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July 16-- Pinning ceremonies were held for Southeastern Tech’s newest Practical Nursing class in Tattnall Auditorium on the college’s campus.

{mosimage}Nine students met their instructors on stage: Amanda Connelly and Jamie Heckel of Collins, Bethany Odum of Glennville, Jennifer Darden and Kelly Hinson of Lyons, Trellis Ivey and Melody Truett of Mount Vernon, and Rebekah Barr and Ashley Phillips of Vidalia.

Though the focus was on the graduating students, they were quick to credit their friends and families.

“This celebration is not only the result of the hard work of the students on the stage, but your hard work as well,” said Barr. “You’ve provided us with the support, love, and dedication that we have all needed as we have walked through this journey.”

The graduates recounted moments the group shared and joked with their instructors in a speech before the pinning and a slide show after.

“I don’t know how you managed to survive us, but we’re so glad you did,” said Darden. “You have listened to our whining, put up with our arguing, set us straight when we were sure that we knew more than you did, and yet through all that and more, none of you ever laid a hand on us.”

Though the mood was gracious and light-hearted, in the end, it was about celebrating the students and their work. From varied backgrounds and ambitions, they put in the hours to earn their ceremony.

“The truth is that maybe not all of us on the stage tonight grew up wanting to become a nurse or knew that’s what we wanted to be,” said Darden. “But over the last year and a half that’s what’s happened. We have developed hands that move to heal, hearts that care for the broken, ears that listen to what is unspoken, and eyes that see what may be hidden. We have become nurses.”