PVCC Pharmacy Technician Pinning Ceremony – August 4, 2016


(light jazz music) – Good evening, and
welcome to the first Pharmacy Technician Pinning
Ceremony here at PVCC. My name is Krystal Green
and I’m the Program Director of the Pharmacy
Technician Program. Thank you all for being here
and supporting our first graduating class of the
Pharmacy Technician Program. You are all now the
official class of 2016 for the Pharmacy
Technician Program. (audience applauding) I would like to introduce
our platform guests. We have Dr John Donnelly
who is the Vice President of Instruction and
Student Services, Dr Jean Chappell, the Dean
of Health and Life Sciences, Dr Rafael Saenz, the
Pharmacy Administrator at UVA and our guest speaker
for the evening, and Miss Ann Vanischak who’s the Clinical
Compliance Coordinator. We will now have
welcoming remarks from Dr John Donnelly
and Dr Dean Chappell. – Thank you, Krystal,
welcome everyone, good evening graduates. As the Chief Academic and
Student Affairs Officer here at Piedmont Virginia
Community College, I bring you greetings from the
faculty and the staff here at the college,
greetings and congratulations, and I also wanna offer my
personal congratulations to each of you on this
most exciting of occasions. The Pinning Ceremony tonight
is symbolic of your entry into the profession, but
it’s also a celebration that you achieved your goal of
becoming a pharmacy technician. Today you’re going
to receive your pin which symbolizes your
entry into the profession, and an event like
this is often called a graduation ceremony or
commencement ceremony, and I wanna focus in on the
commencement piece of this. So, let’s talk about
the term commencement, and what it signifies. The definition of
commencement is a time when something
begins, but those of you sitting to my left now
are probably saying thank God it’s ended.
(audience laughing) But, while you may
think it has ended, it actually is the
beginning of something new and exciting for you, and
I’ll give you a few examples. I expected that there were
many of you on the stage who had days where you were
exhausted, you were stressed, you were worried, upset,
hysterical, maybe, manic, angry, frustrated,
I can go on and on and on, but those days are now
history, so that’s new for you. The new beginning here is that you’re a professional
in your field now. You’re going to have a
different set of deadlines, of expectations and stresses,
but these are all things that will make you excellent
practitioners in the field. Much is expected of you,
and I have no doubt that all of you will rise to
meet those expectations because you’ve been very
well prepared to do so. Secondly, you have seen your
fellow students at their worst and at their best,
and they have seen you at your best and worst,
and the new beginning here is that you’re gonna
go your separate ways. You’re gonna start
that perfect job, you’re going to enroll
in that advanced training or education program, some
of you will leave the area, some of you will get married,
some of you will have kids. You’re not gonna see or
talk to your colleagues and your friends
as much as you did during your time here at PVCC. Those ties that bind, or
that bound, will loosen, yet one thing that will
connect you to each other is your experience
here in this program. Don’t forget to keep in
touch with each other. And finally, you’ll
soon have a certificate in pharmacy as a
Pharmacy Technician, and you’ll soon be licensed if
you’re not licensed already. You are now at a place
where your experience and your credential will
make you very valuable in the marketplace;
take advantage of that. You have gained
skills and credentials that most people don’t have;
use those to your advantage. Get the position that
you think you can’t get, or apply to that advanced
educational program you think you can’t get into. The knowledge, skills,
and abilities you learned in this program will take you
farther than you might think. In closing, I hope that
your time here at PVCC has been a positive
and fruitful one. I hope that you will keep
a bit of PVCC with you. The pin you will receive
tonight on that table will be a constant
reminder of your time here. I hope you’ll come back and
let us know how you’re doing. I hope you’ll come back
and consider giving money when you become rich and famous. (audience laughing)
And I hope you’ll even think about coming back
and maybe teaching for us, or supervising a
clinical experience when future students come
through our program. Finally, congratulations,
you did it, you’re finished, and I bet it feels really good. It’s my wish for you now
that you enjoy some time for yourself, time with
friends, time with family, or just time to do
absolutely nothing. You certainly deserve it,
congratulations, and good luck. (audience applauding) – Good evening, on behalf
of faculty and staff of Piedmont Virginia
Community College, I too would like to welcome
you to the Pinning Ceremony for our first Pharmacy
Technician Program. Super exciting,
and on many levels it is a remarkable achievement,
not just for the students, but also for the college
which, because this program was built with such
community support. First, I would like
to take a moment to thank Krystal,
there she is, Krystal, for all of her work
and making this happen, for the faculty and
