, you yourselves haven’t done
anything to garnish that, unless you’ve been
in the nursing field. The millions of nurses
that came before you are the ones that earned
that belief for you, through their ethical behavior. They paid it forward, and you are the beneficiary of
their kindness, their trust, the compassion,
and the worthiness that they have shown to others. So as you leave here today,
and go out into the workplace, remember that next
year Gallup’s poll, will have you in there, and next year’s graduates will be judged on what you
have done this next year. So, what do you think
that number is gonna be? I wonder if it’s gonna be
higher or lower or the same. I think after listening
(laughs) to the two speakers, Halima and Lara, it’s definitely gonna be
like 100%, absolutely. Your strength of
personality and character, your ethical behavior in the
face of challenging situations, and the kindness and
compassion that you show the most vulnerable
in our community, will be the true test that will make you that 100%,
part of that 100%. So in closing, I
would just like to add a word from Booker T.
Washington who said, few things help an
individual more than to place responsibility
upon him, and to let him know
that you trust him. As a graduate of PVCC,
we place our trust in you because you’ve earned it. Your responsible
behavior, your competence, and your kindness has
earned this trust. Congratulations again
on a very special day, and thank you
sincerely for allowing us to be a part of your
educational journey. (audience clapping) – And now for our keynote
speaker, Dr. Tamika Dowling. Charemon Brooks will
be introducing her. – Good afternoon and I take great pleasure in
announcing our speaker, who is a phenomenal
woman, Dr. Dowling. Dr. Dowling is an Assistant
Professor of Nursing at UVA, as well as the coordinator
of their RN to BSN Program. And as I know several of
you have been accepted into their program, so
woohoo, I’m proud of y’all. Dr. Dowling earned both
a BSN and her well, Baccalaureate of Science Degree and her Master’s Degree
from Hampton University, and she later went
on to earn her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from George Washington
University in 2016. She has had the privilege
of collaborating with several leaders
within the Virginia’s higher education community
to bring structure, standards and processes
that strengthen the core of higher education
and nursing programs. In addition to her
current role as Assistant Professor and Director
of the RN to BSN Program at UVA, she is also a member
of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing
Honor Society, and a counselor for
UVA’s Beta Kappa chapter, an advisory board member for the Virginia Board of Education, and a board member of the
Virginia League of Nursing, and she is actually
the current President of the Virginia League
Board of Nursing, Virginia League of Nursing. And so, I present to you, Dr. Tamika Towling. (audience claps) – Thank you. Thank you so much. I will say, I’m also very chatty, (audience laughs) I’m gonna restrain myself, because I know I
stand between you, the pins, and
lunch slash dinner, so I’m gonna, but this
is the first graduation that I felt like was a party. (audience laughs) We came out to theme music. That was so much different
than other programs that I’ve been to
their graduations, so I may come next year,
whether I’m invited or not, and just kinda sit
(audience laughs) to see what happens. This gentleman there,
in the blue shirt, he was gettin’ it in, (audience laughs) so I may just come
back next year. I really feel comfortable here. (Tamika and audience laughs) Alright, thank you to Piedmont
Virginia Community College’s School of Nursing
administration and faculty for inviting me to share
in this momentous occasion. I really appreciate and take
it as an honor to be here. None of us would be
here if it weren’t for the love, support,
and encouragement of our support systems. If it weren’t for your
family and friends, your children would
have gone to bed hungry, kinda messy, without
a hug or a kiss. Your pets would have
used your favorite shoes as their chew toy, or maybe
their personal potty. (laughs) While you were pursuing
your education, your spouses, significant
others, parents, were making sure that your
world continued to spin. They picked up the slack,
and for their hard work and unselfish love of
labor, their labor of love, I would like for us to
just give them a standing round of applause. (audience claps) Thank you, ’cause without them, there
would be no you, right? Pressing through the fears,
tears of joy and pain, sleepless nights, NCLEX-style questions, (audience laughs) care plans, (audience groans) those early clinical
rotations, (groans) led to exhaustion, and various other
challenges, right? Welcome to nursing. (laughs) But guess what? You made it. You’re still here. You’re still standing,
and with that, I want to say
congratulations to you, and let’s give them
a round of applause. (Tamika and audience
cheering and clapping) Alright, so as we celebrate
your accomplishment today, I want you to ponder
these thoughts. What impact will you make
on the nursing profession? How will you influence
the practice of nursing? What legacy will you
leave for future nurses? These are the same
thoughts that I had when I graduated from my
registered nursing program 21 years ago, from
Hampton University. (audience cheers) And I knew, Thank you. I knew upon graduation that I
