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Pinning Ceremonies Ended the Year on a High Note

January, 2020
  • QCC Nursing graduates from the day program (from left) Suzanne Phipps and Kim Nguyen.
    QCC Nursing graduates from the day program (from left) Suzanne Phipps and Kim Nguyen.
  • Alena Kuzniatsova is all smiles at the Nurse Education day program pinning ceremony.
    Alena Kuzniatsova is all smiles at the Nurse Education day program pinning ceremony.
  • From left: Kendra Furtek, nursing graduate from the day program,Patrick Muthee, and Nurse Education Professor Patricia Creelman.
    Kendra Furtek, nursing graduate from the day program, Patrick Muthee, and Nurse Education Professor Patricia Creelman.
  • Nurse Education evening program graduate Kenai Adams gets pinned by Associate Professor of Nurse Education Suzanne Kiniry.
    Nurse Education evening program graduate Kenai Adams gets pinned by Associate Professor of Nurse Education Suzanne Kiniry.
  • Nursing graduates from the evening program receive their lamps during a December pinning ceremony.
    Nursing graduates from the evening program receive their lamps during a December pinning ceremony.
  • December nursing graduates
    December nursing graduates
  • December Nurse Education graduates from the evening programs.
    December Nurse Education graduates in the evening programs.
  • Graduates in the December 2019 Nurse Education day program.
    Graduates in the December 2019 Nurse Education day program.
  • Two Letters say it all for these nursing grads.
    Two Letters say it all for these nursing grads.

In mid-December, Quinsigamond Community College's day and evening nursing classes each held their annual graduation pinning ceremonies at Hebert Auditorium. A total of 32 day students and 63 evening students received their nursing pins in powerful, annual ceremonies steeped in tradition. According to Professor of Nurse Education,​ Patricia Creelman, all nursing graduates in both the day and evening programs will be sitting for their licensure exam during February or March.

“This past year was a great one for our nursing programs. We graduated over 90 nursing students in December, our largest graduating class ever,” said Dean of the School of Healthcare​Pat Schmohl. “I am so proud of our staff and faculty for working so hard over these last couple of years to prepare so many nurses to help our community.”

Additionally, 96% of QCC nursing graduates who graduated in 2019 prior to December, passed the NCLEX exam on the first try.

Since the early 1800s pinning ceremonies have become a time-honored tradition at colleges and universities nationwide. Each nursing school has an identifiable pin designating the school where nursing graduates received their education.

“The nursing programs are quite rigorous and these students diligently worked to meet the requirements of each of the programs,” Professor Creelman said. “These graduating classes represent a diverse group of students who bring a variety of life experiences to our programs and, as such, enrich the educational experiences of all.”

December graduates in the Nurse Education day program included:

  • Phiona Amankwah
  • Kelly Ashe-Dailida
  • Jessica Auclair
  • Lilla Bulman
  • Sarah Creelman
  • Stephanie Donaghy
  • Heather Dozois
  • Amanda Eddy
  • David Farmer
  • Alex Gachuhi
  • Natalie Giangaspro
  • Ashley Granger
  • Laura Haddad
  • Danielle Kokoski
  • Alena Kuzniatsova
  • Danielle Larson
  • Tatsuki Motoyoshi
  • Edmund Mugaragu
  • Patrick Muthee
  • Kim Nguyen
  • Akua Nti
  • Kaitlen Olszta
  • Solomon Oneka
  • Susanne Phipps
  • Eric Quitadamo
  • Alyssa Ramos
  • Michelle Sarfo-Adu
  • Ashley Sizer
  • Mina Tajiani
  • Erica Widen
  • Tara Zuschlag

December graduates in the Nurse Education evening program included:

  • Kenai Adams
  • Vivian Boahen
  • Peter Brennan
  • Afua Darkwah
  • Laura De Sosa
  • Laura De Sosa
  • Andrea De Sosa
  • Tia Gaines
  • Lily Grote
  • Nina Hernandes
  • Alyssa Herrick
  • Juliana Hickey
  • Jessica Hutchins
  • Jennette Kent
  • Galen Kerr
  • Lauren Kiritsy
  • Kirsten Laak
  • Margareth Larrieux
  • Kathleen Mendez
  • Thanh Nguyen
  • Thomas Oliva
  • Nicole Sweet
  • Alysia Tashjian
  • Alexis Tashjian
  • Simon Waweru
  • Samuel Ampadu
  • Linda Asare
  • Schari Bennett
  • Nicole Bisazza
  • Krista Buchanan
  • David Canale
  • Philip Damoah
  • Kerry-Ann Desautels
  • Linda Duah
  • Amanda Elfman
  • Sarah Fagan
  • Emily Figueroa
  • Julie Fraher
  • Jennifer Garlick
  • Kormassa Gboviyea
  • Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Kelly Green
  • Ruth Gurney
  • Lily Gyasi-Denteh
  • Judy Kimaku
  • Kayla Kimball
  • Tammy LaFleche
  • Sauda Matovu
  • Agnes Muia
  • George Nganga
  • Adwoa Obenewaa
  • Elizabeth Romanik
  • Michael Ruhamya
  • Lucia Sears
  • Lindsay Silva
  • Simone Spencer
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Kristin Williams

December graduates in Nurse Education - Advance Placement LPN Option evening program included:

  • Samuel Ampadu
  • Linda Asare
  • Schari Bennett
  • Nicole Bisazza
  • Krista Buchanan
  • David Canale
  • Philip Damoah
  • Kerry-Ann Desautels
  • Linda Duah
  • Amanda Elfman
  • Sarah Fagan
  • Emily Figueroa
  • Julie Fraher
  • Jennifer Garlick
  • Kormassa Gboviyea
  • Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Kelly Green
  • Ruth Gurney
  • Lily Gyasi-Denteh
  • Judy Kimaku
  • Kayla Kimball
  • Tammy LaFleche
  • Sauda Matovu
  • Agnes Muia
  • George Nganga
  • Adwoa Obenewaa
  • Elizabeth Romanik
  • Michael Ruhamya
  • Lucia Sears
  • Lindsay Silva
  • Simone Spencer
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Melissa Tolan
  • Kristin Williams

December graduates in Nurse Education - Advance Placement Paramedic Option evening program included:

  • Stephanie Kent
  • Michael Levesque
  • Nicholas North
  • Robert O'Hearn
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