the clinical faculty on the field that also
was there to help as well. One thing about
programs like this and all the allied
health programs is you can’t make it through alone. It’s a tough program. All the programs are tough,
and as Dr Donnelly said, there are some days
when you just think you can’t make it anymore,
but working as a cohort and having a new family,
if you will, of individuals to help support you during
that time is so important. And I can say, honestly,
that after 20-omething years, I am still in contact
with those individuals that I went to school with. We Facebook, we meet in
the summer as we travel from place to place,
or at conferences, so you won’t lose
track, you really won’t, because this time in your
life, although eventful, is one you will
never, ever forget. I’d also like to take a
moment for the graduates to recognize their family
and friends and supporters that helped them
through this tough time because you all are
just as important as those individuals
on the stage in helping each of those
graduates be successful, so I think you deserve
a round of applause, (all applauding)
and thank you. As Dr Donnelly said, “Today
marks the end of a journey, “but the beginning of
a new one,” for some, the journey seems no more
than the blink of an eye, and for others, it might
seem a little longer. But like any good journey,
any good road trip, it’s filled with
challenges and good times, and as I said, those
times of struggle were not those that
you experienced alone, and the important thing is you
came through as successful, and a lot has been said
about the word success and what success means,
but my favorite quote comes from Albert
Einstein who said, “Try not to become
a person of success, “but try to become
a person of value.” The quote doesn’t say, try to
have a profession of value, it says be a person of value. The key component of success
is finding a sense of worth in what you do by giving back, by reaching out
and helping others. The talents and skills
that you’ve learned in the Pharmacy Technician
Program forged a professional that is confident, strong,
and ready to face the world. These same talents and skills
are of tremendous value, not monetarily, but the
value that they have in changing the lives of others. You’re part now of
a healthcare team, and after so many, many many
years, I also think of myself as that team, as
part of that team, and that really means something. It means something to others, even if they’re not
in your profession. It means something to
the nurses, the doctors, the medical technologists. Being part of that team
means that we have others that we can rely on for
expertise that’s not our own. We have other content experts. There is an African saying, and
it goes something like this, “Many little people
in many small places “undertaking many modest actions
can transform the world.” There are nearly 400,000
Pharmacy Technicians in this country, and that’s
part of tens of millions of health occupation
professionals. Imagine if all the healthcare
workers joined together to create a healing
environment for their patients. If you, along with each
of the other thousands in our community,
contributed one small change, working together to create
a healthy community, for each of us to
live, love, and grow, what awesome power that is,
and you now have that power. You have the power
to change lives, so as you take the next
step of your journey, whether it’s the workplace
or furthering your education, remember that you are blessed
with family and friends to support you along the way, the excellence of
your education, and the profession that
holds these elements strong. Each of you have the
unique opportunity to make great things happen
in our very own community. If not the world, at
least in our community. Get involved, give back, and
be that catalyst for change. Congratulations on the
end of your journey and the beginning
of your new one, and thank you most of
all for choosing PVCC to be part of that
journey, thank you. (audience applauding) – We will now have our student
speaker, Miss Robin Ford. – I could go back and
reminisce about the last year. Instead, I think it’s
more important to focus on where we’ll be in
the years ahead. Tonight means different
things for each of us. To some, it comes as
a welcome of relief, to others it’s accompanied
with the feeling of nostalgia as we look back on the
good and hard times with the many
friends we’ve made. We look to the future
with anticipation, and perhaps some apprehension. To everyone who touched our
lives, we say thank you. To the parents who stood
by us, no matter what. To friends who were there
for the pizza parties, study sessions, and
everything in between. To our wonderful
instructor Miss Green for putting up with
our constant whining, To the staff of the
University of Virginia for guiding us to new prospects. And, to all others we
depend on, without you, without each other, we wouldn’t
be standing here today. Leaving today will
be a time of emotions as we’re excited
of what lies ahead. It is not easy to say
goodbye to common faces from the past year, and perhaps
walking through the doors of our next adventure,
we’ll realize how the roots and strength of those
around us helped us here. I am so proud of my classmates
and new lifelong friends. To the next chapter.