wanted to work in Pediatrics, actually before, just
like many of you know which specialty
you feel called to. And I really believe
it’s a, you just feel, something inside of
you is drawing you to that particular
specialty area, but I also knew I wanted to, before my career was over,
work in nursing education. I wanted to educate nurses, and so, I had to look beyond what I wanted to do
right after graduation, and I’m asking you
to do the same thing. I want you to delve
deeper to discover what your lasting legacy would be, or will
be, for nursing. I know that’s odd to think
about your legacy now, as you’re starting your career, however, analyzing where you
want to be in the future, will help you navigate
the path of your career. Think of it as a GPS
system for your career. If you put in the location
of where you wanna be, you know, the navigation system, you say where you wanna
go, and then it gives you these directions or steps
of how to get there. It’s the same concept. So you, I’m challenging
you to think beyond today, after you party,
and do all of that, pass the NCLEX, but
even before the NCLEX, think about where you wanna be, so that you can line yourself up to progress to that location. So I’m going to impart to you how to build your
legacy for nursing. This is something that I
have been doing for years, and I continue to do
it, so I know it works. I didn’t get this Googling it
from the web, the Internet, and just come up here
to give you three steps. This is something
that I actually do, live, breathe, and sleep,
for myself, professionally. And because of that,
I can honestly say that if I walked away
from the profession today, I know that my legacy
is alive and well, and will continue to be secure
in the state of Virginia. So, building a legacy requires
that you start with a dream. You have to have a vision. What do you wanna be known for? What will you
contribute to nursing? See, my vision is to
increase diversity in the nursing workforce, by ensuring that registered nursing education
is accessible to all, regardless of your race,
your gender, your age, or socioeconomic status. (audience claps and cheers)
Thank you. No one, I believe no one,
should be turned away from becoming a
registered nurse, if they have the
intellect, the drive, or the compassion to
complete the training. As your peers have already
said, it is not for the weak. It is not an easy thing to
be a nursing student, right? And so, you guys
have survived that, and if someone has
that drive to do that, then I think that
they should be allowed the opportunity to do it. So after you determine
what your vision will be for your legacy, you must plan how you will
progress toward that vision. So you gotta plan, just
don’t let your career just happen all
willy-nilly, haphazard. You have to figure out what
steps you’re gonna take, and map it out, write it down, and have it somewhere
that you could always go back to it, to help
you stay on track. It may require working with a
particular patient population, networking, evaluating
job descriptions for the roles that
you’re interested in. Even if you know you don’t
have the experience right now, what is it that I need to do? See what you already have that goes toward
that job description, but then, what do I need to
do to secure that type of job? Looking at those things, joining
professional organizations that align with your vision. You have to be strategic. Again, it’s up to
you to drive the bus, to drive where
you’re trying to go. Don’t be the backseat
driver or the passenger. You have to be in
the driver’s seat. Once you have a
vision and a plan, you need opportunities to
learn, to grow, and to excel. You must be on the lookout for these open doors
for opportunities, or to these opportunities. When you don’t see that open
door, don’t get discouraged. It is imperative that you
are courageous and persistent to create an opportunity
for yourself. Hampton University, as she said, I graduated from there twice, and one of the things
that they instilled in me, was that it is my
obligation to create my own opportunity, if I don’t
have a predestined opening. It’s up to me to
create the opening, and so with that, I say to
you, create your own openings, if you don’t see
that door for you. It will take a
bonus that is vital in creating opportunities, but that also mandates that you have to
know who you are and what you bring to
the table of nursing, to be able to be that bold, to pretty much blaze
a trail for yourself. And as you excel, people
will notice your work, and from this, you
will be sought out for advancement and
for new opportunities. Be open to these
new opportunities, and don’t be afraid to
challenge the status quo. Building your legacy not
only requires the vision, the planning and opportunities, but more importantly,
it requires mentorship. You have to mentor others, and mentoring others
connects your vision, with those who have
similar aspirations. The goal of a legacy is
for it to live beyond you. It has to be able to
go and outlive you. It cannot spread like wildfire, if you don’t impart
it to others, and empower them to go forth. Establishing these partnerships will bring your
legacy to fruition. Don’t be afraid to
share your vision, your talents, and your
skills with others. Being a hoarder will get you far
as an individual, but not as a legacy-builder. So graduates, as you
start on your journey into this wonderful
