CLTCC GRADUATES front row, from left, Keisha Scott, Shawn Russell, Stratton Rymer, Krystal Williams, Kenesha Jackson, Semone Reed, Alexis Thompson, Courtney Tolbert, and Celes Reason. Second row from left, Melissa Cavin, Alyssa Bellanger, Marling Crum, Stephanie Craft, Emily Moss, Isabella Joy, Tamara Reed, Heather Snelson, Areyanna Ashley, and Stacy Thomas. Back row from left, Lynn Beverly, Paige Whittington, Diamond Reason, Kayla Binna, Sarah Whatley Evans, Leah Whatley, Karly Johnson, Mary Thomas, and Clay Burley.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Central Louisiana Technical College - Ferriday Campus Practical Nursing Program held the 26th Nightingale Lamp and Pinning ceremony at the campus. A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are presented with pins by nursing faculty or by nurses who have close relationships with the graduates. The school pin is designed specifically for the school of nursing. The lamp symbolizes the lit lamp used by Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing, as she tended to soldiers in the Crimean War. The ceremony included the traditional Nightingale lamp candle lighting and the Nightingale Pledge recitation. White New Testament Bibles were presented to the nurses by the Lady Gideon’s Auxiliary, as has been a long tradition. The graduates also recognized their family members and support persons by presenting them with roses or tokens of appreciation. Student presented faculty members with special plaques representing Class 26.

Mr. William Tulak, CLTCC Vice Chancellor of Academics congratulated graduates and encouraged them to represent CLTCC well as they embarked on the next step in their careers and educational pursuits. Mrs. Mignonne Ater, MSN, Ferriday Campus Dean, and Dean of Health Programs for CLTCC, challenged graduates to represent the profession of nursing well, as it is much more than a job, but rather a “calling”, highly regarded and respected by society.

Special awards were presented to the following graduates:

• National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses Honor Society inductees, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher were Alyssa Bellanger, Melissa Cavin, Karly Johnson, Emily Moss, Celes Reason, Heather Snelson, Alexis Thompson, and Sarah Whatley Evans. Student received a pin and certificate for their achievements.

• Clinical Honors awards were presented to students earning an “A” average for all Medical-Surgical clinical components throughout the program.

• Mary Thomas was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence award. She was selected by faculty for exemplary performance in both classroom and clinical setting, and for possessing skills that strengthened interpersonal relationships, and guided ethical and moral decision-making that displays the attributes of a strong nurse.

• The Peer Recognition award was presented to Celes Reason. Graduates of Class 26 selected Ms. Reason for her display of the same attributes identified by the faculty for the Clinical Excellence award.

Graduates receiving pins and recognition included: Areyanna Ashley, Alyssa Bellanger, Lynn Beverly, Kayla Binns, Clay Burley, Melissa Cavin, Stephanie Craft, Marling Crum, Kenesha Jackson, Karly Johnson, Hannah Isabella Joy, Emily Moss, Celes Reason, Diamond Reason, Semone Reed, Tamara Reed, Shawn Russell, Stratton Rymer, Keisha Scott, Heather Snelson, Mary Thomas, Stacy Thomas, Alexis Thompson, Courtney Tolbert, Leah Whatley, Sarah Whatley Evans, Paige Whittington, and Krystal Williams.

Practical Nursing faculty are Michelle Tiffee, RN, Dana Skinner, RN, Melinda Patt, RN, and Michelle Fife, RN. A reception for the graduates and their friends and family was held immediately after the ceremony.

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