(audience applauding) – Thank you, Miss Ford. Alright, so our keynote speaker this evening is Dr Rafael Saenz. Dr Saenz is the
Pharmacy Administrator at UVA Medical Center, he
received his PharmD degree from NCV VCU School of Pharmacy
and his Master’s of Science in Health System
Pharmacy Administration from the University
of Wisconsin, while completing the combined
residency Master’s Degree Program in Health System
Pharmacy Administration from the University of
Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Prior to coming to UVA,
Dr Saenz was responsible for building clinical
pharmacist practice models in the US and Europe,
combined master’s degree residency programs in hospital and community pharmacy settings, advanced technician
practice models, and ensuring compliance
with national and international regulation
safety and quality agencies. Dr Saenz has served
as Operations Manager for the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital,
and as Executive Director of Pharmacy Services for UPMC’s International and Commercial
Services Division. When I first met Dr Saenz,
I could feel his excitement for the Pharmacy
Technician Program. The excitement grew
as he gave me a tour of the whole UVA hospital,
(audience laughing) and showed me the
various locations where pharmacy
operations took place. On this day, I did not
have on my walking shoes, but I smiled and could feel
the excitement and envisioned the experience the
students would have at UVA. Over the course of this
year, Dr Saenz has provided encouragement, and shared
his passion and appreciation for the work of
pharmacy technicians,
and also shared that with our students
when he came to speak. We are happy that
his schedule allowed for him to be here this
evening, and I am honored that he graciously
accepted the invitation to address the class of 2016
and their family and friends. So, if you would join me
in welcoming Dr Saenz. (audience applauding) – Hi, I can assure you
that the honor is all mine. Congratulations, this
is awesome, right? Feels great, and Krystal,
I knew you didn’t have walking shoes on that day,
(audience laughing) and it’s also how I knew that
we chose the right person. I’m just gonna tell you
a story, and the message to my story, I’m gonna look to
you because I’m here for you, is that from this day forward, I want you to do your
job with passion. You have to have
passion in this role. I have passion for this role, and I’m not the
technician anymore, but I have passion
for technicianship, and I’ll explain to you how
I came across that passion. In 1994, I was like young, I
was really young back then. (audience laughing)
I look the same, though, just. I walked into a hospital, this
was back when you could just walk in a hospital and
ask for an application, and I said, “I’d like to
be a pharmacist one day. “Can I be a technician
for you all? “I’d like to see
what pharmacists do.” And they were like, “Sure, come
on in, sign an application.” I got the job because I
knew about, a friend of mine worked in the department, so
they trained me minimally, I was in the IV room
within a couple of weeks. So, those of you who have
gone through my department know that that is
not possible anymore. And I remember being in the
hood and compounding something, I believe it was a controlled
substance, it was a PCA, and I remember setting the
vial and the syringe down, and then I remember that
the bag of medication walked out of the pharmacy. The pharmacist came
and looked at the vial, looked at the syringe
and said, “What is this?” And I said, “I made the PCA,
this is the dose that I used.” And she said, “Oh my
gosh, it is all wrong.” This lady’s face was like
whiter than this sheet, and she dropped the vial
and she ran out the door, and at that moment that
she got up to the unit, the nurse had already
spiked the bag and was about to
inject that medication into the patient’s veins. It was then that I realized that I could’ve benefited
from more training. (audience laughing) I then, fast forward a
few years, I found myself in Fairfax, Virginia
as a Pharmacy Intern after being accepted
to pharmacy school working for a chain of
drug stores, and I recall being the intern there
operating as a technician, that you have in
the retail setting a completely