world of nursing, keep your legacy vision close. Let it lead you to your
desired place in nursing. Your legacy should
authentically represent who you are and
what you stand for. Remember that being
a legacy-builder is not about promoting yourself, but having a positive
impact on communities, organizations, and the
nursing profession as a whole. As you work toward
securing your legacy, don’t forget to take
care of yourself. I’m sure you have
witnessed how it’s easy to take care of others, your
patients, your families, and everybody else around you, and then, you’re the one that’s suffering at
the end of the day. You cannot exist for a long
time in nursing that way. You will burn out very quickly. Take care of yourself, maintain
a healthy work-life balance, and most importantly,
enjoy the ride. Thank you for allowing
me to share in your day. (audience clapping) – Well, I think we just
got a recipe for life, for everybody (laughs)
(audience laughs) We are now gonna move on
to the pinning portion. So Sara Reed is going to read
the significance of the pin. (audience clapping) – Thank you. So the completion
of a college degree is something to
celebrate for sure, as you will, later, with your
peers from other disciplines, as you will probably
well into tonight, but this ceremony called pinning is something unique to nursing, and it’s something
that’s near and dear to our hearts as
nurse educators. So why a pin? In 1855, Queen Victoria
presented Florence Nightingale with a pin for her
service in Crimea. It contained the symbol
of the Maltese cross, and the words blessed
are the merciful. In 1880, the first
nursing pins awarded in the United States
were earned by graduates of Bellevue Hospital, School
of Nursing, in New York. Other schools of
nursing followed, each designing their
own unique pin. Before it was
socially acceptable for women to attend college, before nursing
established itself as an independent,
academic discipline, the pin represented the
knowledge, skill, and dedication of the new nurse
entering the profession. In 1974, the very
first graduating
nursing class of PVCC, chose the design for our pin. It contains the
emblem of the College encircled by a ring of gold
symbolizing worthiness, and green symbolizing life. No one knows what it’s like
to get through nursing school except for those of
us who have done it. It’s more than a degree. The pin means you have endured through so many
challenges and prevailed. The pin means you are ready
and able to enter a profession with a rich history
and an exciting future. The pin says, I am a PVCC nurse. Wear it with pride. (audience clapping) – Okay, now for the
presentation of the pins. Three faculty will be
presenting in succession, Lorraine Collins, Heather Davis, and myself. At the same time, Charemon Brooks, Irene Aghahowa and Wendy Diment will be reading the dedications that
these students wrote. – Aaron Bailey. (uplifting, ambient music) Thank you to my Mom and Dad,
to my nursing school friends, Leah, Haley, Blake,
Megan, Molly, and Winnie for keeping me sane, and to
Kelly, Kevin, Alex, and Nate, all of your support
is irreplaceable. (audience clapping) Latissa Banks. First, I would
like to thank God, without Him this
would not be possible. To my sons and my
Mom, thanks for making this sacrifice with me,
and I thank everyone for their prayers, words of
encouragement, and support. (audience clapping and cheering) Laura Barnes. I wanna praise my
Savior, Jesus Christ, for allowing me to
finish nursing school. Thank you to my family, friends,
and fellow nursing students for supporting and encouraging
me throughout the years. To God be the glory. (audience clapping) Gabrielle Barton. Mom and Dad, thank you for your relentless
love and encouragement. Grandma, you’re always my
greatest, loudest cheerleader. Tommy, thank you for
supporting all my endeavors, and Jim True, thank you for the
original inspiration
to pursue this thing. (audience clapping) Luv Berkley. (audience cheering) I dedicate this pin in
memory of Emily Chewning, and to my awesome
family and friends for all of their support, and for sticking by my
side through this journey. Each one of you helped me
make my dream a reality. (audience clapping) Molly Elizabeth Brennan. (audience cheering) My dreams of becoming a nurse
would not have been possible without the love
and constant support from my father, angel mother, brothers, and close
family and friends. I am blessed to have you. Thank you for everything. Love you all. (audience clapping) Elizabeth Renee Brooks. Thank you to my family,
friends, classmates, teachers, and special thanks to my
husband, Bobby and son, Shane for being there and supporting
me over the past two years. I could never have done
this without y’all. (audience clapping) Max Brooks. I wanna thank my
parents for being so supportive of my career, and also my
wonderful instructors who have supported me
throughout these past two years, and also my beautiful
girlfriend, Rasha, who helped motivate me
throughout these trials. (audience clapping) Brittny Brown. I would first like to thank God. Thank Karen Bloomfield for
the countless pep talks and words of encouragement. To my son Tyler, thanks
for your support. Not only did I do this for
myself, I did this for you. (audience clapping) Mallory Burns. Mom and Dad you
guys have been my biggest fans since day one. Chris, you believed in me more
than I believed in myself. I couldn’t have done it without the love and support