different environment. For those of you who worked
at our Barringer Pharmacy, or went through retail sites, understand the business
of a retail facility. There was no time to think. It was one prescription after
another and mistakes happened, and I recall, if you all
know the Fairfax County area, there is a lot of well
known politicians, well known national figures. One of them came in and
essentially threw a bottle of medications at my
pharmacist and said, “What is this, are you
trying to kill me?” And, it turns out it
was a prescription that I believe I had filled. Same drug, different strength, and so we teach you the value
of look alike and sound alike. I’m telling you these
stories because I’ve lived in the world that
you’re about to enter, and I can say very,
very confidently that Pharmacy Technicians
are the backbone of pharmacy. Okay, there’s a reason why
we reached out to PVCC, there’s a reason why we wanna
do these types of programs, and there’s a reason why I refuse to accept
just any technician. There needs to be a higher
level of competency, there needs to be a higher
level of education and training behind the people that
handle your medications. One of these days,
myself, my family members, or anybody in this room is
gonna end up at UVA Hospital, and you wanna make
sure that the person handling your medications
is properly trained, and is competent to do the job. We were not finding that, so PVCC has helped us
increase the level of quality and overall safety
for our patients in Central Virginia and
soon the Commonwealth. The community college
system in Virginia is right for these types of
opportunities, and I implore to Dr Donnelly, if you
have the ability to do so, to make, to promulgate
these programs so that more citizens of the
Commonwealth can benefit from the safety and quality that
our technicians will provide. At UPMC, I created a
technician training program that was hospital based, and
I remember, just by chance, I took the students, and
I had around 10 students, up to the unit to see a
patient, and they witnessed firsthand the adverse effects
of medications on a patient who had developed a rash,
and it wasn’t just any rash, it was a pretty severe rash,
and there was a sloughing of skin cells, and I remember
the looks on their faces and them putting together
the fact that what they do directly effects somebody,
but not just anybody, somebody who’s vulnerable,
somebody who is in need of care. Our mission at UVA is to
become the safest place to receive care anywhere, and
you are part of that mission. I took an oath as a pharmacist
to ensure public safety, and as a member of the
Virginia Board of Pharmacy, I can essentially guide
the profession to make sure that we look after the
public and the public safety. You are part of that. A lot of what I discuss
at the Board of Pharmacy has to do with technicians
and the increasing scrutiny around
technician training. This has to be the
standard going forward. And then finally at UVA,
what you’re gonna be entrusted to do is primarily
focus on patient safety and patient quality,
and we’re gonna do that through a variety of
different manners. You will be technicians who
will handle our medications and assist our pharmacists and
be a pharmacist right-hand. Several of you will be
involved with more direct patient care in terms of
procuring medication histories from our admitted
patients, and then the possibilities
for you is limitless. It’s up to us as to how
we want to utilize you to further expand
the reach of pharmacy at UVA, and I have big plans. Lastly, I do want to spend
some time talking about Krystal because none of this could’ve
been possible without Krystal, and what has it been
now, two years-ish? – Year and a half.
– Year and a half, wow. We came to PVCC with an idea,
and that idea was to create this accredited technician
training program. At the time, there weren’t
any in the Commonwealth, and so now we’re gonna
be among the first, and we didn’t wanna just
create a me too program. We wanted to create something
that was gonna be lasting, and something that we
could all be proud of. Krystal was absolutely the
right person for this role, and I thank her from
the bottom of my heart, and you’ve just done
a phenomenal job, and I thank you so much.