you have all shown. (audience clapping) Nicole Cabaniss. (audience cheering) Nursing school, what a journey. Without my daughters, I would
never have made it through. I dedicate this celebration
and moment to my daughters, Montana, Riley, Pipper,
Skyler, and Gemma, as well as my fellow nursing
school friends and instructors, you know who you are, who lifted me up
and encouraged me, and my parents and friends. Thank you all. (audience clapping) Lovely Cerico. Doing what you love is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. I’m forever grateful
and indebted to my parents, sister, and
fiance for all they have done in helping me achieve
this accomplishment. We finally did it. (audience clapping) Autumn Crawford. (audience cheering) I give God the glory for
giving me the strength to make it through this program. I need to thank my
mother, both my fathers, and my family and
friends for giving me help and patience
when I needed it. (audience clapping) Rob Cushman. I am so fortunate and
grateful for the support from God, my family,
and friends, and fiance. Your love and
understanding have been my greatest source of strength in attaining this achievement. Thank you and I love
you all so much. (audience cheering) Brittany Davis. (audience cheering) The best way out
is always through. Thanks to my family and friends for your unwavering
support and love. Special thanks to
Nathan for being my rock throughout this journey, and to Isaiah, thank you for being
my biggest fan. (audience clapping) Samantha Anne Deane. This is for my Mom who
wiped away my tears. This is for my Dad who fixed
my car a thousand times, so I could get to clinicals. This is for my donors who
helped make this all possible. Thanks. (audience clapping) Briana Michelle DeWitt. I would like to thank
my family and friends for giving me the
support, encouragement, and being patient with me,
as I accomplish my dreams. I also wanna give praise to God, for giving me the
wisdom, understanding, and strength to get through
the nursing program. (audience clapping) Victoria Donnelly. I dedicate my success to my Dad. You always pushed and
encouraged me to succeed. You had faith in me and never
doubted me for a second. You sacrifice so much for me
to reach my dreams. I love you. (audience clapping) Aburee Duggan. I am forever grateful, I am forever
thankful and grateful for my mother, Patricia Dugan, who moved 3,000 miles
away from her comfort zone to help me achieve this dream. I love you, Mom, and I don’t think I could
have done it without you. (audience clapping) Jessica Duke. I would like to dedicate
my nursing degree to my husband Buddy,
and my children, Madison, Jordan, Mason, Chase, Glen, and Mitchell. I could not have
succeeded in this journey without the love and
support from you all. (audience clapping and cheering) Kimberly Eckert. Thanks to my mom, dad, family, boyfriend,
friends, and peers. This has been a long, crazy
journey for all of us. I appreciate everything
everyone has done to help me along the way. I love you all. Julianna Elliot. (audience cheering) My gratitude goes to
those who got me here, my family, for guidance, my daughter, for inspiration, my sweet man, for support, and God, for His
never-failing love and grace. It’s been a blessing to
share this journey with you. Now, it’s on to
the next adventure. Christina Feggans-Langston. (audience cheering) I wish to dedicate
this accomplishment to my mother and father. Though they are not
here physically, I still feel their presence, their encouragement, their love. To my husband and my sons,
thanks for everything. Love you all so much. (audience clapping) (mellow, instrumental music) – Linda Grimes Thank you, Mom for your
unending love and support, and my sons, Jacob,
Adam, and Matthew. You have been my inspiration,
optimism, and comfort. Thank you Teresa, Catherine,
Madeline, and Anne for being my cheering
action, section. Without my dear friend,
Leah, I would not be here. To you, I am forever grateful. (audience clapping) Harold Hallock (audience cheering) I would like to thank my
parents, professors, and dogs for being extremely patient
during this process. (audience laughs) (audience clapping) Allison Hand. (audience cheering) I would like to dedicate
this pin to my family. I couldn’t have made it through without your love and support. (audience clapping) Raylene Harborth. (audience cheering) Thank you, John,
for loving me enough to never let me give up. Julia and Nikki my inspiration
every day in every way. To everyone that
pushed me through and made me laugh, even
when I didn’t want to. We did it. (audience clapping and cheering) Jessica Lean-Harlow It always seems impossible
until it’s done. Thank you to my future
husband, Daniel, family, friends, classmates,
professors, and coworkers, for all the love, support,
encouragement, and patience. Thank you for believing in me, when I didn’t believe in myself. (audience clapping) Emily Margaret Helm. I could not have
completed this journey without the constant
encouragement and support of my husband, parents,
sister, family, and friends. Most of all, my
appreciation goes to God, for leading me down this path,
and guiding me every step. (audience clapping and cheering) Shannon Hill. To my family, thank
you for your guidance, love, and support
throughout this journey. To Phillip, I wouldn’t
be where I am today without your encouragement
and patience. I love you all and appreciate
you being here today. (audience clapping) Carrie Hochstetler. I dedicate this pin
to God, my Father, who trains my arms for battle. My deepest gratitude
to my husband, Ryan. Thank you for your
unwavering love, patience, and encouragement,
and to my family, your patience and
support is irreplaceable. Thank you. (audience clapping) Logan Howey. To my family and friends, thank you for all of
your love and support through this
challenging journey, and to my parents, thank you all for the
sacrifices you have made, so I could be where I am today. (audience cheering and clapping) Connor Makayla Johnson. (audience cheering) I would like to
express my appreciation to my family and friends
for bearing with, through nursing school. Each review has made me better. Thank you. (audience clapping) Daniel Katzman. Thank you to my family,
especially my wife Allison, who put her own dreams on hold, and supported us while
I pursued my education. I couldn’t have
done it without you. (audience clapping and cheering) Pooja Kohli. I want to convey special thanks
to my husband and my girls. They have been super supportive
throughout my journey. This journey was
full of challenges, and without their
endless support, I could not have done it. Love you. (audience clapping) Cindy Leiva. I could not have done
this without the support and love of my family,
Dillon, Mom, Dad, Jos, Julie, Chad, Kylie,
Brightly, Delaney, and Shadow, Cutie, Chowder,
and Bowser, of course. I love you so much. (audience clapping) Shavonte Lewis. Thank you to everyone
who has supported me throughout this journey. This pin is dedicated to my
children Jaquia and Jaden. Thank you for the sacrifices
you’ve unknowingly had to make. I love you. And happy birthday
to my son, Jaden. (audience clapping and cheering) Cara Linke. To my family, who are the reason that I’m able to be here today, to my friends for always giving
me a shoulder to lean on, and to my nursing school
brothers and sisters, for being my backbone
through this crazy journey, thank you all. I couldn’t have
done it without you. (audience clapping and cheering) Amalia Lomu. I want to thank God, and my appreciation
for all those who have helped me
through nursing school. Thanks to my family,
friends, instructors, and most importantly, my
mom and fiance, Scott, whom without, I would
not have made it. Lots of love and aloha. (audience clapping) Allison MacDonald. Thank you to my classmates
who have helped me to make this journey meaningful, and to Bruce, Ada, Josie,
Cecelia, Edit and my mom for all of their support
every single day. (audience clapping) Ruby Martin. I dedicate this pin to God, because He promised
me in Isaiah 41:13, for I, the Lord, thy God
will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear
not, I will help thee, and He fulfilled His promise. (audience clapping and cheering) Jasmine Massie. I couldn’t have done
this without the support of my family and friends. Thank you to my mom,
my sister, and Nia, my Nana and Papa,
and my best friends Rachel, Trayonna, and Sarah. Thank you to everyone who
supported me and believed in me. With God, all
things are possible. (audience clapping and cheering) Michelle Maupin I would like to thank
my family and friends for all of their support. Thank you for all of the
words of encouragement when I wanted to give up. You have helped me make
my dreams a reality. (audience cheering and clapping) Chynna Newville. I am forever grateful
for the friendships I have made on this journey, the people who have stuck by me through all the I can’ts,
because I had to study, and my family, who has taught me to never give up on my dreams. (audience clapping and cheering) Nicole Otero. I dedicate this achievement
to God and my mother. God instilled strength in me, but gave me my
mother to emulate it. She exhibits
perseverance, faith, patience and unfailing love. Thank you for your guidance. I love you. Philippians 1:6. (audience clapping) Kayla Pace. I would like to thank
my family and friends for all of their
love and support, especially my parents,
Harold and Joyce. They have always supported
me in everything, and most importantly, I
would love to thank God for giving me strength
to complete this journey. (audience cheering and clapping) Morgean Poggi-Dutnell. I dedicate this to my Mom. She has been with me in spirit
throughout this journey, to my boyfriend, Justin, for
all of your love and support, to my family and
best friend Megan, who I couldn’t have
done it without. (audience cheering and clapping) (ambient instrumental music) – Margaret Mimi Pohl. Frank, Anna, Maron, Cici, thank you for your
loving support, and
for believing in me. Mom, thank you for your
lifetime example of service, and thank you to my
village and cheerleaders, Bridget, Ryan, Heather,
Pete, Rachel, and Jamie. (audience clapping) Megan Porter. Thank you to all the
instructors, friends, and family that have so
graciously supported me throughout nursing school, especially my wonderful
husband, daughter, and parents. I would not have achieved
this goal without you. (audience clapping) Kasey B. Randle. First, I would like
to dedicate this to the baddest and strongest
broad I know, myself. (audience cheers,
claps, and laughs) I want to thank my
family for being my pillars of
strength, my tribe. Your support is everything. I know my value. Thank you. (audience cheering and clapping) Cecilia Richards. I am thankful for