(audience applauding) Lastly, I just wanna
say that, reiterate, you are the future of pharmacy. The technician roles
across the country are only going to become
more and more involved with direct patient care. You are now properly trained
and probably among the best in the Commonwealth,
and you will be there to help us get the
profession to the next level. I also wanna address (laughing) a few comments that
Dr Donnelly made. I too hope that you
will take students on location and pass
it forward, okay? I also want to encourage
you to become involved in professional societies
as often as you can. Your involvement in
professional organizations for technicians and pharmacists
in Virginia is the rent you pay for the space you
take up in the profession. And, the other thing
Dr Donnelly said is, “You can now do
nothing if you want to, “but if you work for me,
that’s not an option.” (all laughing) So, thank you so
much, congratulations. (audience applauding) – Thank you, Dr Saenz,
for addressing our class. Before I address
the graduating class who I hold near and
dear to my heart, one, because you
are the first class of the Pharmacy Technician
Program here at PVCC. Coming from, I commute
from Richmond to come here, which is fine until the
springtime when we’re meeting four days a week, gets
a little daunting, but I could not have asked
for a better group of students to embark on this new journey. The pressure, somewhat,
not actually pressure, but the assignment to create
a program for this community is somewhat of a big assignment,
and with any big assignment sometimes you doubt whether
or not you have what it takes, if you can produce
great professionals, and before I get to my
speech, I can say that you all are great professionals. I hope that I have mimicked
for you a good work ethic, professionalism, and
I always talk about patient centered care
because you never know who you are preparing
medications for, but you always want
to prepare it for as if it’s your
mother or your father, your son, your daughter,
or a good friend. I would like to thank UVA
for giving the opportunity to the Pharmacy
Technician students. They were able to do a 10
week rotation where they split five weeks in out-patient
and five weeks in in-patient, and before the students were
on their rotation experience, I told them that I was excited
for them, but kind of jealous because UVA offers a unique
experience to expose technicians to different
responsibilities and roles that aren’t found
in other hospitals, and I can say that
from experience working in Richmond, Virginia. So, without them, I think
you all would not have had such a great rotation
experience, they were excited to have you all there,
they were welcoming, and I feel that they gave
you, or they treated you as if you were
already an employee, so the experience that you have, I hope you see how valuable
it is and how priceless it is because I can tell you from
having the program in Richmond, the students there did not
have the same experience, nowhere near the
experience that you had. So, thank you UVA for
opening up your doors and your pharmacy to the
technician program here. (audience applauding) On Tuesday, August 25,
2015 was our very first class together, which was
filled with complete silence. (audience laughing) It wasn’t until maybe midway
through the spring semester that they would
actually talk back to me if I did not ask
them a question. I encouraged you all to talk
and get to know one another, and you all did that
after the first semester. Despite the bond that
was beginning to form, most days I was still
greeted with silence, and I asked, or I
would say crickets. I may get a smirk or a
little smile from them, but it was somewhat
to break the ice. I enjoy engaging
classroom atmosphere because, one, students
don’t realize that regardless of whether they’re
in-patient or out-patient, at some point in their
journey, they will have to communicate with someone
outside of the pharmacy. Throughout our time
together, I told you that you were not on
this journey alone, so we have arrived to the
Pinning Ceremony together. It is my nature to
provide you with what you need to be successful. You all have made
it, so we are at the point of success,
just the tip. Over the last three semesters,
we have worked together, we have laughed together,
and perhaps shed a tear. You all studied together
for pharmacology and quizzed each other
for lab checkoffs. We laughed together
when someone made up their own meaning
to a sig code, PA. We also laughed when someone
blamed their cellphone for not catching up with
daylight savings time and was late for a
checkoff appointment. We have had numerous
conversations about my love for Coca-Cola and who
has the best and strongest. You all often tried
to get me off topic asking me about Meena, my dog,
and to see pictures of her. Tears may have been
shed out of frustration, but at the end of it all, you
are sitting here this evening as students who have
completed a journey that you began
almost a year ago. You all are a special group. One, because you
are the first group to complete this program,
so you are setting the tone for those that follow. You are special because
you are welcoming to me as I am not a
native of this area. You all were patient
with me on the days that technology
just did not want to be my friend,
and there were many. Thank you Miss Richardson
for stepping up and helping when you could see
that I had no clue how to fix the problem, or
even what the problem was. You all have, you’re special
because you’ve worked together, you’ve worked hard,
and you did not quit. I could not have asked
for a better class to start this
program with at PVCC. You all have shown dedication
and pride in this program, and you will also be
a hard act to follow. It is hard to imagine that
I will not see you all on August 22nd when the
fall semester begins. Words cannot express
how proud I am of each and every one of you. I encourage you to
follow your dreams to thrive as
Pharmacy Technicians, and remember to always
have patient centered care. The pins that you all
will be receiving tonight are a symbol of how
hard you have worked, the hours that you put in to
complete the clinical rotation, and also having to be there
at 6:30 AM on some of them, the time sacrificed to
study, the time sacrificed to spend with
family and friends, the time management it
took to come to class and work a full time or
part time job, and even if you were a stay-at-home
mom, that’s still work, too. You all are at the
point of completion. Congratulations on
this achievement, and just because you have
completed this program, it does not mean that you can
kick me out of your corner. I will always be a phone
call, a text message, or an email away, and you
know from the day one, I’ve always told you that
I’m gonna be here for you, and I sincerely mean it,
so congratulations again. (audience applauding) – Nancy Camacho. To my friends and family
who have supported me along the way, and
inspired me to keep going, even when things
seemed uncertain. Special thanks to my twin sister and the amazing
people I work with. I appreciate everything you do. (audience applauding) Robin Ford. To my parents for
raising me to believe I can be anything
I put my mind to. Thank you for your selfless
affection and support. Without you, success would
not have come so humble. To my future husband, Andy,
thank you for listening without interrupting,
encouraging my mindless ranting, and being utterly supportive. Your patience, friendship,
and kindness is something I will always cherish to
the next chapter with you. To my dear friends Katie,
Nakayla, and Ashton, thank you for your constant love and much needed girl nights. I am so proud to have
grown up with you all over the past
years, to many more. (audience applauding) Leslie Grubbs. My beloved family, I
don’t know about you, but I wasn’t sure this day
was ever going to come. All I’ve ever wanted was
to make you all proud. Your endless assurance and help is what has gotten
me here, thank you. (audience applauding) Rachel Hicks. I would like to thank
my parents and boyfriend for their constant
support, but most of all, I would like to thank
my sister Courtney. You are the most
creative, intelligent, and strong willed person I know. If there is anyone in this
world I hope I have made proud, it’s you, so thank you for
giving me the motivation to become a proud
Pharmacy Technician. (audience applauding) Emily Pascua, would like to thank her
husband, children, and family for their unwavering
support and encouragement. Altogether, they
have made this both a possibility and a reality. She would also like to thank
her instructor, classmates, and of course UVA, as
they have all made this an amazingly fun, memorable,
and valuable experience. (audience applauding) Elizabeth Richardson. None of the things I have
accomplished in my life, including today, would
be possible without the unfailing love and support
of my husband and parents. The three people who have
always believed in me, even when I did not
believe in myself. I want to thank my children
for being so understanding during this very busy
time in our lives, from school to
buying a new house to finally getting a babysitter. I think it has been hard,
but I want you to know that Mommy does everything
in this life for you. I want to thank Miss Green
for always being available to help us, and for being
a great teacher and friend. Last but not least, I wanna
thank my fellow classmates, which started as a
group of nine strangers and turned into a
group of nine friends, friendships I hope to
have the rest of my life. I could have not
done this program without the support
they showed me, from cram study sessions in
the lobby to Facebook chats, reassuring each other
about our futures. I hope we never stop being
there for each other. (audience applauding) Harry Shifflett. I would like to thank my
family for all of your support and encouragement through
the last few months while in school, especially
the last 10 weeks during my clinical
rotation at UVA. I would also like to thank
Miss Green and everyone else in the Pharmacy Tech Program. I could not have made
it this far without you. (audience applauding) April Smith. I would like to thank
my family and friends for their support
and encouragement. Without your support, I
wouldn’t be where I am now. (audience applauding) Alex Wolfenbarger. To my mother, my father,
my sisters, and grams, I made it this far
because of you. I hope to continue
making you proud. (audience applauding) – I do have a few awards
I would like to give out to the students, but
before I give these awards, I would like for the
audience to know, to date, seven of
these students have sat for the certification
exam, and to date, all seven have passed today.
(audience applauding) We have two more students
that still have dates to take the exam,
and I’m confident in their ability to
pass the exam as well. I was on pins and needles
waiting to hear whether or not they passed or not
because it’s an exam that has randomized questions,
so each day I was kinda like, “Please let them pass,
please let them pass.” (audience laughing)
But, it does show that their time studying
was not in vain. They were successful, and
I’m sure a breath of relief once they got the
paper that said passed, so congratulations to
those that have sat and for those that
still are about to sit, please use me as a
resource, let’s practice to ensure that you will
be among your classmates that now have the
credentials CPHT that they can put
behind their names. Alright, so the first award
that I would like to give is for maintaining a 4.0 GPA
throughout all three semesters. I let the students know
that I never ask them more of them than what
I haven’t done myself, so I know how hard it is
to work to be a student. The only thing I have not
done is raise the child. So, to maintain a 4.0
through traveling to school, through managing working
outside of school and studying, I think it’s a
great achievement, so the first award goes
to Miss Nancy Camacho. (audience applauding) The next one goes to
Mr Harry Shifflett. (audience applauding) And, the last one is to
Mr Alex Wolfenbarger. (audience applauding) The next round of awards
are for perfect attendance, and I was asked did I
want to give this award because students should come
to school, and yes you should. However again, knowing
what it is to be a student, there are mornings where
you don’t want to get up, or there’s some life challenges that we may have that
keep us in the bed, or inclimate weather
that keeps us at home. I did have one student
that was traveling just about as far, if not
a little farther than I, to come to class, and
that’s a lot to travel about an hour and 30
minutes to come to class two days a week or four days
a week and not miss a day, and I believe had
transportation issues and still found a way. So yes, it is important, yes
we should come to school, but when we overcome
obstacles, I think it is an opportunity to shed light
on that it’s not an easy task. So, the first one is
to Miss Nancy Camacho. (audience applauding) Miss Rachel Hicks.