the sweet friendships I’ve made that refresh my soul, thankful I am a child of God, and I am thankful for Drake, for making sure I
never went hungry. (audience clapping and cheering) Lara K. Richards. To my husband, Bill, and
our daughter, Shelby, for all the sacrifices you have
made to make today possible, and thank you to
all my instructors, especially Kristina, you have inspired me
more than you know. (audience clapping) Amber Robson. (audience cheering) I dedicate this pin to
my Mom, Dad, siblings, Colleen, Greg,
Adam, Dennis, Traci, the amazing friends I have
made, and nursing staff at PVCC. Without your love,
support, and encouragement this would not
have been possible. Thank you all. (audience clapping and cheering) (uplifting ambient music) Dawn Saunders. I want to thank my parents
for their endless support throughout this journey. Your selflessness will
always be remembered. Thank you Karen Bloomfield for
sacrificing your time for me. With God, all
things are possible. Hey Freddie, we did it. (audience clapping) Kiandria Anisia Scott. I wanna thank my
family and friends, as none of this would
have been possible without their love,
encouragement, and support. With a special thanks to my mom, who never gave up on me
and always believed in me. (audience clapping and cheering) Sarah Shifflett. Thanks to God, my
parents, and sisters for everything you have done. Thanks to my husband, for your unconditional support. Finally, thanks to my daughter, for being the reason
I persevered through. This is for you, baby girl. (audience clapping) Brittany Sites. Thank you to my family for
their love and support. Thank you to my
instructors and classmates for all that you have taught me. We did it. Thank you, God. (audience clapping) Rachel Snoddy. I would like to
dedicate my success in nursing school to my Nana. My motivation,
courage, confidence, strong will, and selflessness
through this program is all thanks to you. I love you endlessly. I miss you always. Dominique Spencer-Eubanks. (audience cheering) A year ago, I was in a
wheelchair unable to walk. Today, God saw fit for me
to walk across a stage. Thank you all for
those who supported me, and praise God
for His blessings. (audience cheering and clapping) Hannah Blake-Tate. I want to thank God for
this amazing opportunity, my family, future in-laws,
and friends for their support, and my fiance for loving
me unconditionally, even when I would act a little
crazy from all the stress. (audience clapping) Emma Taylor. To my family and friends, who have seen me through
the last two years, (clears throat) excuse me, thank you, a million times. I could never have done
this without all of you. (audience clapping) Hayley Thomas. Thank you to my
mom, my dad, Josh, and the rest of the family, for all the love and
support you’ve given me. I wouldn’t be where I am
today without you guys. Thank you to my classmates,
especially Leah and Blake. (audience clapping) Megan Tiernan. I dedicate this to my
sweet husband, Scott, my sister, Mallory Doldrum, my parents, family, and
nursing twin, Winifred. I couldn’t have
done it without you and your endless support
and encouragement. You all mean the world to me. (audience clapping) Halima Walker. (audience cheering) I dedicate this pin to God
for continued strength, my husband Justin, my children, mothers Donna and Cathy,
dad Abdul, sister Katie, aunt Connie, cousin Jessica, and friend Christina. Without their love and support, this wouldn’t be possible. (audience clapping) Christopher Washington. (audience cheering) I would like to thank
my beautiful wife for supporting me and
guiding me unconditionally through this treacherous journey
they call nursing school. I would also like to
thank my wonderful mother, who persistently reinforced
positive thinking. Thank you. (audience clapping and cheering) Eric White. I wanna thank my
mother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and father, for all their
assistance and support. Above all, I wanna
thank my wife, for all the sacrifices
that she made. I couldn’t have
done it without you. (audience clapping and cheering) Erin Wilson. To Roy, you believed in me and encouraged me
through this journey. You are my most favorite
person, and I love you. To my family and friends, I am beyond thankful
for your endless love and faith that sustained me. (audience clapping) Leah Wingfield. Thank you to my dad Peyton, and my family for your support
during this crazy experience. Thank you to all my classmates, especially Haley, Blake, and
Erin for keeping me sane, and my pets Piper and Oliver,
for emotional support. (audience claps and laughs) Cameron Wright. (audience cheering and clapping) (ambient piano music) (audience cheering) Hattie Elizabeth Wright. God placed me in this
program for His purpose, and placed in my life amazing
people to help me through. Della, my daughter, my parents, Crystal,
Tim, and Donna, and my husband, Michael. Thank you to God and my family. (audience cheering and clapping) And Jennifer Yowell. (laughs) The glory of this
day belongs to God. Thank you to my children
who sacrificed so much, and to my family, classmates,
friends, and coworkers, for their encouragement,
support, and prayers that made my dream of Pediatric nursing come true. You are never too old
to achieve your dreams. (audience cheering and clapping) – God is good all the time. – [Audience] All the
time, God is good. (audience cheering and clapping) (uplifting ambient music) – And now, we’re gonna have the presentation of awards. – This part of the
program usually comes as a surprise to our graduates. It’s a fun time. But before we give
out the awards today, we want to acknowledge
a few of our students who received awards at the
Academic and Leadership Award Ceremony in
April of this year. Ruby Martin received the
Mildred Montag Academic Award for Nursing,
highlighting outstanding
academic performance, and Molly Brennan received
the Student Leadership Award, for involvement in SNAP, the Student Nurse
Association at Piedmont. Please stand and let’s give
them a round of applause. (audience clapping and cheering) Okay, so each year
we present an award for the student who maintained
the highest grade point average in all of
their nursing courses during the two years
of this program, and this year, we
present the highest GPA award to Mimi Pohl. (audience claps and cheers)
Come up. Isn’t that nice? Congratulations. – Thank you all. – [Faculty And Staff]
Congratulations. – The clinical awards will
be presented by Theresa Rase. – Hello. (audience laughs) (laughs) Okay, so you know I have to go
through this whole thing before ya find out who you are, so everybody sit on
the edge of your seat and wait for me
to say your name. (audience laughs)
Are ya ready? Okay, the first clinical
award is to the day group. So you will be one of you
that was in the day group, so with just a few
words about that. It’s really impossible to
summarize in a few words, what kinda student nurse,
this person has been. She, so now we know it’s
a girl, right? (laughs) She has shown respect, and
I believe, true blessing to the patients she’s
touched in these last few, past two years. Her ambition to provide
compassionate care to her patients
she has cared for is an inspiration to her
clinical instructors, as well as her cohorts, and, that she has in the
clinical setting. She’s provided individualized
nursing care to her patients, which reflected her
caring and deep commitment to the highest of
nursing standards. She went above and beyond
with her patient assignments and supported her
peers in the clinical, as well as in class. I’m presenting this tonight, or today, because I actually had
the pleasure of having this student in my clinical. I was able to witness her
compassion with her patients, as well as being a leader and a mentor to her
fellow students. There’s no doubt that this
student will be an excellent and professional
nurse, with integrity, in whatever area of nursing
practice she chooses. And this person
is Latissa Banks. (Theresa and audience
cheering and clapping) Yay, everyone agrees. Everyone. – [Latissa] Thank you. (mumbles)
(audience claps and cheers) – [Latissa] (mumbles) might
take our picture. (laughs) – [Theresa] Here’s your plaque. Here you can, plaque
for your crew. (audience clapping and cheering) (audience laughs) We can’t tell. Alright, congratulations Latissa. Of course, did we
say that all of these awards are given
out as faculty vote on who these folks are. It wasn’t just me. (laughs) There were others as well. Okay, so the next is for
our evening class students. This student was always willing to share her knowledge
with her other classmates, showing compassion
to her patients, and commitment to the
nursing profession. This student also
had several detours along the road to the RN, but she always has
been compassionate
about the patient care and that’s been very evident
in her clinical rotations. She is one of our LPN
transfer students, transition students, sorry, not transfer,
transition students, that was in the evening
and the weekend class. This student is are you ready?
(imitates drum roll) Dominique Spencer-Eubanks. (audience clapping and cheering) We’re gonna make you come up
here twice, baby. (laughs) (audience clapping and cheering) Alright, and then, you think you’re gonna get
rid of me, but no (audience laughs) I’m still here. We’re gonna read
the Nursing Pledge. If there’s nurses
in the audience that would like to join with us, the Nursing Pledge
is on the back of the little handout today. If you’re a nurse,
everybody needs to stand, if you’re a nurse, and we
will read the Pledge together. Yay. Yes, you are all nurses. Okay, is everybody ready? Okay, – [Theresa and Audience]
In full knowledge of the obligations
I am undertaking. I promise to care for the sick, with all the skill and
understanding I possess, without regard to race,
creed, color, politics or social status,
sparing no effort to conserve life, to
alleviate suffering, and to promote health. I will respect at all times, the dignity and
religious beliefs of the patients under my care, holding in confidence
all personal information entrusted to me, and
refraining from any action, which might endanger
life or health. I will endeavor to keep
my professional knowledge and skill at the highest
level, and to give loyal support and cooperation to all
members of the health team. I will do my utmost to
honor the International Code of Nursing Ethics and
uphold the integrity of the professional nurse. – [Theresa] (clapping) Good job. (audience cheering and clapping) – And the last thing
before we close is our nurses made
their own slideshow to show what life is like, or what part of life
they wanted to show. Stay in your seats
and it’s coming. (“Whenever You Remember”
by Carrie Underwood) (audience laughs) ♪ When you look back
on times we had ♪ ♪ I hope you smile ♪ ♪ And know that through the