(audience applauding) And Mr Harry Shifflett.
(audience applauding) The last award that
I would like to give is an award for dedication. It’s not easy being a
mother, coming to school, studying, making good grades. This student is the
definition of dedication. Miss Elizabeth
Richardson gave birth to a very beautiful
little girl on Friday. I don’t remember the day,
I’m sorry, poor instructor, I know.
(student murmuring) (laughing) But, she showed up for her clinical rotation
that following Monday. She wanted to make
sure that she was not missing out on the experience.
(audience applauding) She wanted to make sure
that she completed her hours and finished where
she needed to finish, and if that’s not dedication,
I don’t know what is. So, Miss Richardson, I would
like to present you with this award for dedication.
(audience applauding) Thank you all for
coming, for etching time out of your schedule
to come to this– (all laughing)
to this Pinning Ceremony. I don’t know if you all have
ventured out on education, but trying something new
is always a difficult task, and then sometimes students
don’t know what to do once they’ve completed
that task, and oftentimes, my experience has
been that students are sometimes afraid of
achieving their goals, and somewhere along
the lines they quit, they stop going,
they put it off, or they put it on
the back burner, but these nine students
have stuck in it with me, being an instructor, kind of
laughing at my jokes sometimes, or just engaging with me,
but I want to make sure that I have provided them with
what their expectations were of the program,
out of the program, and I hope that I’ve met that
expectation for you guys, and like I said, you cannot
kick me out of your corner. I will check on you
from time to time, see how things are going, I
hope that I will see your faces when I visit UVA with a
new group of students. Thank you for allowing
me to be your instructor. Thank you for, I
guess, listening to me and trusting in me to
give you the skills to be a professional, to
be a Pharmacy Technician, and then just to
be a good person. Continue to strive
for your dreams. Don’t forget to
challenge yourself. I know some of you all
have endeavors of going on for other educational journeys. I encourage you to do
so, and if I can help you any way along the way, please
do not hesitate to contact me, and you all know
that I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Whatever I can do, just
make sure you call me if you’re not gonna
come, that’s it. (audience laughing)
But, thank you for being a great first
class, thank you all for coming to support
the class of 2016 for completing the first
Pharmacy Technician Program here at Piedmont Virginia
Community College. (audience applauding) – We have something for you. – Thank you!
– So, Miss Green was very nervous
to be our teacher. We were very nervous
to be her students. (all laughing)
So we were crickets, and we didn’t talk a lot,
but between Alex’s funny sig code abbreviations and
stories of my children’s antics, I think we all warmed
up really well, and we wanted to give
you a gift to tell you how much we love you, and
how much you are appreciated by us, thank you.
(audience applauding) Heavy, heavy,
(laughing) it’s heavy. (students laughing) – You guys, get together.
– Oh, okay. Oh, okay.
– Smile! That’s good.
– Okay. (giggling) – Um, I guess I can
put it on the table. (audience laughing) So, that is the conclusion
of our Pinning Ceremony. There are refreshments. I don’t know what the
area is called, I’m sorry. – Dickinson Commons.
– The Dickinson Commons. If you go out up
here on the, up here, and it’s behind us,
where we are now. My sense of direction
is terrible, (audience laughing)
but again thank you so much for being here, I’m sure
your support means a lot to our graduating
class, and informally, it’s very nice to meet you guys. (audience laughing
and applauding)