good and through the bad ♪ ♪ I was on your side when
nobody could hold us down ♪ ♪ We claimed the
brightest star ♪ ♪ And we, we came so far ♪ ♪ And no they won’t forget ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember
times gone by ♪ ♪ Remember how we held
our heads so high ♪ ♪ When all this world
was there for us ♪ ♪ And we believed that
we could touch the sky ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember,
I’ll be there ♪ ♪ Remember how we reached
that dream together ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember ♪ (audience laughs) ♪ When you think back
on all we’ve done ♪ ♪ I hope you’re proud ♪ ♪ When you look back and
see how far we’ve come ♪ ♪ It was our time to shine ♪ ♪ And nobody could
hold us down ♪ ♪ They thought
they’d see us fall ♪ ♪ But we, we stood so tall ♪ ♪ And no we won’t forget ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember
times gone by ♪ ♪ Remember how we held
our heads so high ♪ ♪ When all this world
was there for us ♪ ♪ And we believed that
we could touch the sky ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember,
I’ll be there ♪ ♪ Remember how we reached
that dream together ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember ♪ ♪ Yeah, Oh ♪ ♪ Ooh, Ooh ♪ ♪ We claimed the
brightest star ♪ ♪ And we, we came so far ♪ ♪ You know that we,
we showed them all ♪ ♪ And no they won’t forget ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember
times gone by ♪ ♪ Remember how we held
our heads so high ♪ ♪ When all this world
was there for us ♪ ♪ And we believed that
we could touch the sky ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember,
I’ll be there ♪ ♪ Remember how we reached
that dream together ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember ♪ ♪ Whenever you remember ♪ ♪ Ooh, whenever you remember ♪ (audience laughs) (“Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
by Justin Timberlake) ♪ Ah, yeah, ah, yeah ♪ ♪ I got this feelin’
inside my bones ♪ ♪ It goes electric,
wavy when I turn it on ♪ ♪ All through my city,
all through my home ♪ ♪ We’re flyin’ up, no
ceilin’, when we in our zone ♪ ♪ I got that sunshine
in my pocket ♪ ♪ Got that good
soul in my feet ♪ ♪ I feel that hot blood in
my body when it drops, ooh, ♪ ♪ I can’t take my eyes up off
it, movin’ so phenomenally ♪ ♪ Room on lock, the way we
rock it, so don’t stop ♪ ♪ And under the lights
when everything goes ♪ ♪ Nowhere to hide when
I’m gettin’ you close ♪ ♪ When we move, well,
you already know ♪ ♪ So just imagine, just
imagine, just imagine ♪ ♪ Nothin’ I can see but you
when you dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ Feel a good, good
creepin’ up on you ♪ ♪ So just dance,
dance, dance, come on ♪ ♪ All those things
I shouldn’t do ♪ ♪ But you dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ And ain’t nobody leavin’
soon, so keep dancin’ ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ So just dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ So just dance,
dance, dance, come on ♪ ♪ Ooh, it’s something magical ♪ ♪ It’s in the air, it’s in
my blood, it’s rushin’ on ♪ ♪ I don’t need no reason,
don’t need control ♪ ♪ I fly so high, no ceiling,
when I’m in my zone ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I got that
sunshine in my pocket ♪ ♪ Got that good
soul in my feet ♪ ♪ I feel that hot blood in
my body when it drops, ooh ♪ ♪ I can’t take my eyes up off
it, moving so phenomenally ♪ ♪ Room on lock, the way we
rock it, so don’t stop ♪ ♪ Under the lights
when everything goes ♪ ♪ Nowhere to hide when
I’m gettin’ you close ♪ ♪ When we move, well,
you already know ♪ ♪ So just imagine, just
imagine, just imagine ♪ ♪ Nothing I can see but you
when you dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ Feel a good, good,
creepin’ up on you ♪ ♪ So just dance,
dance, dance, come on ♪ ♪ All those things
I shouldn’t do ♪ ♪ But you dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ And ain’t nobody leavin’
soon, so keep dancin’ ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ So just dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ So just dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ So just dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ I can’t stop
the feelin’ yeah ♪ ♪ So keep dancin’, come on ♪ ♪ Oh, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the, I
can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ Nothin’ I can see but you
when you dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ Feel the good, good,
creepin’ up on you ♪ ♪ So just dance,
dance, dance, come on ♪ ♪ All those things
I shouldn’t do ♪ ♪ But you dance, dance, dance ♪ ♪ And ain’t nobody leavin’
soon, so keep dancin’ ♪ ♪ Everybody sing I
can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ Got this feeling in my body ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ Got this feeling in my body ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ Wanna see you move your body ♪ ♪ I can’t stop the feelin’ ♪ ♪ Got this feelin’ in my body ♪ (audience clapping and cheering) – That was great. (laughs) What can you say. Congratulations to our
students, their families, their partners, supporters
for coming to pinning today. Thank you for
administration and faculty for your guidance in
teaching all of our students and now, we invite you to
a celebratory reception that will be held back
here in a few minutes. Congratulations to everybody. (audience clapping and cheering)